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Mitch Clark To Host Clinic

Training techniques applicable to Arabians, Morgans, Saddlebeds and National Show Horses will be shared by Mitch Clark, during his clinics at Illinois Horse Fair. The 17th annual event, sponsored by Purina Mills LLC and Midway Trailer Sales, will be March 4-6, 2005. at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Clark, from Danville, Ky, is perhaps best known in the Saddlebred community for developing multi-time World Grand Champion Skywatch and in the Morgan community for Grand National Park Champion Legacy’s Viking. Those who saw Clark show Skywatch in the Two-Year-Old Five- Gaited class at Louisville were left with an image of controlled power and talent that still lives in memory. Other Clark-trained world champions include Memories Citation and Cameo’s Angel Wings in the three-gaited division and New York, New York and Be Happy in fine harness. Grandson of legendary trainer/showman Garland Bradshaw, Clark learned from a master and today his expertise with young horses is well-known and widely admired.

Held in high esteem by his fellow professionals, Clark will share his training techniques at two-hour clinics in the heated Livestock Center at 9:30 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. With tiered seating for 1,000 people, the Livestock Center offers a comfortable setting for learning from a true master trainer and showman. Clark also will host one-hour question and answer sessions each day in the seminar hall.

To find out “How Mitch Does It,” be there for his clinics and Q&A sessions at Illinois Horse Fair. General admission tickets are $12 for one-day and $20 for a weekend pass for adults; children 12 and under and senior tickets are $6 and $10. Ticket holders have access to the Mitch Clark clinic as well as all other clinics and presentations on a first-come basis.

Not a competition, Illinois Horse Fair is an all-breed exposition that annually attracts 10,000 horse owners to its mix of equestrian-themed trade show, training and riding clinics, stallion presentations, HorsesForSale aisles and breed demos. The fair also offers a lecture series by regional equine experts, covering topics such as health, behavior, breeding and training.

To many horsemen, the best part of Illinois Horse Fair is its huge equestrian marketplace and the ease of shopping at more than 130 different commercial vendors, selling “everything equestrian.” Illinois Horse Fair’s Stallion Row and daily Parade presents more than 20 stallions of popular as well as unusual breeds. The HorsesForSale aisles attracts huge crowds to the more than 100 horses offered for sale by private owners in the Horse Fair’s low-key congenial atmosphere, preferable to auctions in the minds of many buyers and sellers.

For advance ticket purchase, call Carrie Schreyer at (217) 341-1991, or e-mail

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