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HCI Announces Exciting New Event for 2023; Illinois Horse Fair Postponed to 2024
Dateline: [Springfield, IL, November 11, 2022] — The Horsemen’s Council of Illinois (HCI) will host two nights of rodeo on April 28-29, 2023, and the Fairgrounds Showdown Youth Speed Challenge on April 29-30, 2023, at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois. The events are sponsored by Landers Iron Saddle Ranch, Midway Trailer Sales, and the Illinois Farm Bureau.
With the second phase of renovations and repairs taking place at the renowned Coliseum at the Illinois State Fairgrounds through April 2023, HCI has made the difficult decision to postpone the Illinois Horse Fair until 2024.
For the past three years, the Illinois Horse Fair has hosted the Fairgrounds Showdown Speed Challenge showcasing the most talented young cowboys and cowgirls competing on their own elite equine partners. The Challenge features barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending, and figure 8 races. The competition offers prize money for the top five placings in each age division. Trophy saddles will be awarded to the All-Around Champion and Reserve Champion.
As Illinois’ largest all-breed, multi-discipline equestrian event, the Illinois Horse Fair historically featured a wide variety of educational events, including seminars, mounted clinics, and breed demonstrations. With something for everyone, entertainment has included mounted drill teams, trick riding, mounted shooting, and rodeos. Additionally, Illinois Horse Fair features the state’s largest equine-related trade show,covering nearly 94,000 square feet, offering everything for horse, rider, farm, and home.
This premiere event has served as the primary fundraiser for HCI for more than thirty years. “We look forward to bringing the Illinois Horse Fair back in 2024 to delight horse enthusiasts of all ages and disciplines,” stated HCI president Paula Briney.
Horsemen's Council of Illinois is a non-profit association serving Illinois' diverse equine community through legislative representation, education, and advocacy. HCI is affiliated with the American Horse Council, the industry's national lobbying and trade association based in Washington, D.C. HCI is the only horse association in Illinois that represents all breeds, all disciplines, and every type of horse-related enterprise throughout the state.