One of the favorite features each year at Midwest Horse Fair is the Breed & Discipline Demonstrations. The demonstrations provide an opportunity to educate attendees in an entertaining manner about the various breeds and disciplines that comprise the equestrian world. Selected groups will be educating attendees about their breed and/or discipline in short exhibitions in the arenas.
- Groups who did not participate at the previous year's Midwest Horse Fair are required to submit video.
- Videos must be 10 minutes or less in length.
- Provide through an online link to your video such as YouTube or Vimeo. Remember to check that your privacy settings allow public viewers.
- With your group's horses, show an example of the 10-minute demonstration you wish to present at Midwest Horse Fair
- Applications are to be completed and submitted by November 1. All applicants will be notified in December on the status of the application. Applicants not returning from the previous year are required to submit a video to complete their application.
- Groups representing national & state organizations or associations will be given first consideration. No individual horse owners will be permitted to represent a breed independent of an official association. Individuals who are interested in having their breed represented at the Midwest Horse Fair are encouraged to contact their breed associations and get them involved.
- Adoption based organizations will not be considered for participation in the Breed & Discipline Demonstrations, but are encouraged to apply for commercial exhibitor space.
We apologize as we understand there may have been some confusion with the way this was worded. To clarify: All adopted and rescued horses are welcome at Midwest Horse Fair.
Individual horses, adopted or not, may apply for any of the different events offered at Midwest Horse Fair such as the Liberty Presentations, Ambassadors program, Clinic Participant, Grand March, or a competition such as the Youth Team Challenge.
As indivuals, adopted or rescued horses are welcome to get involved in the Breed & Discipline Demonstrations as well. Like all other participants, adopted or rescue horse owners would need to determine which breed group their horse qualifies under or choose which discipline group their horse is a fit to represent.
Adoption based organizations are not considered as the main representative organization for the Breed & Discipline Demonstrations simply because they are not a breed or discipline specific organization. However any individual horse from an adoption organization is welcome to join a breed or discipline group and take part in their demonstration.
Midwest Horse Fair has proudly offered a number of opportunities focused solely on rescue horses or horses up for adoption. On two separate occasions, the Mustang Makeover Challenge at Midwest Horse Fair brought in more than 30 mustangs to showcase the brilliance, resilience and versatility of the adopted mustang. The Chase the Equine Dream Challenge was an event that Midwest Horse Fair hosted exclusively for rescued horses. The competition highlighted the unique stories or rescued horses and gave them a friendly platform to show off their talents in an obstacle course challenge.
- For returning groups, review of the previous year's Midwest Horse Fair demonstration will be a key factor in the consideration of your application.
- A minimum of six horses is suggested to apply to participate. If accepted, groups with five horses or less may be scheduled in the smaller arenas for one or both demonstrations.
- Event management retains the right to limit the number of representatives per breed or discipline or to decline or prohibit participation by an animal/farm/owner, which in the management’s opinion is not suitable to and in keeping with the character of Midwest Horse Fair. Management also retains the right to allow a second representative of a particular breed or discipline should time and space allow.
Requirements if Accepted
- All accepted groups will be required to hold a minimum of a Level II Membership with the Wisconsin Horse Council. Membership application and payment will be due to the Wisconsin Horse Council by February 1. Groups who do not complete the membership requirement will be charged the non-member stall fee for each stall.
- Due to space constraints, the total number of stalls allowed per group may be limited. You will be notified of the stalls available in the acceptance letter. A per stall fee is charged and payment is due in full no later than February 1.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and received by February 1 to be eligible for a refund.
Regulations and Allotments
- Groups selected will have two 10-minute demonstrations during the weekend. Each group will receive one demonstration in the Coliseum and one demonstration in the Pavilion Two arena.
- The maximum number of wristbands provide to a group will be determined using the following formula: Multiply the number of horses attending in the group by two. It is at the discretion of the group’s appointed Breed Coordinator to determine the distribution of those wristbands as they see fit. If the number of horses participating changes from the number indicated on the application, the Midwest Horse Fair must be notified. Failure to notify will result in a charge for each wristband received exceeding the two per horse allotment. Additional wristbands may be purchased in advance or on-site. Group members will not receive additional wristbands if they are selected to participate in any other additional areas of the Midwest Horse Fair.
- The Midwest Horse Fair must be notified in writing and grant permission if you plan to incorporate the following into a demonstration: The American flag, black powder, working farm equipment, horse(s) at liberty, hitches that are greater than three abreast, and obstacles which require motorized transportation into the arena. Please note: For the safety of horses stabled in the pavilions, the use of black powder, mounted shooting guns, or any other object that makes a loud sudden noise, are prohibited in the Pavilion One and Pavilion Two arenas.
- It is the policy of the Midwest Horse Fair that if a scheduling conflict arises due to participation in multiple events, you or your group member must choose which event to attend. Special accommodations and refunds cannot not be granted. Those who cancel last minute (within two weeks of the fair) and/or due to scheduling conflicts are less likely to be selected as participants in future Midwest Horse Fair events. Participants should apply for no more than two events.
- Demonstrations and stall displays may NOT be used to promote stallions, farms, sales, products or other commercial activities. Mention in the script, signage and apparel promoting stallions, sales, or other commercial activities are prohibited from demonstrations. Signs or other printed materials promoting stallions, farms, products, sales or other commercial actives are not allowed in the pavilion. As dictated by the Midwest Horse Fair Code of Conduct, a $250 advertising fee will be charged for each occurrence.