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Issue 11 2013
Horse enthusiasts from near
and far ended their summer
with a trip to Taking the Reins
in Madison, WI on August 24 &
25. In its second year, Taking the
Reins, which was presented by
the Midwest Horse Fair and the
Wisconsin Horse Council, hosted
3,600 attendees while focusing
on hands-on experiences
designed to encourage
With beautiful weather and a beautiful location, participants had
the opportunity to interact with some of the industry's finest in an
intimate setting that explored the many disciplines of the equine
world. The Alliant Energy Center's Willow Island was transformed
into "Equine Island" and offered many creative experiences for
guests to enjoy. While attendance for the second year was slightly
less than the previous year, we are once again pleased with the
response and the feedback that we have received from clinicians and
attendees. Like last year, those that participated had an extremely
positive experience. This was the theme all weekend in the barns and
around the Island where you saw upbeat attitudes and smiles from
participants and attendees alike.
After a full day of clinics, hands-on activities, and incredible
shopping, Taking the Reins attendants finished their Saturday night
with the Twilight Barrel Racing Sweepstakes. Sunday morning kicked
off with the Cattle Sorting experience, more hands-on activities,
and the newly added 2013 Championship Challenge. The afternoon
was filled with the delicious sights and smells of the Chuck Wagon
Cook-Off and the weekend ended with the crowning of the Versatility
Challenge winners.
Other highlights of the weekend included: 3 Minute Miracles, Ride a
Reiner, Ultimate Driving, Collected Cantering, Barrel Racing & Pole
Bending clinics, Cattle Sorting, Rodeo University, Colt-Starting with
Richard Winters, Jumping clinics, Liberty & Trick Training, Camping
101, Trick Riding, and a Mustang Gathering.
The Midwest Horse Fair would like to thank our sponsors Nutrena
and Priefert, our exhibitors, all of our participants, and everyone that
attended the second annual Taking the Reins event. Without you, this
event would not have been possible.
Unfortunately, due to construction delays on the new pavilions at
the Alliant Energy Center, Taking the Reins will be taking a hiatus in
2014. Look for Taking the Reins updates after the completion of the
We hope to see you all at the 2014 Midwest Horse Fair on April 11,
12, & 13 2014!