Skip to content

Midwest Charity Horse Show and Illinois State Fairgrounds Updates



As many know Midwest’s 2017 edition, June 13-17, 2017, will be held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Covered Arena due to the closure of the Coliseum. For purposes of clarification, Midwest Charity’s Board of Directors wanted to provide detail for our trainers and exhibitors about the show arena and additional warm-up rings that have been added. These include the Livestock Center for the ease of our barns stabled at the far end of the horse complex as well as the Food-A-Rama adjacent to the Coliseum and of course Barns 13 and 14.
 
Covered Arena - Square footage of the Covered Arena is very similar to many venues that Midwest’s trainers and exhibitors are already familiar. Progress is being made on construction to enclose the venue. The Covered Arena measures 225' x 146' (Bleachers on the north side will take up 15', then the fencing will take a few feet as well) for a total of 32,850 Sq. feet empty.  With Bleachers, 210' x 146' = 30,660 Sq. feet.


 
Below are the dimensions of other popular horse show venues. These dimensions came from each individual show’s prize list.
 
Rock Creek: 260' x 125' = 32,000 Sq. feet.
 
Madison Classic: 100' x 220' = 22,000 Sq. feet.
 
St. Louis National: 120' x 240' = 28,800 Sq. feet.
 
IL State Fair Coliseum: 241' x 116' = 27,956 Sq. feet.
 
Warm Up Rings - The new Food-A-Rama: 150’ x 80’ = 12,000 Sq. feet. The street will be blocked to accommodate horse traffic.
 
Barn 14: 175' x 65' (small practice arena with stabling across from covered arena) = 11,375 Sq. feet.
 
Barn 13: 150' x 100' = 15,000 Sq. feet.

Exhibitors will enjoy seeing their favorite vendors around the horse complex, featuring food, show supplies, clothing and accessories, fine jewelry and artwork. Vendors who were in the Coliseum will relocate to the front of Barn 14, directly across from the Covered Arena and to other nearby locations within the horse complex. The current list of vendors include: A Little Silver Lining, Loose Ends Jewelry, Show Horse Tack and St. Louis Harness.
 
Please remember to make your hotel reservations early as there is an FFA convention in town the Monday and Tuesday at the start of the show.
 
Midwest Charity Horse Show’s 76th annual show includes distinguished panel of judges: Michael Craghead, Fresno, Calif.; Sandra Currier, Bellville, Texas; and Nancy Troutman, Salem, Va. Michael Grimm, Kansas City, Mo. will judge Arabians.

 
For more information about the Midwest Charity Horse Show call Show Manager/President, Carole Kennedy at 217-414-1900. Those who are online can log-on to www.midwestcharity.com to peruse the 2017 prize list and to check for updates regarding the 2017 show. Also don’t forget to like and follow us on FaceBook.

More Stories

  • #FoalsNFocus – Week 12

    The final week of the 2022 #foalsNfocus program ended with an outstanding group of shots of foals from across the country. This week’s top three photos came from Washington, North Carolina, and Kentucky, respectively. Read More
  • UPHA Horsemanship Challenge Tee Shirts Order Deadline

    ASAW Summerfun Horse Show is happy to host the UPHA Horsemanship Challenge again in 2022. The order for the tee shirts the riders will be wearing must be placed before the entries close for the show. The order needs to be in by June 23.  Read More
  • Latest Issue 6 20 22 RC

    Read More
  • Latest Issue 6 20 22

    Read More
  • 2022 Indianapolis Charity Canceled

    Indianapolis Charity, scheduled for June 29-July 3rd, has been canceled. The show which has been a proud tradition in Indianapolis for 46 years has historically been held in early June. The Indiana State Fairgrounds facility was unavailable for those dates this year so the show was moved to the end of June.  Read More
  • Summer’s End Moving To World Equestrian Center

    Exhibitors will have the opportunity to compete at the renowned World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Florida on September 8-11, 2022. The Summer’s End Horse Show is moving to this amazing facility and is sounding the call to come join in the fun. Read More
  • ASHBA is Launching a Monthly Giving Campaign!

    Monthly investments are the most surefooted way to help an organization plan for the future. Even a small donation can make a BIG impact! That is why the ASHBA is launching its monthly giving campaign... Read More
  • World’s Championship Horse Show Prize List and Entries Now Open

    Entry information for the World’s Championship Horse Show, the most prestigious Saddlebred show in the world, is now available online... Read More
  • Reception and Pop-Up Shops at the American Saddlebred Museum

    The American Saddlebred Museum invites everyone to a free Wine and Cheese Reception before the Lexington Junior League Horse Show on Wednesday, July 13 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. See the new exhibit CH My-My, experience the newly renovated Elisabeth M. Goth History Wing, and enjoy a glass of wine.   Read More
  • Continuing The Conversation

    This series of Continuing TheConversation has been dedicated to a subject that affects every part of the show horse industry – breeding. Even if you’ve never thought of raising a foal, the breeding game has an effect on several things if you’re a participant in the show ring, from the availability of horses to purchase to the price of those horses... Read More