2016 Iowa Horse Fair Extreme Rider Challenge

by admin on February 9, 2016

Sunday, April 3 8:00AM – 11:00 AM

A course designed to challenge your horsemanship skills. Open to all riders.

Extreme Trail Challenge ApplicationCheck –in: 7:30 – 8:00 am

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

Begin: 8:20 am sharp

Awards: 10:50 am

Venue: East Arena

Eligibility: Open to first 24 paid entries.

Judges: Dennis Crowley, Jerry Sharer and Bill Paynter

Entry fee: $45

To Enter: Download, complete, and return the entry form


American Trails Webinar: Preventing Conflict

by admin on January 14, 2016

Webinar-flyer-postableHosted by the Iowa Horse Council Trails Committee

Limited seating available — RSVP here today or email iowahorsetrail@gmail.com

During this American Trails webinar, we will describe the ways in which most conflicts can be avoided before they ever start. The presentation will focus on motorized and non-motorized trail use conflicts, but the principles can be applied to any type of trail conflict. Trail users and managers all welcome. Webinar lasts until 2:30. Linger afterwards for discussion.

Key Learning Points—Why Resolve Conflict When You Can Prevent It?

  • Conflict 101
    • The causes of conflict
    • Conflict in society
    • Removing and preventing conflict in society
  • The Essentials of Preventing Conflict
  • Lewis and Clark National Forest
    • Backcountry Horsemen and Great Falls trail bike riders work things out
    • Partnership within the forest
    • The ingredients for success
  • Lessons learned

This webinar is presented by Karen Umphress and Russ Ehnes with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), as well as Mark Himmel with Back Country Horsemen of Montana. Read more and learn about the presenters at americantrails.org

Please share this event and invite others!


2016 Iowa Horse Fair

by admin on January 11, 2016



4th Annual Colt Starting Challenge

by admin on December 7, 2015

DSC_0383The 4th annual Colt Starting Challenge will be held at the Iowa Horse Fair, April 1-3, 2016 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 made available for online viewing by posting it to YouTube or another video hosting site and making the link available for review.

Submit the above items to: jessemunk@hotmail.com

Or mail to:

Jesse Munk
11931 East 82nd St. South
Reasnor, IA 50232

The Colt Starting Challenge Committee will select four contestants to participate in this exciting event.  If you are not selected, your entry fee will be refunded.

Deadline for entries is March 1, 2016.

Questions:  Contact Jesse Munk at jessemunk@hotmail.com or 507-438-2134



2016-Annual-Meeting2-1Click on the image to download the program and registration form.

Or Click Here to Complete the Online Registration Form then bring the registration fee to the meeting.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Meeting:

  1. Network with other Iowa horse people.
  2. Learn about the importance of branding a business or association (see below).
  3. Hear how you and/or an association can help in natural disasters (see below).
  4. Elect directors to manage horse council business.
  5. It’s probably going to be too cold to go riding!

Presenter Topics

The Importance of Branding by Dr. Peggy Auwerda

Branding is one of the most important factors influencing an item’s success or failure in today’s marketplace. A brand is the combination of words, a name, symbols or design that identifies the product and its company. Importance of Branding will discuss how a brand can be used to promote an organization.

Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters by Dr. Tim Smith, DVM

Dr. Smith is a State District Veterinarian for the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship. His primary duties are as a field veterinarian handling state
and cooperative disease programs and investigations in Central & North Central Iowa. Dr. Smith received his DVM degree from ISU in 1994. He was a Field Service Clinician at ISU for 2 yrs. after graduation before going into private practice. Dr. Smith has worked for USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services as a field Veterinary Medical Officer in Iowa. He joined the field force of the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship in 1999. Dr. Smith received his Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician training in 2002, and teaches Foreign Animal Disease Investigations to State and Federal veterinarians at USDA, National Veterinary Services Laboratories at Ames, Iowa and Plum Island, New York. He is also a Safety Officer for Iowa’s All Hazard Incident Management Team, Planning Section Chief for the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, and is the Coordinator for the Iowa Veterinary Rapid Response Team.


Visit The New ISU Extension Equine Science Page

December 3, 2015

As of today, the new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach/Equine Science page is online. The Extension encompasses both youth and adult programs. Youth programs consist of an annual Horse Jamboree (hippology, quiz bowl, public speaking, team demonstration, painting, poster, drawing, photography, clotheshorse), 4-H State Fair Horse Show and a state 4-H Horse Judging Contest. […]

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2015 Iowa Horse Fair Highlight Photos

September 3, 2015

We’ve collected a few of our favorite memories of the 2015 Iowa Horse Fair in a collection of photo galleries. Click on the links below to view them all. Around the Fair Clinicians Drill Teams Driving Features Kids Parade of Breeds Stallions Trade Show

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July 24, 2015

Due to poor trail condition (Trails are closed at Stephens Forest) and rains, heat and humidity forecast for this weekend the Iowa Horse Council Trail Ride scheduled for this weekend will have to be cancelled.  We hope that we will be able to plan another in the Fall.  Check back periodically for new information.

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