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It's 2nd Year in a row for Midwest Charity!

January 11, 2005, SPRINGFIELD, IL - The 63rd Annual Midwest Charity Horse Show held in June 2004 won the prestigious United Professional Horseman's Association (UPHA) Honor Horse Show of the Year for the second year in a row at their recent convention, Jan. 6-8, 2005. Midwest is a part of UPHA Chapter 10 and also won the Chapter 10 Honor Horse Show of the Year this year.

Last year's record breaking show boasted an attendance of over 700 horses from 26 states including California, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky and throughout Illinois. Midwest also has a superior line-up of show officials and vendors. And as tradition dictates the Midwest Charity Horse Show will delight and entertain exhibitors with their legendary hospitality with nightly parties, Tuesday-Friday nights, after the last class in the famous "Party Barn."

The 64th Midwest Charity Horse Show, June 14-18, 2005, held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum runs five days with class sessions at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily and will feature a full line-up of classes for Saddlebreds, Roadsters, Hackney and Harness ponies, equitation, Morgans and Arabians. Midwest also offers the ASHA Foundation Jr. Exhibitor Driving Challenge and a full line-up of UPHA Classic classes for Hackney ponies; Saddlebreds in the fine-harness, five-gaited, three-gaited and park pleasure, divisions; and Morgans in the pleasure driving and park harness divisions.

Since 1988 the Midwest Charity Horse Show, an all-volunteer organization, has donated its annual proceeds to Camp COCO creating an endowment fund that has exceeded $116,000. Thanks to the generous show, class and party sponsors Midwest was able to donate $6,000 to Camp COCO from the 2004 show.

For more information about the Midwest Charity Horse Show call President, Judy Kjellander at 217-793-0670 or Show Manager Paul Briney at 217-652-1528. For more information about Camp COCO call 217-782-2955.

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