Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo

This weekend an Indianapolis event so large that it takes up the entire Indiana State Fairgrounds hits the Circle City. The Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds April 9 to 11, 2010, is an equine extravaganza that joins thousands of people interested in horses. This weekend long event is run by the Indiana Horse Council and offers vendors, entertainment and information about horse care. All aspects of the equine world will be more than covered at the three day annual Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo.

The Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo takes over the entirety of the Indiana State Fairground with tons of shows, activities and information. Don’t miss the Equine Masters Championship. This friendly, yet serious, competition promotes multiple disciplines of the equestrian world. In this alternative forum, participants are able to showcase their talents in training and horsemanship, while at the same time demonstrating their knowledge of equine related subjects (hippology). The competition, with a grand prize of $5,000.00, includes a versatility course (obstacles and maneuvers), trainer spotlight (a two minute demonstration), hippology quizzing and a freestyle competition for the top ten finalist.

See the Extreme Trail Challenge for a demonstrations of all the things you never thought to do on a horse. These real cowboys and cowgirls show off mules, donkeys and horses in an extreme set of obstacles and challenges, originating from life on the ranch and on the trail. Catch the Purdue University Polo Exhibition for a chance to see horses and Indianapolis sports combined. These polo players (and their horses) have mastered the difficult, physical and old world game of polo.

Also catch the Cowboy Mounted Shooters. Just like the cowboys of the Old West, these sharp shooters have mastered their point, aim and shoot while on horse back. Not only do they control their weapon, but also the living thing between their legs. The tricky part, I imagine, is to train the horse not to spook. Watch in amazement as these men and women show off their unique talent.

Indianapolis kids will love the WFMS Kid’s Stick Horse Barrel Race. Little ones mount a stick horse and race, as fast as they can, around an obstacle course for the fastest time. These cowtykes, decked in denim and a broad brim hat, offer the perfect (and cutest) imitation of their older counterparts.

Other entertainment events at the Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo include a North American All-Star Draft 6 Horse Hitch Competition, a Hoosier Ranch Rodeo and a Ranch Horse Competition. Don’t miss 4-H Jugging, 4-H Versatility and the 4-H Groom and Clean Competition. The Hendricks County 4-H Color Guard will also be on hand. Catch Dunkin’ Donkeys, breed demonstrations and a parade of stallions each day to see the studs in the barn.

In addition to these wild and fun events, clinicians will be on hand to answer a range of questions. Seven clinicians teach a range of topics including horsemanship, dressage, hunter/ jumper, mules, showmanship and driving. Learn from the best and most knowledgeable, as you gain hands on experience. To sign up for a clinic, visit the Indiana Horse Council’s website (listed below).

The annual Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo is about fun and education together. In addition to the countless activities and show events, the Horse Fair and Expo also offers lectures on a vast range of subjects from experts in the know. Ten experts will speak to issues including equine dentistry, bits, legal issues, riding and lameness, natural health, exercise and anatomy, training the gaited horse, fashion, leave no trace and farriers.

Video: Extreme Trail Challenge at the Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis


In addition the Indiana Blood Center will be on hand Saturday and Sunday outside of the Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion. Find their location and donate your time and blood. Help fill the Indiana Blood Bank, you never know when you might need to make a withdrawal. Also, the Susan B. Koman for the Cure association asks are you “Tough Enough to wear Pink?” Volunteers will be on hand to accept donations for the fight against breast cancer in the Pepsi Coliseum on Saturday.

Tickets to the Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo are  $15.00 for Indianapolis people and $6.00 for Indianapolis kids. Youth six and under will be admitted for FREE. Price of ticket includes parking. Gates to the Indiana State Fairgrounds open at 10:00 am on Friday and at 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis community event.

Located just North of Indianapolis downtown and just South of the Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, the Indiana State Fairgrounds has prime Indianapolis real estate. After a fun filled day at the State Fairgrounds head North or South to either of this Indianapolis nightlife hot spots for some more fun. Grab dinner and drinks at any of these great Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars.

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Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo
April 9 to 11
, 2010

Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E 38th St
Indianapolis, IN 46205-2869


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