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Midwest Charity Horse Show kicks off show Tuesday Morning with ribbon cutting

Midwest Charity Horse Show kicks off show Tuesday Morning with ribbon cutting

Jun 7, 2013

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Midwest Charity Horse Show will be kicking off the 2013 show in style when state officials, Representatives Rich Brauer and Raymond Poe; Illinois Department of Agriculture Director, Robert Flider; State Fair Manager, Amy Bliefnick; Steak N Shake’s Hartzel and Mary Bruno; a Camp COCO camper and national equine dignitaries cut the ribbon, opening its 72nd show. The ceremony is Tuesday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m. sharp, in the Coliseum at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

2013 is the year Midwest Charity Horse Show is honoring local board member, Karl Luthin, DVM, on 40 plus years of service to the show. You may know Dr. Luthin and his KEL Equine Productions as the provider of horses, props and tack for TV and movie productions depicting the cavalry from the Napoleonic Wars through World War II. Credits include Lincoln, Shilo, Gods and Generals and many others.

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 also features many vendors selling everything from clothes, jewelry and art to food. 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 11-15 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 the Midwest Charity Horse Show 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 $166,500. For more information about the horse show log onto www.midwestcharity.com.

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