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WHEN IT’S FALL…IT’S MANE EVENT
Springfield Temps Average 63º-65º During Mane Event
Perfect Showing Weather
Weather hasn’t been “average” for recent Mane Event shows. Last year it was unusually warm and the year before unusually cool. According to Weather.com, however, days of this year’s Mane Event should be 63º-65º -- ideal fall weather, perfect for showing horses.
New This Year at Mane Event:
• Open Pleasure Any Breed Division (6 classes)
• Good Hands Adult Finals
• Trainers of top 5 horses get 50% of entry fees in the $500 “Jackpot” Five Gaited, Three Gaited and Fine Harness Stakes; owners get the $500 purse money
JOIN US AT THE COUNTRY’S BEST SHOW FACILITIES
Join us 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. Also 21 Hackney Pony classes (FYI: Mid-West Hackney Pony Sale is Saturday afternoon); 5 Road Horse classes and 11 Equitation classes including the Good Hands and new Good Hands Adult Finals plus a USEF Medal that qualifies for this year’s finals.
THREE $500-ADDED “JACKPOT” STAKES – Five Gaited, Three Gaited and Fine Harness – require no qualification and are open to all on Saturday night.
GOOD HANDS JUNIOR EXHIBITOR FINALS SCHEDULING has preliminary rail and workout phases for all riders at 10:30 A.M. Friday morning, the Championship phases for Top 10 riders on Saturday afternoon and the awards ceremony at the beginning of the Saturday evening session. National Horseman magazine is the official sponsor of The Good Hands Finals.
[For information on holding a Good Hands Junior Exhibitor qualifying class at your local show, call 847/537-4743 or email email@example.com. Shows do not have to be USEF affiliated. Class fee is $35, which includes the distinctive “trophy” ribbon.]
HOSPITALITY during Mane Event includes a Friday night celebration honoring all Good Hands Finals riders. Although held in the same building as the exhibitors party, the Good Hands celebration will have a completely different vibe and include music, dancing and food. All exhibitors are invited to attend both the Good Hands 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.