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Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Keeps Getting Better

The Tanbark Cavalcade of Roses Horse Show, Minnesota’s largest and most competitive Saddlebred show, is planning to be bigger and better than ever! It’s not just a great horse show that gets rave reviews from exhibitors —it’s lots more. There are presentations of horses for sale, ASHA Junior Judging, and great hospitality, including daily exhibitor parties and baskets of goodies delivered to the box seat areas. The show will be held June 25-28, 2008, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota.

There will be two Grand National classes! Tanbark was selected for a $5000 Grand National Special Stakes class, the Fine Harness Open Championship. This will be in addition to the $1,800 Grand National class, the ASB Park Pleasure Stake.

Horses for sale will be presented to trainers and prospective buyers from around the upper Midwest in the "Tanbark Horse Review." The horse presentation will take place in the Coliseum on Thursday, June 26, following the morning horse show. Booklets with information about all the horses will be distributed at the show. To include your horse, contact to request a form. The completed form and photo are due by June 5 to be included in the sale booklet.

Trainers can win six $100 cash awards. Trainers are eligible for drawings for the cash awards based on the number of horses they bring to the show. A free tack stall will be offered to trainers who enter at least five horses and haven’t been to Tanbark since 2005.

Judging all classes will be Nancy Becker (Nicholasville, KY), Brian Chappell (Perryville, KY) and Richard Obenauf (Ringwood, IL).

Tanbark offers a complete schedule of 130 classes for Saddlebreds, Hackney Ponies and equitation, including UPHA Classics, qualifying classes for all the equitation finals and academy classes.

Tanbark will continue its tradition of providing outstanding exhibitor hospitality, daily parties and one of the finest center ring displays anywhere. Baskets of goodies will be delivered to the box seat areas. 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.

Exhibitors can browse the vendor area on the grounds, including the ever-popular garden plant sale. Nearby attractions include the Mall of America, IKEA, the Como Park Zoo, Conservatory, and golf course and many shopping venues.

Show managers are Sally Snyder Tesch and Doug Lindstrom. Visit for a premium book and entry forms.

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.

For more information, please contact Sally at (763) 559-4896,, or Doug at (715) 386-3966,

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