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
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.
Horse lovers of all stripes will enjoy diversity as never before
at Illinois Horse Fair's silver anniversary celebration.
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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
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
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