2016 Illinois Horse Fair

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The Equestrian Lifestyle–Ride Your Dream
March 4-6, 2016
Friday 9a-7p, Rodeo 7:30p
FREE PREVIEW 5-7p Friday
Saturday 9a-7p, Rodeo 7:30p
Sunday 9a-5p
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois

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 reviews and special demonstrations along with lectures, entertainment and tons of shopping.  Join us for Illinois Horse Fair 2016, a fun-filled weekend for the whole family.  Wheelchair rentals available.  Reservations recommended – click the icon below and go to ticketing for reservations.




What is Illinois Horse Fair?

Illinois Horse Fair 2016 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, clinicians found on TV and upcoming 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 wild and free Liberty competitions, 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 & Expo 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 track & supplies, trailers, artwork, jewelry, home decor items, gifts, clothing, books, toys, quilts and much more. Quality vendors from across the country converge at the expo 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!  There are tons of horses for sale, as well as breed demos to find what horse would be the best fit for you!  Plus, there will be seminars on how to inspect a used trailer when you’re looking to buy, Barn Fire Safety, FREE Carriage Rides, and Pitch-A-Pony!  Pitch-A-Pony is your chance to WIN a prize by throwing rubber “ducky” ponies into the coliseum from the stands.  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.






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.