1/17/2013 10:03:00 AM New vendor space and expanded hours for Illinois Horse Fair
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Top national clinicians and equine educators join vendors offering everything equestrian at the 24th Annual Illinois Horse Fair, March 1-3, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. Featuring award-winning clinician, and Aussie Stockman, Guy McLean along with Jason and Rose Goodman and their “Percheron Thunder” six-horse team at this year’s event sponsored by Purina Mills and the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Horse Fair opens on Friday at 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 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Friday and Saturday nights will feature Ranch Rodeo “the Original Rodeo” at 7:30 p.m. in the Coliseum with Guy McLean.
Training demonstrations along with clinics and demo sessions will be held in both the Coliseum and the Livestock Center. The 2013 theme is “Horses through History, Past, Present and Future.” 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 really has something for everyone. Other featured clinicians include Tracy Porter, Terry Myers, Bianca Massa, Tim Austin and gaited horse clinician Anita Howe.
Daily admission tickets are $10 each and weekend passes are $25. Children under 8 are free with a paid adult, so bring the kids along for a fun and educational weekend! 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 with general Admission tickets for $10. Reserved Seating tickets for the evening performances are $15. Be sure and watch for new parking locations for spectators. A handicap parking area is designated for easy access at the northeast side of the Expo Hall. Tickets can be purchased by visitingwww.horsemenscouncil.org/HorseFair or calling 217-529-6503.
Illinois Horse Fair is produced by 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.