With nearly 300 events in eight locations, the 2018 Midwest Horse Fair is aiming to offer attendees an education, taking on the theme “University of Midwest Horse Fair.”
The 39th annual Midwest Horse Fair, April 20-22 at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, will feature more than 500 vendors offering products and services and competitions including the Midwest Horse Fair Youth Team Challenge and the Midwest Horse Fair Driving Derby.
Two Olympians will be among the more than three dozen clinicians sharing their knowledge about reining, liberty, horsemanship, and more at the three-day event. Four-time Olympian and two-time Olympic bronze medalist in dressage Steffen Peters will offer presentations on dressage training and mental preparation. Gina Miles, Olympic individual silver medal in three-day eventing in 2008, will offer presentations on improving skills and strength, as well as on her Olympic journey.
“This year’s theme, ‘University of Midwest Horse Fair,’ really speaks to our rich history in the equine industry,” said Megan Hanuszczak, executive director of the Midwest Horse Fair. “For some Midwest Horse Fair is about the shopping experience, for others it’s the thrill of visiting the horses up close or catching the entertainment of the evening show, but for many, if not all, Midwest Horse Fair is an educational experience.
“For nearly 40 years we have brought in veterinarians, farriers, trainers and the Nation’s top equine professionals to share their wealth of knowledge with our community. Education plays a big role at Midwest Horse Fair and we are proud to pay tribute to those efforts this year.”
Children will be able to get an education of their own at the Kids Korral in front of Pavilion One. Kids Korral will offer crafts and teach the basics of equine care. They will also get to find out how tall they are in horse hands, learn about horse markings and try roping a steer head.
General admission ticket prices in advance are $13 for one day and $30 for three days. Tickets at the gate will be $17 for one day and $45 for three days. Admission for children 7 and under is free. Parking is included in the cost of admission.
About 61,000 attendees and 700 horses are expected to attend Midwest Horse Fair.
Barnes PRCA Rodeo, the longest family-run rodeo business in the U.S. with more than 60 years rodeo experience, will present the competition Friday and Saturday after the Midwest Horse Fair. Separate tickets are required for evening rodeo performances. Children 2 or older require tickets. Tickets range from $10 to $30 and are available through Ticketmaster.
The Midwest Horse Fair is owned by the Wisconsin Horse Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes the equine industry in the state of Wisconsin.
If you go
What: Midwest Horse Fair.
When: April 20-21, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and April 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison.
Cost: Daytime admission is $13 online through April 9 or $17 at the gate. Three-day passes are $30/$45. Children 7 and under are free. Tickets for the PRCA Rodeo, Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., range from $10 to $30 and are available at https://midwesthorsefair.com/features/evening-entertainment/prca-rodeo.