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Top Hand Showdown

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Midwest Horse Fair Top Hand Showdown

Entry form for the qualifier is live (scroll down)

Who is ready for an electrifying competition, which brings together, speed, accuracy, cowboy skills and a whole lot of thrills? Midwest Horse Fair is proud to present the 2022 Top Hand Showdown, a competition of grit, showcasing a range of speed, roping and precision, where one Cowboy and one cowgirl will be crowned the Top Hand based on competing in 5 skilled, timed events!

$5,000 in Cash Prizes!

Join us Sunday, April 24, 2022 in the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Coliseum for a captivating display of athletic horses skillfully guided by talented horsewomen and horsemen. Experience the fast-paced, exhilarating action first-hand and watch, at the edge of your seat, as 5 women and 5 men finalists compete for the title of Midwest Horse Fair’s Top Hand. 

Interested in competing? Continue reading for competitor information and rules & regulations.


Breakaway Roping

Pole Bending

Steer Stopping

Team Roping Heeling

Barrel Racing


Contestants must first compete in a qualifier on March 26, 2022 in Deerfield, WI at Showtime Arena. The top 5 Cowboys and the top 5 Cowgirls from the qualifier will advance to the Midwest Horse Fair Showdown Finals on April 24, 2022.  Qualifier entries will be limited to the first 25 Cowboys and first 25 Cowgirls to enter.  Entries will open on December 1, 2021.  

Payout at qualifier is in each event and in the average based on entries. 

Cash Prizes

Payout at qualifier is in each event and in the average based on entries. 

Payout for the Finals for each Top Hand Cowboy and Top Hand Cowgirl as follows:

1st Place2nd Place3rd Place4th Place5th Place



Click Here to Download the Top Hand Showdown Qualifier Entry Form