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Midwest Charity Horse Show Announces 2003 Officials

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Midwest Charity Horse Show, June 15-19, 2004, has announced the slate of officials for its 63rd edition. The 2004 panel includes: Kathy Boggs, Bret Day and Gary Garone for Saddlebreds, Roadsters, equitation and pony classes and Dwayne Knowles for equitation and Morgan classes.

This year’s Midwest Charity Horse Show held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum, one of the premier facilities in the United States, runs five days with class sessions at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. This year’s show will feature a full line-up of classes for Saddlebreds, Roadsters, Hackney and Harness ponies, Morgans and Arabians.

New to Midwest’s class line-up this year will be a Five-Gaited Ladies Amateur class, a Three-Gaited Ladies Amateur class, a Junior Park Pleasure class and a Junior Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship as well as an Illinois Resident Country Pleasure Championship. Midwest will also offer the ASHA Foundation Jr. Exhibitor Driving Challenge and a full line-up of UPHA Classic classes for Hackney ponies, Three-Gaited, Morgan Pleasure Driving, Park Pleasure, Morgan Park Harness, Fine Harness and Five-Gaited horses.

The traditional Midwest Charity Horse Show Party Barn will again serve-up its generous hospitality with parties Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights after the last class.

Since its inception, the Midwest Charity Horse Show, an all volunteer organization, has donated its annual proceeds to a Springfield area charity and has selected Camp COCO as its beneficiary since 1988, creating an endowment fund that is now valued at over $100,000.

Camp COCO is a free weeklong summer camp for children suffering from cancer, leukemia and other blood disorders. The camp is staffed by volunteer medical personnel from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. These doctors and nurses work with the children all year and enjoy giving their patients a pleasurable break from the daily rigors of hospital medical treatments.

For more information about the Midwest Charity Horse Show call President Judy Kjellander at 217-793-0670 or Show Manager Paul Briney at 217-652-1528. For more information about Camp COCO call 217-782-2955. Those who are online can log-on to to check for updates regarding the 2004 show.

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