After a long day of shopping and watching demonstrations, be sure to end the day at one of our premiere evening programs!
Friday: PRCA Rodeo
April 17, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Blain's Farm & Fleet Coliseum
The Friday night PRCA Rodeo, presented by Nutrena, will be back with more bulls, broncs, barrels, and roping than ever before! Friday's rodeo will feature the seven standard rodeo events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. With world-class comedy and entertainment, thrills and spills, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Barnes PRCA Rodeo, the longest family-run rodeo business in the U.S. with over 60 years’ rodeo experience, will present the competition. The rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), the governing body of rodeo in North America. Over 600 PRCA rodeos are held each year.
Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, and Bull Riding:
The objective is to stay on the bucking bronc or bull for a full eight seconds. The cowboy is allowed to hang on with one hand, but watch the other — if it touches anything else, the rider is disqualified.
The cowboy, known as the “bulldogger,” races against time to wrestle the steer to the ground, while a second rider, the “hazer,” makes sure the steer runs in a straight line. The timer stops once all four legs of the steer are off the ground.
Communication is the watchword for this timed event that traces its roots back to the ranch, when ranch hands would have to catch large steers. The “header,” the cowboy who ropes the front of the steer, works together with the “heeler,” the one responsible for the hind legs.
The cowboy is timed as he ropes a calf, jumps off his horse, gets the calf to the ground – known as flanking – and ties three legs together with a pigging string. The cowboy throws his arms in the air to signal that the calf is tied, then remounts his horse, loosens the rope on the calf and waits six seconds to make sure the calf stays tied.
Speed, detail, and accuracy are the only requirements for these cowgirls. The barrels are run in a cloverleaf pattern and the fastest time wins. Knocking over a barrel results in a time penalty of .51
The Midwest Horse Fair Friday night PRCA Rodeo is proudly presented by Nutrena.
Saturday: EPIC NIGHT OF THE HORSE™
April 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Blain's Farm & Fleet Coliseum
It's Not an Evening Show-
It's an Evening of Dreams!
This year, through one gifted little girl’s epic equine dreams, become immersed in a world of wonder where horses will awe and astound you, while weaving an inspirational message of living your dreams in full color.
It’s not just another evening show, it’s an evening of dreams, EPIC dreams. Dreams that will take you far from reality - with echoes of the past, humorous antics of the present, and powerful possibilities of the future.
Our wish for you this night is to release your inner child as the dreams of this little girl embrace your creativity and imagination.
She will dream of another world,
In another time
And another place.
Where she imagines
Horses of the world,
Horses of the past,
Horses galloping into space...
Saturday's Epic Night of the Horse™ is proudly presented by Blain's Farm & Fleet.
Tickets for the Friday night PRCA Rodeo and Saturday evening Epic Night of the Horse™ will go on sale to the general public on January 11, 2015 through Ticketmaster.
A separate ticket is required for the evening shows. Children 2 and older are required to have a ticket, kids under 2 will be allowed to sit on the lap of an adult. Please note that the Blain's Farm & Fleet Coliseum will be cleared each night and spectators must have a ticket to re-enter for the Friday and Saturday evening performances. General Admission to the Midwest Horse Fair will be collected until 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and until 4:00pm on Sunday.