Brushy Creek Poker Run

by admin on September 15, 2017


IHC Trail Ride at Crossroads Ranch

by admin on March 3, 2017

IHC Trail FlierCrossroads Ranch and the Iowa Horse Council are teaming up to present you with a fun filled weekend for all ages. There will be many events all weekend including:

  • Friday: 3 to 5 pm or so team roping and team sorting in the big arena
  • Saturday: 10 am to ~1 pm guided trail ride, 3 to 5 pm fun show; Potluck and dance to follow.
  • Sunday: Pancake breakfast from 7 to 8:30 am (free will donation), Cowboy Church, ride on your own time

Make your camping reservations today! Camping is $30 for electric site and $15 for primitive camp sites. Iowa Horse Council members get 10% off camping for this weekend only.

Day riding: If you come to ride but not camp, day riding is $10 per person.

Team Roping/Sorting; If you come for just the roping/sorting, then it is $25 per person.

If you are camping at Crossroads Ranch, then your riding, roping and fun is all included in your camping fees.

The Iowa Horse Council is providing a little extra fun – if you can find their hidden clues then you will win a secret prize provided by the Iowa Horse Council.

Everyone is Welcome!


The first meeting of the Iowa Horse Council for 2017 will be held at Jester Park Equestrian Center on Sunday Feb. 12, 2017 at 1:00.The new trails committee will have it’s first meeting following the council meeting at approximately 3:00 Sunday afternoon.

If you are on the Trails Committee and would like to also attend the Council meeting, members are always welcome.

Please take a look at the folks who received this email and if you know of anyone who is on the trails committee or would like to be please be sure and forward this to them.  I have been unable to get a list of the people who were on the previous committee.  Also, if you know of someone who would like to join us please forward them this information as well.  They must be Iowa Horse Council members.

I am excite to revamp the Trails Committee and work to serve the trail riders of Iowa. Come to our meeting with at least one idea as to how we can work toward our purpose as stated in our Policies and Procedures: “Promotes trails and trail development within the State of Iowa; represents the council on land use and land planning efforts’ works with DNR and various other groups.”


Extreme Trail Rider Challenge

by admin on January 24, 2017

A course designed to challenge your horsemanship skills.

Open to all riders.

Two Divisions: Novice & Open

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Check in: 7:30 – 8:00 AM

Walk-thru: 8:00 AM sharp. No Horses.

Begin: 8:20 AM sharp

Awards: 12:45 PM


Open to first 40 paid entries.

JUDGES: Dustin Gean, Bill Paynter and Jerry Sharer

Entry fee: $45 TO ENTER:

Click Here for Complete Rules and Entry Form


2017 Iowa Horse Fair Colt Starting Challenge

by admin on January 17, 2017

The 5th Annual Colt Starting Challenge will be held at the Iowa Horse Fair, March 31 – April 2, 2017 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

Interested contestants are encouraged to apply with an application letter and a video (about 10 minutes in length).  The video and application letter should highlight your expertise in working with a young horse.  The video can be mailed or available online (such as YoutTube).

Submit the above items to:

Linda Spain
3234 Nevada St.
Saint Charles, IA 50240

The Horse Fair Committee will select four contestants to participate in this exciting event.

Deadline for entries is March 1, 2017.


Iowa Horse Council Annual Meeting 2017

January 4, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017 To be held at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc. 5452 N.E. 22nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50313 $ 20 per person Click Here to Download and Print Registration Form Return registration form by January 12th, 2017 Make check payable to IHC Return form and check to: PLEASE NOTE A […]

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Call for Local Presenters: 2017 Iowa Horse Fair

December 18, 2016

As of Friday, February 10th the schedule is full and almost ready to go to print! Thanks to all those that requested time slots. It looks like we will have an interesting and varied program at the 2017 Iowa Horse Fair.

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