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JOIN US AT THE COUNTRY’S BEST SHOW FACILITIES
Join us at Mane Event for a full schedule of performance, pleasure and equitation classes at the highly regarded Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield – where ALL STABLING IS IN ENCLOSED BARNS convenient to the coliseum.
Exhibitors tell us they really appreciate the facilities…. the Coliseum’s banked oval arena and the three warm-up rings (two indoor arenas plus a huge covered arena with a 50’ round pen), all next to the Coliseum in-gate....all available 24/7. Plus the excellent stabling.
AN EXPANSIVE CLASS LIST has excellent options for amateurs showing performance (Amateur, Ladies and Junior Exhibitor Five and Three Gaited qualifiers and championships) and pleasure (Show, Country, Western and Hunter), and the ideal facilities – and classes -- for showing young horses.
SEVEN NEW CLASSES include a never-before-held “Jackpot” Equitation Stake on Saturday night that requires no qualification and is open to saddle seat riders 17 years and under on a suitable horse of any breed; also Park Three Gaited Junior Exhibitor qualifier and championship; Show Pleasure Walk/Trot 12 & Under qualifier and championship; and Road Horse to Bike Amateur qualifier and championship.
THREE $500-ADDED “JACKPOT” STAKES – Five Gaited, Three Gaited and Fine Harness – require no qualification and are open to all on Saturday night.
NEW “GOOD HANDS” FINALS SCHEDULING is exhibitor-friendly for riders and coaches. The Finals are held over two days, instead of all on the same day as in the past, and the morning session will start two hours later. Preliminary rail and workout phases for all Finals riders will be 10 A.M. Friday morning, October 24, and the Championship phases for Top 10 riders, on the next day, at the end of the Saturday afternoon session. The Finals awards ceremony is at the beginning of the Saturday evening session. National Horseman magazine is the official sponsor of the NHS "Good Hands" Finals.
For information on holding a NHS “Good Hands” qualifying class at your local show, call 516/484-1865 or email NationalHS@aol.com. Shows do not have to be USEF affiliated. Class fee is $35, which includes the trophy.
MID-WEST HACKNEY SALE RETURNS so none of Mane Event’s 21 Hackney classes are scheduled on Saturday afternoon to accommodate our pony exhibitors. Those classes include five AHHS Youth Medallions and four $250-added Junior UPHA Classics, all qualifying for their own Finals at this year’s American Royal, plus open and amateur classes for Hackney cob tails, long tails, show pleasure and road ponies.
HOSPITALITY includes a new Friday night celebration honoring all the “Good Hands” Finals riders. Held in the Artisans Building, where Mane Event’s famous exhibitors party is held, the new celebration will have a completely different vibe, and include music, dancing and food. All exhibitors are invited to attend both the new Friday celebration as well as the Saturday night exhibitors party considered by many to be the best on the show circuit with multiple gourmet food stations (including the famous Lobster Bisque) and no long waiting lines.
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AFFILIATIONS: USEF, MAHSA, ASAW, IASPHA, IHPB&E, IHSA, IASHA, MHSA.