In place of the 2023 Illinois Horse Fair hosted by Horsemen’s Council of Illinois (HCI), HCI is proud to announce the SPRING FLING featuring the Wooten Rodeo Company and The Fairground 

Get your tickets for the Friday, April 28 Rodeo HERE
Get your tickets for the Saturday, April 29 Rodeo HERE

Join us for action-packed rodeo event at the indoor Southern Illinois Center (SIC) at the Du Quoin State Fair Grounds.  Gates open at 4pm and the rodeo starts at 7pm each night

As you may already be aware, the second phase of renovations and repairs is underway at the renowned Coliseum at the Illinois State Fairgrounds through April 2023. As a valued attendee, you know how integral this building is to the success
of the Illinois Horse fair, hosting clinics, demonstrations, and entertainment throughout the weekend. With the Coliseum closed, Horsemen’s Council of Illinois has made the difficult decision to postpone the Illinois Horse Fair until 2024.
However, as the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. HCI is excited to announce we will host two nights of rodeo on April 28-29, 2023, and the Fairgrounds Showdown Youth Speed Challenge on April 29-30, 2023, at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois. This new event will also host a small number of vendors as well.
This premiere event has served as the primary fundraiser for HCI for more than thirty years. “We look forward to bringing the Illinois Horse Fair back in 2024 to delight horse enthusiasts of all ages and disciplines,” stated HCI president Paula Briney.
Please watch for more information as it becomes finalized. Please feel free
to reach out to us at any time with your questions at
HCI and Illinois Horse Fair greatly appreciate your support throughout the years and look seeing you at this new and exciting event and in 2024!




What is Illinois Horse Fair?

Illinois Horse Fair 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, up and coming clinicians, a musical freestyle challenge and two nights of Rodeo. 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.

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 2020, 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.