New vendor space and expanded hours for Illinois Horse Fair, March
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[February 02, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- Top national clinicians
and equine educators will join vendors offering everything
equestrian at the 24th annual Illinois Horse Fair, March 1-3, at the
Illinois State Fairgrounds. The 2013 theme is "Horses through
History, Past, Present and Future." This year's event features
award-winning clinician and Aussie stockman Guy McLean, along with
Jason and Rose Goodman and their "Percheron Thunder" six-horse team.
Other featured clinicians are Tracy Porter, Terry Myers, Bianca
Massa, Tim Austin and gaited horse clinician Anita Howe.
is sponsored by Purina Mills and the Illinois Farm Bureau.
The Illinois Horse Fair opens on a Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., when
the commercial exhibitors will be ready to sell their equestrian
products in a new location at the historic Exposition Hall. Hours
Saturday are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and then 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Friday and
Saturday nights will feature Ranch Rodeo, "the Original Rodeo," with
Guy McLean in the Coliseum at 7:30.
Training demonstrations along with clinics and demo sessions will
be presented in both the Coliseum and the Livestock Center.
With over 140 commercial vendors expected, the return of the
popular HorsesForSale aisles, breed and sport demonstrations,
Stallion Row and Parade, the All-Youth Horse Judging Trials, Future
Riders activity area and a queen contest, the Illinois Horse Fair
has something for everyone.
Daily admission tickets are $10 each and weekend passes are $25.
Children under 8 are admitted free with a paid adult. General
admission tickets give access to all exhibits, clinics and
educational presentations. Gates will be open at 8 a.m. and
wristbands can be purchased at the gates. Ranch Rodeo requires
separate tickets for Friday and Saturday nights along with the
general admission tickets. Reserved seating tickets for the evening
performances are $15.
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Watch for new parking locations for spectators. A parking area
for the handicapped is designated for easy access at the northeast
side of the Expo Hall.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting
www.horsemenscouncil.org/HorseFair or calling 217-529-6503.
The Illinois Horse Fair is produced by the Horsemen's Council of
Illinois, an affiliate chapter of the American Horse Council. HCI is
the statewide "organization of organizations" and individuals,
providing central leadership and advocacy for Illinois' 64,000 horse
owners, 178,000 horses and its diverse $1.2 billion equine industry.
[Text from file received from the
Council of Illinois]