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Mid-America Mane Event Judges

Michael Craghead, Fran Crumpler and Tom Sworm will judge the seventh annual Mid-America Mane Event Show, Oct. 22-25 (Thursday-Sunday) at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. Mane Event is produced by Mid-America Horse Show Association, one of the largest ASHA charter clubs.

Mane Event offers a full and complete schedule of classes for Saddlebreds (performance, park, pleasure), plus roadster horses (bike, under saddle), Hackney Ponies (harness, roadster, pleasure ponies – all wins earning triple points from USEF) and equitation (saddle seat, pleasure, adult, walk/trot).

Included in those divisions are: three Grand National classes (a $5,000-added Fine Harness Stake plus two $1,800 classes: Five-Gaited Amateur Stake and Western Pleasure 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. Mane Event also is an ASHA Regional Championship.

Returning to Mane Event for the fifth 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 for custom-designed trophies in three categories: 13 and under, 14-17 and adult. The National Pleasure Equitation Olympics program is sponsored by Illinois American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association.

Mid-America Mane Event entry booklet will be ready in August. To request a copy, contact Show Manager Joy A. Meierhans at 43W734 Old Midlothian Rd., Elburn, IL 60119; call 630/557-2575; email; or download it from

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