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Spring Warm-Up Show Preps For March Madness

The fourth annual IASHA Spring Warm-Up, sponsored by UPHA Chapter 11 and the Indiana American Saddlebred Horse Association, will be ready to roll at C Bar C Expo Center, March 16-18, in Cloverdale, Indiana. Barbe Smith, New Orleans, LA, will judge all divisions

One of the fastest growing shows in the Midwest, the Spring Warm-Up provides an ideal venue for exhibitors to debut new teams, as well as “test drive” seasoned veterans, at a first class yet affordable event. The exhibitor friendly schedule begins with a Friday evening session at 7pm, March 16, concluding Sunday afternoon, March 18. The nearby Holiday Inn Express in Cloverdale and the Inn At DePauw (Walden Inn) in Greencastle will again be horse show headquarters hotels.

Held at the C Bar C Expo, formerly known as Crossroads Arena, the show has been a big hit with exhibitors and trainers alike. Located only 25 miles west of Indianapolis, this new, heated, indoor show facility features 400 stalls, a large show arena, full size make-up ring, seating area, ringside tables, concessions and vendor space all under one roof. Under new ownership in 2012, the facility has received several upgrades in recent months.

The Spring Warm-Up offers complete divisions for Saddlebreds, Morgans, roadsters, open pleasure, Hackney ponies and equitation, plus over 40 academy classes for beginning through advanced riders in saddle seat, hunt seat and western. The NHS and UPHA Challenge Cup classes will be back, as will the Saddle & Bridle Shatner, Pleasure Medallion and Hunter Classic qualifiers. New for 2012 is an Open Pleasure Pony Walk & Trot class for junior exhibitors.

Management is pleased to announce that the Spring Warm-Up will participate in the AHHSF Adult Amateur Driving Challenge for 2012. In addition, the show has added three new classes to its pony division: Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Junior Exhibitor, Hackney Pony Park Pleasure Driving and Roadster Pony Junior. The Spring Warm-Up is an Equine Services Roadster Cup series event for both horses and ponies, as well as Tri-State, Mid-America, IASPHA, OASPHA and IASHA recognized.

Exhibitors will enjoy the Spring Warm-Up’s Hoosier hospitality and friendly management, highlighted by the gala St. Patrick’s Day Exhibitor Party following Saturday evening’s show. The UPHA Chapter 11 Academy Club will once again host its popular special receptions for riders, instructors and parents after the academy sessions on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Entries close March 1 with post entries accepted. However, management encourages exhibitors to reserve stalls and ringside tables early – tables sold out in 2010 and 2011. For more information, please contact chairperson Linda Beltz (317) 844-9702 (,  or manager Claire Panke (317) 331-5451 (  or academy chairperson Caroline Boyer (317) 758-5196 (  

Information, including prize list, schedule and entry forms, is available on the web at

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