Heartland Horseman's Challenge to feature Illinois-based horsemen
and horse rescues at 25th Illinois Horse Fair
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[January 08, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — New for 2014, the
Heartland Horseman's Challenge is a judged competition all three
days of the Illinois Horse Fair, March 7-9, at the Illinois State
Fairgrounds in Springfield. In the competition, four horsemen and
women are given an opportunity to choose and work with a rescue
horse, culminating in a freestyle ride and challenge course. The
competition will allow horsemen to showcase their program and the
potential talents of their chosen horse, which will be available for
adoption throughout the event.
The Illinois Horse Fair is partnering with the
Hooved Animal Humane Society
of Woodstock for this inaugural competition. HAHS is a nonprofit
organization founded in 1971 by concerned and committed
citizens. The mission of the society is to promote the humane
treatment of hooved animals through education, legislation,
investigation and, if necessary, legal intervention. The society
will bring eight rescued horses for the trainers to choose from
for the competition.
Leading up to the event, the four
Heartland Horseman's Challenge horsemen and women will be
announced on the Illinois Horse Fair website,
www.horsemenscouncil.org/HorseFair, and on Facebook,
Tickets for the Illinois Horse Fair include the Heartland
Horseman's Challenge and are also available on the website and
Facebook pages. Those interested in having information emailed
to them may sign up for Horse Fair updates on the website.
Programming for the "East Meets West"-themed 2014 Illinois
Horse Fair will feature the talents of Chris Cox and Yvonne
Barteau as well as many other great horsemen and women,
including Terry Myers in horsemanship; Liz Graves, gaited
riding; Scott McKinsey, cutting; Susan White, hunters and
jumpers; and many more yet to be announced.
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Horse lovers of all stripes will enjoy diversity as never before
at Illinois Horse Fair's silver anniversary celebration.
Illinois Horse Fair annually offers training and riding clinics
by nationally and internationally known trainers, seminars by horse
experts, and great shopping with 140 vendors selling all things
equestrian. Programming includes breed and sport demos, Stallion Row
and Parade, HorsesForSale aisles, the All-Youth Judging Trials,
young riders area, and queen and princess contests.
The Illinois Horse Fair is sponsored by Purina Feed, Midway
Trailer Sales, Illinois Farm Bureau and Kubota USA and produced by
the Horsemen's Council of Illinois.
For exhibitor information, contact Karen Freese, manager, at
[Text from file received from
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