• Bob Smith

  • Kristi Smith

  • Ryan Rose

  • Austin Anderson

  • Indalecio Macedo

  • Wendy Murdoch

Click Here for Complete 2015 Iowa Horse Fair Schedule

The 31st Annual Iowa Horse Fair will take place April 10, 11, &12 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. This event is designed to educate horse owners about ways to care for and train their horses and also to entertain the general public with exciting drill teams, trick riding and numerous horse demonstrations.

Featured clinicians include Wendy Murdoch from Virginia, Van Hargis from Texas, and The Texas Trick Riders from the beautiful Texas White Horse Ranch. Wendy Murdoch specializes in the Sure Foot methods of improving you and your horse’s balance. Van Hargis is know as The Horseman With a Message, working on ways to improve your riding and your horse’s responses. The Texas Trick Riders will demonstrate cooperation between horse and human with feats such as Roman Riding Liberty and Whip Acts. Joining these three are Four-Star Parelli instructors Kristi Smith and Ryan Rose. Bob Smith utilizes common sense, “herd mentality” horsemanship and Indalecio Macedo develops a horse’s natural athleticism through High School training.

But a horse fair isn’t a horse fair without horses and the Iowa Horse Fair will feature over 50 breeds and registries in the Avenue and Parade of Breeds. From Andalusian to Zweibrucker, from mini donkey to shire, from quarter horse to Georgian Grande, Curly to Gypsy. The Horse Barn will be filled with over 250 horses including a Stallion Avenue featuring several Friesian stallions and more.

2015-Horse-Fair-FlyerReturning are favorites such as the Wright Rodeo, a full rodeo held Friday and Saturday evening, free pony rides and wagon rides – even stage coach rides. Also to entertain and educate will be the Cowboy Mounted Shooters competition, Colt Starting Challenge, Charros el Carretero, drill teams, Queen’s Contest, and Driving Derby. New for 2015 will be Cutting and Ranch Horse demonstrations.

Over 100 vendors will be set up to offer for sale all things equine – from trucks and trailers to jewelry & clothing – even saddles and tack for the horse owner. Western and equine art is a specialty of many vendors.

For additional information please visit the 2015 Iowa Horse Fair page.


IHC Equestrian Soft Trails Conference

by admin on April 8, 2015

Soft-Trails-ConferenceDo you wish there were more horse trails in Iowa?  Now, in Jasper, Madison, Marion and Warren Counties, there can be!  Now is the time to get involved!

The Iowa Heartland Resource, Conservation and Development, Inc. (www.ihrcd.org) is looking for equestrian input on development of a trails master plan for Jasper, Madison, Marion, and Warren Counties.  Come join us at the IHC Equestrian Soft Trails Conference on April 10th, at the Cattle Barn at the State Fairgrounds (sign up at http://iowahorsecouncil.org/iowa-horse-trails/).  At the conference, there will be an opportunity to participate with representatives of the IHRC&D and draw out equestrian trails you wish you could have if money or terrain were no object.  If you are interested in representing equestrian trail riders on the planning committee or for more information and a Trails Planning Committee Questionnaire, please contact Sheila Navis at 515.468.0067 or Sheila.navis@ihrcd.org.  You also invited to participate in the following public meetings:

  • Thursday, March 26 | 6:30 pm Earlham Public Library 120 South Chestnut Avenue Earlham, IA
  • Friday, March 27 | 9:00 am Farmers & Merchants State Bank Community Room 101 West Jefferson Street Winterset, IA
  • Friday, March 27 | 2:00 pm Norwalk Easter Public Library – Meeting Room 1051 North Avenue Norwalk, IA
  • Saturday, March 28 | 9:00 am City Community Center 35 Vine Street Carlisle, IA


KNOXVILLE, Iowa – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, asks the public to provide comment on the FINAL DRAFT of the Lake Red Rock Master Plan and Environmental Assessment. The master plan, which was last updated in 1976, conceptually establishes and guides the development, administration, maintenance, preservation, enhancement, and management of all natural, cultural, and recreational resources of a Corps of Engineers water resource project.

The Environmental Assessment presents an assessment of the potential impacts of alternatives and recommends a preferred alternative. The preferred alternative is for the Rock Island District to adopt and implement the revised Lake Red Rock Master Plan. The draft Environmental Assessment includes a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the preferred alternative.

Those interested in reviewing the final draft of the Lake Red Rock Master Plan and Environmental Assessment can find these documents at: http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/LakeRedRock/MasterPlan.aspx.

For a paper copy or CD of the Lake Red Rock Master Plan and Environmental Assessment, contact Wendy Frohlich at (309) 794-5573 or by email at wendy.m.frohlich@usace.army.mil. Copies will also be available at the Lake Red Rock Project Office.

Comments regarding the Master Plan and Environmental Assessment will be taken through April 27. Comments can be e-mailed, phoned or mailed to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Rock Island District
Attention: Wendy Frohlich, Biologist
Clock Tower Building
P.O. Box 2004
Rock Island, IL 61204-2004
(309) 794-5573


IHC Trails Committee Meeting

by admin on February 27, 2015

The Iowa Horse Council Trails Committee meeting will be held in State Center on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m. at David Beary’s business, across from the bank in State Center:

David Beary Enterprises
12 West Main
State Center, IA 50247

A half block away, before or after the meeting, you can find Woodrow’s Bar & Grill, 101 2nd St Se, State Center, IA, a sports bar.

Agenda items include:

  • Finalize details for 2015 Equestrian Soft Trails Conference April 10
  • Update on Trail Ride sponsored by IHC Trails Committee this summer
  • Discuss helping Whitney Davis, DNR with workdays in state parks this summer
  • Discuss Federal Recreation Trails Advisory Committee


2015 Equestrian Soft Trails Conference Agenda

by admin on February 16, 2015

2015-Trails-Conference-Agenda-new-finalClick the image at left to download the agenda.

Presented by the Iowa Horse Council Friday
April 10, 2015
Iowa Horse Fair/Speakers Area/Cattle Barn
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa


Cowgirl Queen Contestants Wanted!

February 16, 2015

Looking to show off your horsemanship skills and equine knowledge? Come compete at the 2015 Iowa Horse Fair Cowgirl Queen Contest! The winner will receive a Montana Silversmith bracelet sponsored by Hawkeye Tack & Western Wear. Contest is Sunday, April 12 during the 2015 Iowa Horse Fair at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Click here for […]

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Horse Business Tax Issues

February 16, 2015

Mark Sampson, LPA, EA, ABA Presents Horse Business & Tax Related Issues View the online seminar Download the PDF

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Trail Design Guidebook To Be Available at Soft Trails Conference

February 2, 2015

The Federal Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds that were handed out as door prizes at the IHC Annual General Meeting will also be available at the Equestrian Soft Trails Conference. Use these guidebooks as an intro to meet your favorite and local  trail managers, and start a discussion.  Offer to give them […]

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