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Mid-America Horse Show Association Announces 2017 Mane Event Venue, Judging Panel and Good Hands National Finals Details



The Mane Event Horse Show and The Good Hands National Finals will be held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, October 19th thru the 22nd. Judges for all divisions will be Tom Bombolis, Barbe Smith, and Bill Waller.  

“The Illinois State Fairgrounds has long-been considered one of the premier horse show facilities in the country and we are pleased to host the Mane Event Horse Show at the Fairgrounds again this year,” announced Connie MacQueen, President of Mid-America Horse Show Association, producer of the Mane Event Horse Show. 

The 2017 Mane Event show competition will be held in the newly enclosed Fairgrounds arena.  “Plans are underway to provide additional enhancements to the arena to create an attractive exhibitor-friendly show ring,” according to Stephanie Peterson, show manager for Mane Event.  “Plans include modification to the show ring, improved seating, and creating a comfortable inviting arena for everyone to compete and enjoy the show.”  

“Mane Event offers great hospitality and we plan this year to be better than ever.  Everyone is invited to join our Friday Night Celebration honoring our Good Hands riders.  Our Saturday Night Exhibitors Party, considered by many to be the best party on the circuit, will continue to provide gourmet fare, including a not-to-be-missed Lobster Bisque,” added Stephanie.

Mid-America Horse Show Association will again host The Good Hands National Finals, officially sponsored by National Horseman Publishing, during Mane Event.  This championship is the first leg of the Triple Crown competition for junior exhibitors and completes the Triple Crown adult equitation riders’ competition.   

Mid-America Horse Show Association appreciates the support of past exhibitors, welcomes new exhibitors and looks forward to hosting ‘the Mane Event of the Season” this fall.  Don’t miss the Event! 

For more information on Mane Event and Mid-America Horse Show Association, visit
Mid-America Horse Show website, or on Facebook Mid-America Horse Show, or contact Show Manager, Stephanie Peterson, [email protected] or (612) 708-9752.  For more information on The Good Hands Finals, visit The Good Hands Finals website, or on Facebook The Good Hands, or contact Sharon Gardner (630) 738-0867.


About Mid-America Horse Show Association

 Mid-America Horse Show Association, incorporated in 1939, is a 501(c)(7) non-profit organization pledged to providing an environment for members to fully realize and enjoy their involvement with American Saddlebred horses, Hackney ponies and Roadsters through competitions, education and other equine related activities.

Mid-America is one of the largest charter clubs of the American Saddlebred Horse Association with members who are owners, trainers, exhibitors and admirers of these horses and ponies, as well as riders of Saddle Seat Equitation.

The organization produces three shows a year and oversees a regional circuit of 25 affiliated A, A/B and B rated shows in Illinois and surrounding states where members earn points toward year-end awards.  
Mid-America is a charter member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) and is affiliated with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), the Horsemen's Council of Illinois, and supports the American Saddlebred Museum.

About The Good Hands 

The Good Hands is the oldest saddle seat equitation championship in the United States with its first championship being held in 1929.   In 2015, Mid-America Horse Show Association purchased the competition and became the proud owner of The Good Hands.  The Good Hands National Finals is held annually at the Mane Event Horse Show. 

 

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