July 23, 24, 25 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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Challenge of the Breeds Obstacle Trail Course and NEW Obstacle Challenge Course
TWO different obstacle course competitions each day!

#1  Challenge of the Breeds Obstacle Trail Course – For horses at Expo representing breeds

The Expo is Back and so is the Battle of the Breeds Obstacle Challenge open to all horses at Expo representing the breed groups. The Expo in July will be new and different, so the Obstacle Course is taking this opportunity to make it bigger and really awesome.  Lots of firsts in this year's Obstacle Challenge.

New location
:  Outdoor arena to the west of the Compeer Arena

More obstacles
: since we have a bigger arena to work in, the course will be expanded to 10-15 obstacles. More challenges and more speed.

New Divisions
:  Open (experienced horse and rider, Novice (novice horse or rider), Give it a Try beginner rider/horse, a welcoming first course) and Junior (16 and under, not too challenging mostly fun).

New Time
: The competition will be in the morning 8:30-11:30. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There will be 1 go through the course each day. The order of go will be posted each evening in the Horse Barn before the next day’s competition.  The course walk through will be 8:00-8:30 each day.

Contact Barb Whiteis with any questions.  612-598-1696.
barb@happyanimalbedding.com  Application information will be emailed to Expo breed representatives.

#2 New Obstacle Challenge Course – For individuals wanting to compete at Expo with their horse

Looking for a Challenging Obstacle Course experience? Would you like to compete at the Minnesota Horse Expo?? Lots of firsts this year. The Minnesota Horse Expo is in the summer for the first time this year: July 23-25.  And the Horse Expo is also going to offer for the first time the opportunity for individuals to participate at the Expo and compete in an Obstacle Course Challenge.

Details:  The competition will be held the three days of Expo – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon.  Each rider will have one go between 1:00-4:30 pm.  The order of go will be posted each evening before the next day’s competition in the horse barn.  A walk through of the course will be done at 12:30 each day.

The course will be set up in the outdoor arena to the west of the Compeer Arena.  There will be between 10-15 obstacles.  The course will be judged on completion of each obstacle and total time to complete the course.

The obstacles will include pulling something, carrying something, going under, going over, water, a jump, something scary, mount/dismount, weaving, walk, trot/gait, lope, gallop.  The horse must be ridden and have a saddle on.


 – horse and rider have competed in previous trail, extreme trail competitions, sheriffs posse training, etc.

 – horse or rider is inexperienced OR experienced rider with green horse or experienced horse and green rider

$150.00 includes: 3 days of competition (1 go each day) 1 box stall with shavings, and a 3-day Expo admission wrist band. Arrival time is Thursday, July 22; departure Sunday, July 25 after 5:00pm.  RV and living quarters camping are available on a first come first serve basis in State Fair Expo camping lots at $50.00 for the weekend.  Horse trailers can be parked at no charge in the Expo horse trailer lot.

Questions? - Contact Barb Whiteis at 612-598-1696 or barb@happyanimalbedding.com

To apply click
 Your application must be received by June 30, 2021. Applicants will be notified if accepted ASAP and on a first come first serve basis.  All accepted applicants must sign a Minnesota Horse Expo stall contract and liability waiver to participate.


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