Chris Cox, Yvonne Barteau headline 25th Illinois Horse Fair
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[January 11, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — Texas horseman
Chris Cox and three-time colt-starting world champion and Chicago
horsewoman Yvonne Barteau, United States Dressage Federation gold
medalist, will headline the "East Meets West"-themed 2014 Illinois
Horse Fair, March 7-9, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in
The Illinois Horse Fair is sponsored by Purina Feed, Midway
Trailer Sales, Illinois Farm Bureau and Kubota USA and is
produced by the Horsemen's Council of Illinois. Horse lovers of
all stripes will enjoy diversity as never before at the fair’s
silver anniversary celebration.
Cox has had a lifetime of
education with the greatest, most important teacher of all: the
horse. Raised on a cattle ranch in the wilds of Australia, he
had opportunities that most horsemen never experience. With only
horses for transportation, he learned at an early age how to
appreciate the abilities and traditions of the great men and
horses around him. Influenced in his early years by both English
and Western traditions, Cox has implemented a style and
technique that can be applied universally between both worlds.
His common-sense, straightforward approach allows the average
horseman, as well as the advanced rider, insight into horse
behavior and leads them toward that ultimate goal of a versatile
and useful partnership between human and horse.
Barteau has dedicated her life to understanding horses and
preparing them for their careers, whatever that might be.
"I have been in the horse business all my life and have
trained and competed horses in everything from team penning and
barrels to Standardbred racing, from 100-mile endurance rides to
equine theater to Grand Prix dressage," she said.
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She has trained horses to the Grand Prix level and has won
numerous USDF Horse of the Year titles as well as being a Fédération
Equestre Internationale trainer, competitor and instructor. The
author of "Ride the Right Horse," Barteau is a sought-after
instructor and clinician as well as an authority on recognizing
equine personality types and on targeted training strategies to
communicate with particular temperaments.
Information on clinicians, schedules and tickets will be posted
www.horsemenscouncil.org/HorseFair as it is finalized. Those
interested in having information emailed to them may sign up on the
same home page for Horse Fair updates or can participate in the
mounting excitement through the Facebook page,
The 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.
For exhibitor information, contact Karen Freese, manager, at
[Text from file received from
Horsemen's Council of