Skip to content

Mane Event Adds Classes, Subtracts Sunspots



Six classes have been added and arena sunspots have been removed for the Mid-America Mane Event Show, October 23-26 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.  The added classes are:

#1A Thursday Afternoon: Open Equitation Prospect – Each rider to bring a “pocket workout” (opportunity to practice in a Finals condition)

#17 Thursday Evening: Open Western Pleasure

#53A Friday Evening: Saddle Seat Equitation – Rider 13 Years & Under; any suitable horse

#64A Friday Evening: Open Pleasure Driving – any suitable horse or pony

#69 Saturday Afternoon: Show Pleasure Driving, Junior Exhibitor

#85A Saturday Evening: Open Pleasure Driving Jackpot (no qualification required) – any suitable horse or pony

Regular class entry fees apply to added classes; no post entry fee will be charged. 

Though not listed as such in the prize list, the Park Three Gaited Stake (class #83 on Saturday afternoon) is a “jackpot” class that requires no qualification.

Undoubtedly, sunspots on the arena floor have been part of showing in the Coliseum since it was built in 1901. Many horsemen consider the Coliseum’s  ideally-sized and banked oval arena with its excellent footing to be the best show ring in the country….but then there are those famous – or infamous -- sunspots!

Some exhibitors claim to enjoy the challenge presented by the sunspots, while others say it’s fun watching riders and drivers navigate around them. Now, however, exhibitors will no longer have to try to ride through sunspots as the Coliseum’s south side upper windows have been covered to eliminate them.

With or without sunspots, Mane Event offers an expansive class list with excellent options for amateurs showing performance and pleasure Saddlebreds and Hackneys, and boasts ideal facilities for showing young horses and ponies. Returning for the sixth year is the NHS “Good Hands” Finals, with The National Horseman as official sponsor.  For the past three years, the “Good Hands” has been the largest final of the saddle seat equitation triple crown. 

Rob Byers, Adam Clauson and Marsha Shepard will judge all Mane Event classes.

To reserve stalls for Mane Event, contact Joy Meierhans, show managaer, at 630/557-2575 or email JM@TheMeierhans.com.  For a revised class schedule or prize list, visit: www.MidAmericaHorseShow.org.

More Stories

  • Obituary - Rich Robertson

    Saddle Horse Report learned of the passing of noted horse trainer Rich Robertson on December 24, 2017 at the age of 69. Robertson spent several years as the trainer for Susan Phillips’ Alpha-Sun Stables, showing world-class stars across the country. Read More
  • Brookhill's Fame Now Offered For Your Consideration

    The March 12 issue of Saddle Horse Report will feature its Spring Sales Spectacular. In addition to a special rate, one of several extras for placing horses for sale in that issue will be each horse will be featured on the home page of our website like this. This big, handsome, bay gelding has been a proven champion in the Amateur Ladies Three-Gaited, Adult Park and Show Pleasure divisions. If you're looking for a safe, competitive pleasure mount, he is the one. Direct inquires to Mark Utoft. Read More
  • CH Wicked In A Winning Way Now Being Offered For Your Consideration

    The March 12 issue of Saddle Horse Report will feature its Spring Sales Spectacular. In addition to a special rate, one of several extras for placing horses for sale in that issue will be each horse will be featured on the home page of our website like this. A World's and Reserve World's Champion, he is enough horse for the amateur or ladies five-gaited division but would be a superstar in the 13 and under or five-gaited pleasure division. Direct inquires to Mark Utoft. Read More
  • AMHA Announces Board of Director Election Results

    The American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., held its annual meeting of members on February 16, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky.  Read More
  • 2018 AMHA/WMF Stallion Service Auction Results

    Nearly $75,000 was raised at the 2018 AMHA/WMF Stallion Service Auction. The net income following expenses from this auction go to Morgan breed promotion and will be distributed to the World Morgan Futurity, AMHA regional shows, the AMHA Show Grant Program, and AMHA's Marketing and Promotion. Read More
  • Heritage Stables Open House

    Bryan and Katy Earehart announce their first Open House, Saturday February 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Heritage Stables, 6209 Bethel Church Rd, Gibsonville, North Carolina. Light breakfast items will be available while enjoying Hackney Pony demonstrations and sharing a common love for the Hackney. Read More
  • ASB Museum accepting applications

    The American Saddlebred Museum is seeking a skilled development and marketing professional to assist in fundraising, donor relationships, and execution of marketing and communication strategies for the Museum, located in Lexington, Kentucky at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Read More
  • Latest Issue Feb-19-18

    Read More
  • UPHA Chapter 14 Scholarship Applications Available

    Chapter 14 of the United Professional Horsemen’s Association offers educational scholarships annually with up to $7,500 awarded. These scholarships are open to applicants who are high school seniors or college freshmen. Applicants must be UPHA Chapter 14 Junior or Associate members or the child of an Active UPHA Chapter 14 member. Read More
  • Jubilee Regional Morgan Horse Show Holding Online Fundraiser

    With the commitment to a Bigger and Better Jubilee in 2019, the show committee is not letting time get away. “We have been meeting every week via conference call and have been working on the financial side of the show in the past month, said Jubilee treasurer Kathy Beverage. Read More