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Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Horse Show Celebrating 60 Years

The Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Horse Show, Minnesota’s largest and most competitive Saddlebred show,  is celebrating its diamond anniversary!  The 60th annual show will be held June 25-28, 2014, at the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn.  With a week between Tanbark and the Midwest Charity show, it will be easier for stables to attend both shows.

Judging the show will be:  Tammie Conaster (Nicholasville, Ky), Brent Jacobs (Georgetown, Ky), and Mary Marcum Orr (Greensboro, NC).  A three-judge panel will judge Saddlebreds, Hackneys, Equitation, Academy and open classes.  Brent Jacobs will judge Morgan classes.

Tanbark is more than just a horse show.  It’s full of special features like ASHA Junior Judging, the Tanbark Hall of Champions with banners to recognize great horses, exhibitor parties, baskets of goodies for sponsors, hospitality galore and that warm Minnesota welcome.

Here are some of the things that make Tanbark terrific.
 Roving dinner carts will come to your stalls as you set up on Monday evening.
 A free tack stall for stables new to Tanbark or stables that haven’t been to Tanbark since 2011 and enter at least 5 horses.
 Kids who love Saddlebreds and horse shows can try their skills at judging as part of the ASHA Junior Judging program. Top young judges will be honored with ribbons and awards.
 Tanbark is a USEF-rated show for Saddlebreds, Morgans and Hackney Ponies, so horses can earn points toward a “CH”.
 We’re encouraging people to wear pink and orange on Friday evening and we’ll sell pink and orange ribbons. Proceeds will go to our local American Cancer Society and Multiple Sclerosis Society chapter.
 The Tanbark Hall of Champions where you can honor your special horse with a banner hung in our party area. Funds support our hospitality.
 A stick horse class, followed by an ice cream social for participating kids.
 A growing vendor area for your shopping pleasure.
 A silent auction that benefits the show’s charities.

Tanbark offers a complete schedule of 150 classes for Saddlebreds, Morgans, Hackney Ponies and Equitation, including UPHA Classics, qualifying classes for all the equitation finals, Saddle & Bridle Working Western, and academy classes.  The Morgan division includes classes for English, Western, Hunter, Driving, Classics, Pleasure and Park.

Class changes this year include:
Two Open English Pleasure Adult Stake classes – one for amateur riders, the other for anyone.
Five Open Stakes classes will become Jackpot classes.  The show will start the pot with $500 per class, then add a portion of the entry fees to the prize money.  Horses will not have to qualify for the Jackpot classes. 

The classes are: Five-Gaited, Three-Gaited, Fine Harness, Park and Park Pleasure.
A new Open Pleasure Driving Stake class.
A few To Be Determined classes that will enable us to add classes to the schedule by request after the prize list has gone out.

You’ll love Tanbark’s outstanding exhibitor hospitality. Sponsor a class for $150 or more and receive a box seat and ringside treats in a special Tanbark Goodie Bag. Enjoy daily exhibitor parties and events, a wonderful hospitality area and one of the finest center-ring displays anywhere. The food service in the Coliseum serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a wide variety of items, including many healthy choices. In keeping with the show’s rose theme, all winners get a rose bouquet with their trophy.  Championship trophies are from Radon, Inc.

Tanbark supports some great causes. Tanbark proceeds benefit the We Can Ride therapeutic riding program, Saddlebred Rescue, American Cancer Society, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter. 

Exhibitors can browse the vendor area in the coliseum. And the fairgrounds are just one mile from attractions like beautiful Como Park and its zoo, conservatory, Japanese Garden and golf course for a relaxing break between horse show sessions. 

Tanbark is approved by the United States Equestrian Federation, American Saddlebred Horse Association, Tri-State Horseman’s Association, Minnesota Saddlebred Horse Association, Mid-America Horse Shows Association, Iowa Horse Shows Association, American Saddlebred Association of Wisconsin, and American Hackney Horse Society.

Check out our website – –as your one-stop place for Tanbark information.  And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook.

Show managers are Sally Snyder Tesch and Doug Lindstrom.  For more information, please contact Sally at (763) 559-4896, , or Doug at (715) 386-3966,


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