The first annual Horse Days Festival will be held at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvedere, IL on August 19-21. This unique event offers the public a variety of entertainment, education and hands-on participation with the horse keeping, farm-keeping and pet ownership related events and is geared for animal lovers of all ages.
For adults, educational topics such as horse trailer and tractor operation and safety, welding workshops, fence installation, solar heating, waste composting, and pasture management will be offered.
For Horse-lovers, training clinics, demonstrations and horse shows will feature a variety of disciplines including pro rodeo, eventing, jumping, dressage, gaited riding, reining, driving, colt starting, natural horsemanship, mounted games, trick training, side-saddle, barrel-racing, mini drill team and horse-pulling competition.
Equine Workshops will feature professional speakers on horseshoeing verses barefoot insights, equine massage therapy, reiki and animal communication, equine legislation and future of horses, as well as management of equine nutrition, health, parasites and emergencies.
Dog lovers can enjoy dog obedience, dog herd instinct tests, agility trials, iron dog competition, and canine nutrition workshops.
Children can enjoy a petting zoo, kids movie night, pony rides, wagon rides, face paintings and more, as well as participate in the Little Boots Rodeo which offers 10 fun non-competitive events. Completion of the events earns an official cowboy certification and award. Children are encouraged to dress up for a chance to win the best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl award.
For shoppers, there will be dozens of venders selling equine and pet supplies, jewelry, clothing, and artworks
Music lovers can enjoy live bands Hillbilly Rockstarz and Wild Heart Friday and Saturday evening.
Adult admission is $7 daily. Children 12 & under, seniors 65 & over, and military personnel past or present get free admission. An advance “Season” pass good for the whole weekend, Friday through Sunday is $18.
The PRCA Rodeo, IHPA Horse Pull, and UHCA Ultimate Trail Course finals require additional tickets. Tickets purchased in advance are discounted.
A three-day fun pass is available for $35 and includes admission to Horse Days as well as the above special events.
For more information about the festivities, or to purchase tickets in advance, go to