From the Midwest Horse Fair news release – Madison, WI — This summer’s newest equine event, Taking the Reins presented by the Midwest Horse Fair®, will be making its debut on August 17 & 18 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI, and will allow horse owners to participate in fun and informative “experiences” with their equine companion. The wide range of experiences are designed for both casual riders and serious equestrians to improve their skills, receive feedback from experts and try something new.
Thanks to the support of NRHA, its dedicated members and affiliates like Minnesota’s Tom Lauth and the North Central Reining Horse Association, “Ride a Reiner” will be one of the experiences featured at this inaugural event. Attendees can sign up onsite to participate in this interactive experience. “Ride a Reiner” first debuted at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and allows horse enthusiasts the chance to experience the famous spins and slides atop a well-trained reining horse.
“Taking the Reins will appeal to all horsemen who want to learn about new techniques and products firsthand,” says Rhonda Reese, General Manager of the Midwest Horse Fair®. “This event will provide a more intimate experience for casual riders and trainers, as well as serious equestrians, to ask questions and interact with some of the industry’s finest. Non-horse owners and families will also find lots to do and see.”
Tom Lauth, a member of the North Central Reining Horse Association, took on the challenge to spearhead the event after NRHA was approached with the opportunity. “We really wanted to be involved with the horse fair so we could reach out to reining fans in the Midwest, but we had a major date conflict due to the NRHA Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth. We talked to Tom to see if he might be willing to help us handle it from a local level. He took on the project and has done a tremendous job lining up outstanding horses and knowledgeable reiners to make it a fun and worthwhile for selected riders. The group that will be working with these riders are some of the best people and the most helpful you can find anywhere,” commented Christa Morris, NRHA Senior Director of Marketing.
The Midwest Horse Fair® and Taking The Reins are owned by the Wisconsin Horse Council, Inc. All proceeds from the events are returned to the WHC and are used to represent and foster a unified equine industry in Wisconsin, promote the equine through leadership, education, service and communication, and to take a proactive role in the future growth and development of the equine industry.