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Mid America Mane Event Announces Judges

Rob Byers, Adam Clauson and Marsha Shepard will judge the 12th annual Mid-America Mane Event Show, October 23-26 (Thursday-Sunday) at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Mane Event offers an expansive class list with excellent options for amateurs showing performance and pleasure horses, and boasts ideal facilities for showing young horses. Returning for the sixth year is the NHS “Good Hands” Finals, part of the saddle seat equitation triple crown.


The Illinois State Fairgrounds facilities are totally “horse-friendly” and widely recognized as the country’s best show horse facilities. Mane Event stabling is in enclosed barns convenient to the Coliseum plus there are three warm-up rings – two indoors and a huge covered arena that includes a 50-ft. round pen – all next to the in-gate and available 24/7. Professionals as well as amateurs like showing in the Coliseum’s ideally-sized and banked oval arena with its excellent footing.

Mane Event organizers recognize that sociability is a big part of the fun for all exhibitors, and will continue their popular Saturday night exhibitors party.  It is  considered by many to be the best on the show circuit, with multiple catered gourmet food stations (including the famous Lobster Bisque) and no long waiting lines.

Mid-America Mane Event entry booklet will be ready in August.  To request a printed copy, call Show Manager Joy Meierhans at 630/557-2575; or email  Last year’s Mane Event class list can still be viewed at, where this year’s entry booklet will be available to download and print.   Mane Event is produced by Mid-America Horse Show Association, one of the largest ASHA charter clubs.

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