Midwest Charity Horse Show will be kicking off the 2014 show in style when state officials, Representative Rich Brauer; State Fair Manager, Amy Bliefnick; Camp COCO camper, Zoe Pramuk and national equine dignitaries cut the ribbon, opening its 73rd show. The ceremony is Tuesday, June 10, at 10:30 a.m. sharp, in the Coliseum at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. President and Show Manager, Judy Kjellander; Debbie Foley, trainer and rider of Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion, CH Callaway’s Annabel Allison; Elisabeth Goth and her World’s Grand Champion and Midwest Charity Horse Show "Best In Show" Hackney Roadster pony, Sugarland; and William "Bill" Whitley, Midwest Charity Horse Show Ringmaster will be available for interviews after the ribbon cutting.
Judy Kjellander, Midwest Charity Horse Show President said, “Midwest Charity brings together approximately 600 of the finest Saddlebred, Morgan, Arabian and Roadster horses and Hackney ponies and their exhibitors from 32 states and two foreign countries.” Midwest Charity is the largest annual show regularly held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds with over 900 stalls sold this year. The show is free and open to the public and runs June 10-14 with performances daily at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Not only does Midwest provide Springfield an opportunity to see world champion-caliber horses and ponies compete for top prizes in a family atmosphere, but officials estimate that it gives a boost to Springfield’s economy by bringing in as much as $1.5 million. Equine events, such as Midwest Charity, are not only highly beneficial to the City of Springfield, but the equine industry contributes goods and services annually in the State of Illinois in excess of $1.2 billion.
Since its inception, the Midwest Charity Horse Show, a non-subsidized, all volunteer organization, has donated its annual proceeds to a Springfield area charity and has selected Camp COCO as its beneficiary since 1988, with donations totaling $182,500, including the 2013 donation of $15,000. For more information about the horse show, log onto midwestcharity.com.