WHEN IT’S FALL…IT’S MANE EVENT
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.
FOUR $500-ADDED “JACKPOT” STAKES – Five Gaited, Three Gaited, Park and Fine Harnss – 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 9:30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
ADDED CLASSES AND CLASS SCHEDULE UPDATES
The American Dutch Harness Horse Association has requested we add classes to accommodate their breed at Mane Event. They will be showing in our Roadster Horse Classes, Open Pleasure – Any Breed Classes. At their request we have also added the following Opportunity Classes.
Open Fine Harness – Any Breed
Class # 9A Open Fine Harness, Junior Horse (Thurs. Mat.)
24A Open Fine Harness (Thurs. Eve.)
90A Open Fine Harness (Sat. Eve.)
These classes are eligible to meet qualifying class requirements for the 2017 ADHHA National Championship.
We have also added the following TBA (To Be Announced) classes.
Class # 26A Country Pleasure Three Gaited, Masters (50 & over) (Thurs. Eve.)
(Class 29 Three Gaited Adult, Changed to (18-49)
37A Show Pleasure Three Gaited, Jr. Ex. (13 & under) (Fri. Mat.)
(Class 45 Show Pleasure Three Gaited, Jr. Ex. Changed to (14 – 17)
71A Show Pleasure ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving (Sat. Mat.)
78A Country Pleasure ASHA Junior Exhibitor Driving (Sat. Mat.
74A Hackney Country Pleasure Driving (Sat. Mat.)