The Rio Verde Roverettes brought the Verde Valley Equine Festival to Cottonwood from April 19-21. The three-day event featured three days of outstanding horse clinics by celebrated experts and professionals from all aspects of equine health community; a variety of riding demonstrations in both English showing and western disciplines; and vendor booths providing information for horse owners, along with new innovations in products and accessories. The Arizona Horseman's Challenge made its debut this year, featuring 5 exceptional Arizona horse trainers chosen from 5 Arizona regions. In addition, there was EXCA (Extreme Cowboy Assoc.) competitions held on Saturday and Sunday.