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Horse Days 2011


Horse Days 2011 is bringing a series of firsts to the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere (IL) August 19-21, the biggest of which is the debut of both the renowned Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) rodeo and the hottest new circuit event, the extreme cowboy Ultimate Horseman’s Challenge Race. The inaugural Equine exposition brings

the largest horse pull competition in Illinois history to the fairgrounds. Sanctioned by the Illinois Horse Pullers Association, the horse pull competition will feature horses from throughout the Midwest and Canada. A free, morning pancake breakfast all

AUGUST 19-21 BOONE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN BELVIDERE What many expect to be the largest event of its kind in Illinois,

who don’t know much about horses will be enthralled by our showcase of equines.”

three miniature horses and a pony hitched to carts. Among additional events are a Horse Trailer Rodeo, Hunter/

will feature six different open horse shows, including both Western and English events, and a variety of dog demonstrations and competitions. Fifteen clinicians and 18 guest speakers

the Double L Miniature Horse Driving Drill Team, with four drivers driving

Jumper Schooling Show, Gamblers Choice Jumper Classic, Mini Event with Dressage Rider Test, Mounted Games, Late Night Jackpot Barrel Racing, and a Wisconsin Open Horse Show. For horse and dog lovers as well as the general public, the show also

represent a variety of equestrian pursuits: dressage, driving, eventing, jumping, natural horsemanship, reining, and rodeo. Among the special workshops of interest to horse and farm keepers and pet owners are colt starting, composting, horse camping, stall building, and trailering. Nearly 100 commercial vendors from

three days is available to anyone making a donation to St. Jude Hospital, said Brian Lamb, founder and chairman of the event. There’s something for everyone at Horse Days 2011,” said Lamb.

“It’s a playground for horse and dog lovers who will be excited about both the traditional and new events we are bringing to the Fairgrounds. Those

grounds. Ram Trucks, a division of Chrysler Corporation, is a major sponsor

14 states will display animal products and equipment with more expected as show management continues to accept new vendors. They offer one of the largest varieties of horse products, dog products, and equipment at one single event. Food stands will be scattered throughout the

of Horse Days 2011. The company will give event goers an opportunity to show of their “backing a horse trailer” skills in one of Ram’s new trucks.

event. “Black Bart,” popular crowd pleaser, will bring his personal brand of entertainment for both young and old. On the entertainment stage Friday night is “Hillbilly Starz,” Saturday night feaures“Wild Heart.” A Cowboy church service on Sunday morning will be led by Crystal

Brooke Owen, 2011 Miss Rodeo Illinois, will be on hand during the

Lyons, Crystal Lyons Ministries, Mason, Texas. Admission to Horse Days 2011, scheduled one week after the

Indeed, the event also features

Boone County Fair, is $7 per person per day at the door, with a $2.00 discount for equine breed association members. Show management is offering a special three day fun pass for $35

which includes free admission to the grounds and all the main events and shows. The special ticket packages are available for purchase at or by calling (866) 675-2783. Children under 12 and adults over the age of 65 attend free of charge. Military personnel are being honored with free tickets to the event

as are residents of assisted living facilities. Friday night will include a special salute to disabled veterans in attendance. Lamb, part of a network of equine enthusiasts seeing a need for

an all-inclusive, family oriented participation event, stressed the general public will have hands-on participation in many different areas of horse- keeping, farm-keeping, and pet ownership Horse Days 2011 will be fun, educational, and affordable, the equine event of the year,” he added. Among sponsors of Horse Days 2011 are Ram, Illinois Farm

Bureau, Applegate, Nutrena, Tribute Equine Nutrition, My E.D.E.S.S, Midway Trailer Sales, Libertyville Saddle Shop, Equilitter, Designer Horses, From The Horses Mouth Magazine, and Horse Digests. The Boone County Fairgrounds is located at 8791 II Route 76, 34

(866) 675-2783. Event updates also are available at https://www. and!/ horsedays

Issue Seven 2011 • Horse Digest

Event hours are: 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. For more information please visit or call

Belvidere. Both rustic and full campsites are available on the event grounds.

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