Midwest Horse Fair®: BIG event, BIG announcement

by Free Speech on April 14, 2010

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

Lodi, WI

The Midwest Horse Fair® is known as one of the biggest equestrian events in the nation. It is now the event to see the tallest horse in the world. Big Jake, a nine-year-old Belgian draft horse from Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette, Wis. will be a BIG part of the Midwest Horse Fair® held April 16-18, 2010 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.

Big Jake, from the Smokey Hollow FArm, Poynette, Wisconsin, was recently named the World's Tallest Horse

On March 26, 2010, Big Jake was officially named the world’s tallest living horse by Guinness World Records™. Big Jake stands six feet, 10 and three-quarter inches tall, or in the horse world, it is said he is 20 hands, two and three-quarter inches (one hand equals four inches and horses are measured from the ground to their withers, which is the ridge between their shoulder blades). Big Jake is a member of the Smokey Hollow Farm hitch. He is a hitch horse in the right wheel of the show wagon. Big Jake is driven every other day as a team with another horse to stay in shape.

Big Jake was born in Nebraska and weighed in at 240 pounds at birth. He came to Smokey Hollow Farm as soon as he was weaned from his mother. It was decided that due to Big Jake’s unusual size, Smokey Hollow Farm wanted to explore the possibility of Big Jake holding the world’s record. He now weighs in between 2,500 and 2,600 pounds, and eats about 40 pounds of hay and eight gallons of oats every day.

The process of documentation began in January of 2010. Smokey Hollow Farm initially had to obtain the guidelines from Guinness World Records™, which outlined the exact requirements needed to compete for this record. The next step was to compile evidence, following the strict guidelines from Guinness World Records™. Local media, community members, and upstanding community officials were contacted to witness the official measuring of Big Jake, and all documentation was submitted to Guinness World Records™ for review.

The official announcement that Big Jake is the world’s tallest living horse will be made during the Midwest Horse Fair® where he will be appearing daily in the Kids Korral. Big Jake will also make his official debut as the World’s Tallest Horse during the Friday evening PRCA Rodeo and at noon Saturday & Sunday in the John Deere Coliseum for a special appearance.

Started in 1979, The Midwest Horse Fair® has been growing and going strong for over 30 years. With an attendance of 52,000 people during the 2009 three-day event, this equine expo offers something for everyone. Over 500 exhibitors offer unique shopping and educational opportunities for horse lovers and owners. There are hundreds of clinics, seminars, and events that feature top horse professionals from all over the country. Demonstrations and ongoing entertainment appeal to both horse owners and those who just love horses.

The Midwest Horse Fair® is owned by the Wisconsin State Horse Council, Inc. All proceeds from the Fair are returned to the WSHC and are used to represent and foster a unified equine industry in Wisconsin, promote the equine through leadership, education, service and communication, and to take a proactive role in the future growth and development of the equine industry.

For additional information, visit www.midwesthorsefair.com or contact the Midwest Horse Fair® by phone at (920) 623-5515 or e-mail at manager@midwesthorsefair.com.

If you go:

When: April 16, 17 & 18, 2010
Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.
Friday, April 16 – 8 am – 7 pm; Saturday, April 17, 8 am – 7 pm; Sunday, April 18, 8 am – 5 pm
Tickets: Daily admission $10 in advance; $12 at the gate; Weekend passes available for $27 in advance; $36 at the gate. There is no additional charge for parking. Children 7 & under free.

Nightly show tickets are available through TicketMaster and are in addition to your admission ticket.

Midwest Horse Fair, Madison, Wisconsin, April 16-18, 2010

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