One of the most popular and treasured traditions of the original Michigan State Fair were the horse shows! We are delighted to bring back the magic and grandeur of horses, for the delight of equine enthusiasts of all ages. Michigan is home to many world famous riders and horses, and the Michigan State Fair is very proud to provide this showcase for stables and horse farms across the state. The Fair is also very pleased to offer a new Equestrian Scholarship, as part of our Youth Agricultural Scholarship program, allowing an outstanding young trainer/rider to contribute to their educational future.
The slate of classes and competitions for the horse program at the State Fair will include English (Hunt and Saddle Seat), and Western Equitation and Pleasure classes, Barrel Racing, Reining, and expanded pulling events, as well.
The Michigan State Fair, LLC is very pleased to welcome new Equestrian Superintendent Sara Ressler, who brings deep experience organizing Equine Competitions across Michigan and beyond, including many youth and open shows and the Crystal Horse Show at the Shiawassee Fairgrounds in Corunna. Ressler is owner of Show Office Services, which provides breed and open horse shows with secretarial and office staff throughout Michigan and Eastern United States. She is also a USEF "R" steward, serves on the USEF Steward Task Force, is a director for the American Saddlebred Horse Association of Michigan and has served on the Michigan Horse Show Association board for 8 years.