Illinois Horse Fair 2019


Illinois Horse Fair 2019 is excited to bring Tarrin Warren and the sport of Working Equitation to the Illinois Horse Fair!


What is Working Equitation?

Working Equitation, a sport originating in Europe and gaining popularity throughout the world, is a competition for horses that work in the field. It promotes the various equitation techniques in countries that use the riding horse to work on ranches and farms. Its goal is to preserve and promote the cultural traditions, tack, and riding attire of each country.

Working Equitation is comprised of four trials:  Dressage, Ease of Handling with obstacles, Speed with obstacles, and Cows (Cattle Handling). The fourth trial is offered when available for team competitions.

Any breed of horse can compete in Working Equitation. The only requirement is that the horse be agile, bold, and responsive to direction from the rider.  Riders from any discipline can compete, e.g., dressage, eventing, reining, trail, and anything in between.

There are a number of performance levels in a competition, from Children to Masters. The number and complexity of dressage movements and obstacles increase with the levels. Horses may be ridden with one hand or two at the lower levels, but in the Advanced and Masters level, all trials must be executed with the rider using one hand.

Competitions are held throughout the United States at a variety of levels: schooling shows, A- and B-rated shows, regional championships, and national championships. The number of competitions in the U.S. increases each year.

Working Equitation is a sport that’s enjoyable for the horse, the rider, and the spectator. No matter what your riding discipline or breed of horse, we hope you will join us to share in the fun and excitement!

(Confederation for Working Equitation)




What is Illinois Horse Fair?

Illinois Horse Fair 2019 is the Largest, All-Breed Horse Event in the state.  It’s full of Educational opportunities, with Olympic Champions, World and National Champion Trainers and Exhibitors, legends in the world of training, and up and coming clinicians. These cover a wide variety of topics and much more! It’s Entertaining!  Fun and exciting activities on horseback are showcased throughout the weekend that can include items such as trick riders, drill team, breed and discipline demos, bold and beautiful Stallion shows, youth contests, horse training competitions – to name just a few!

There’s Shopping, Shopping, and MORE SHOPPING!  Covering nearly 94,000 square feet, the Illinois Horse Fair is host to Illinois’s largest trade show offering everything for horse, rider, farm, and home. A sample of the products to be offered include: English & Western tack & supplies, trailers, artwork, jewelry, home decor items, gifts, clothing, books, toys, quilts, and much more. Quality vendors from across the country converge at the Illinois Horse Fair to share the latest innovations and products available. IHF is also host to many informational organizations, providing the latest in association news and activities.  You can even shop for Horses! Find your next steady older trail partner or flashy, finished show horse at Illinois Horse Fair! Plus, there will be seminars on trailer safety, barn fire safety, and other topics related to horse ownership. FREE Carriage Rides, and Pitch-A-Pony! Pitch-A-Pony is your chance to WIN a prize by throwing rubber “ducky” ponies into the arena from the sidelines. You’ll aim for a hula hoop, and the closest pony to the center will win!  It’s a great fundraiser for the IEF Disaster Relief Fund.

Illinois Horse Fair is for all ages. Present the wonder of horses to the young and old alike. Has your child ever seen a real, live, horse…in person? Have you not been around horses since you were a kid, and want to bring back that joy you felt when you rode for the first time? Experience the wonder of horses for the first time, or experience it again, at Illinois Horse Fair.



Illinois Horse Fair is a three-day exposition for horse owners and horse lovers with well-over 13,000 attendees! World-class clinicians, breed showcases, stallion showcase, and special demonstrations along with lectures, entertainment, and tons of shopping. Join us for Illinois Horse Fair 2019, a fun-filled weekend for the whole family.

Photography Release

Notice to all attendees and participants: There will be professional photographers taking pictures and video during the Illinois Horse Fair, approved by show management with exclusive rights for such activity.

With your entrance to the fairgrounds, you are giving permission for the Illinois Horse Fair and its organizers to use any photos and/or videos of you which might appear in future promotional materials or advertising used in conjunction with the Illinois Horse Fair.

Show management reserves the right to restrict the use of photo and/or video equipment on the show grounds.