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Midwest Charity Adds Hackney Horse Classes

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The award winning Midwest Charity Horse Show has taken advantage of the long snowy winter to add several new classes to this year’s show. Midwest’s board of directors added a Hackney Horse division, classes include a Single Horse Open, an Amateur Single Horse, Champion Single Horse and Open Pairs Driving. Pink will be the color of the evening on Friday in honor of Midwest’s new Pink Ribbon Class, Five Gaited Ladies Amateur Championship. Changes to existing classes include expanding Arabian Hunter Pleasure to two classes.

The Midwest Charity Horse Show held June 15-19, 2010, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, a premier Saddlebred, Roadster, Morgan and Arabian horse and Hackney/Harness pony show features over 600 horses with exhibitors attending from 25 states. Midwest Charity is the largest annual show regularly held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and has been recognized as the "National Honor Show" of the year by the United Professional Horsemen’s Association for the 2009 show. Show times are daily at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Midwest’s distinguished panel of judges this year includes Sandra Lilly, Princeton, WV; Merrill Murray, Versailles, KY; and John Whalen, Monroe, NC. Mr. Whalen will also officiate the Morgans and Jill Mohr, Cherry Valley, IL will officiate the Arabians. Midwest’s Official Photographer is Doug Shiflet; Official Videographer is Seehorse Video of Arcadia, IN.

Midwest Charity will delight and entertain exhibitors with their legendary nightly parties. Tuesday-Friday nights, after the last class in the famous "Party Barn" decorated with Persian rugs, chandeliers, colorful tablecloths and flowers. Tuesday’s party will feature Susan Kerr’s famous homemade chicken salad and Honey Baked Ham. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s parties will be catered by Springfield’s own Poe’s Catering. The parties culminate with Friday’s Italian party.

For more information about the Midwest Charity Horse Show, call Show Manager/President, Judy Kjellander at 217-793-0670. To get a prize list contact Margaret Strano at 217-787-6745 or Those who are online can log-on to to check for updates regarding the 2010 show.

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