Horse lovers were thrilled by the Midwest Horse Fair that was held from April 15 through 17 this year. The event is held every year at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. There are more than $1,800 cash prizes to be won during the three-day fair. Themed “Sky is the Limit”, the 2016 competition was the strongest since its inception in 1979. The unlimited glitz and glamor associated with horses was superbly celebrated.
The horse fair attracted a host of sponsors led by the Wisconsin Hunter Jumper Association (WHJA).
Wondering what it was all about? Everything about horses was highlighted in some way. Styled for both young and old, the event was an all-inclusive one. There were many vendors to shop from, hundreds of clinics, and a wide array of equine demonstrations.
A total of 30 riders took part -- 5 from Illinois and the rest from Wisconsin. The 2’3” to 2’6” contestants riding for over $600 were included: Connor Ballweg, of Lodi, Wisconsin; Kirk Boerst, of Seymour, Wisconsin; Allyson Butler, of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin; Cailyn Schave, of Poynette, Wisconsin; and Jessica Stoppa of Lake in the Hills, Illinois; and others.
Those contesting $1,200 in cash prizes in the 2’6” to 2’9” division were Marisa Baese of Thiensville, Wisconsin; Regan Betterman of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin; Makenna Gilhuber of Cascade, Wisconsin; Kimberly Johnson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Noelle Krueger of Palatine, Illinois; MacKenzie McCulley of Ripon, Wisconsin; Libby Sullivan of Monona, Wisconsin; and Ella Zumbrick of Fitchburg, Wisconsin; among others.
The stakes were high in the 37th annual event -- fun was redefined with special evening performances on Friday and Saturday. The kids were not been left out. The planned Kids Korral activities gave them memorable escapades. Besides the fun, the event also sought to offer education to horse owners and the general public on equine breeding and discipline.
Among other logistics, the state of Wisconsin required proper documentation for those coming with horses. For those whose horses experienced any challenges, there were a number of vets just a call away for service.
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