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Ed Bennett, Nelson Green, and Lonnie Lavery To Judge Mid-America Mane Event


Ed Bennett, Nelson Green and Lonnie Lavery will judge the 4th Annual Mid-America Mane Event Show, October 19-22 (Thursday-Sunday) at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.  The show is produced by Mid-America Horse Show Association.

Mid-America Mane Event is held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum, widely recognized by the show horse community and others as the country’s best show facilities.  The excellent arena, three covered warm-up areas and outstanding stabling are popular with Saddlebred stables as well as other breeds and disciplines.  The facilities are in continuous use from March through October for regional and national shows, including the Midwest Charity Show in June.

Mane Event offers a full schedule of classes for Saddlebreds (performance, park, pleasure), roadster horses (bike, under saddle), Hackney Ponies (harness, roadster, pleasure ponies) and equitation (saddle seat, pleasure, adult, walk/trot). 

Included in those divisions are Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited and Fine Harness classes, three Grand National classes (Fine Harness Two-Year-Old, Three-Gaited Amateur Championship and Five-Gaited Championship), four UPHA Three-Year-Old Classics, two Junior Exhibitor Driving Challenges, four AHHS Youth Medallions (two are under saddle), two USEF Medals and four UPHA Challenge Cups.

The five- and three-gaited performance sections include two qualifying classes and a championship for amateur riders, plus a qualifying class and championship for ladies and junior exhibitors.

The pleasure division has large show and country sections with age groups and championships, novice horse and novice rider classes, junior horse and championship plus western, hunter and the Youth Driving Challenge. 

Returning to Mane Event this year is the prestigious National Pleasure Equitation Olympics Finals. The Pleasure Olympics brings together riders from around the country who have qualified at local and regional shows to compete together for custom-designed trophies in three categories: 13 and Under, 14 through 17 and Adult.  The National Pleasure Equitation Olympics is sponsored by the Illinois American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association.

Equitation riders also have age groups (including adult) and championships plus USEF Medals and UPHA Challenge Cups that qualify for this year’s finals as well as Pleasure and Walk/Trot Challenge Cups and Pleasure Medallions for next year’s finals.

The Hackney pony division includes 18 classes for performance, pleasure, and road ponies, including two under-saddle classes.  

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