Fall Festival at Grand Prix Equestrian

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, Grand Prix Equestrian in Maple Park, IL will hosts its annual FALL AT THE FARM festival for the entire family, free of charge. The day will include numerous activities for kids and adults to enjoy, including a pumpkin painting contest, a horseshoe competition for adults, expert lectures on pastures and hay quality after a very dry summer, a horse personality analysis by KYB Professional Trainer and horse personality expert, Yvonne Barteau, equestrian exhibitions and more.

Prizes such as free riding lessons will be given for the competitions that day.

For the past three years, GPE has hosted the festival to bring the broader community together in a fun and fanciful way. Everyone loves horses, whether they own or ride one or just from a distance. This day gives guests the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with the horses of GPE and to learn more about their care and training.

Grand Prix Equestrian opened its doors in 2009. With 62 stalls, lush pastures, six paddocks and lots of staff on hand to care for our equine friends, it is the safe and ideal place for horses and riders to experience the quality and expertise of a truly professional facility and come together with like-minded members who are looking to achieve success in their equestrian goals.

In its third year, the Fall Festival has attracted hundreds of our neighbors in years past that have enjoyed all we’ve offered and asked for more. This year, we’re increasing our activities and adding great new events.

The festivities begin at 11 AM and run until 5PM. To learn more about the day, please call our farm manager, Jessica Lawton at (224) 522-8743.

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Horse Shoe Contest :
All who wish to participate need to sign-up upon arrival at Grand Prix Equestrian. Contest begins at noon and ends at 3pm. Winners play winners and the champion will be announced at the end of the day.

Pumpkin Painting Contest :
Pumpkin painting for kids begins at 11:30am and runs through 2:30pm. Contest applications will be available upon arrival. Judges will announce the winners at the end of the day.

Vendors :
Ginger's Gelato - Food Vendor
Fire it Up Tacos - Food Vendor
Little Foxes Tack and Togs - Tack Vendor

Performances, Clinics & More :

  • “Horse Pasture Management & Growing Hay” with Jeff Miller of Pasture Perfect.

  • Nutrena will have grab bags, giveaways and prizes. Bring a hay sample for Nutrition Analysis on site that day!

  • Guardian Horse Bedding will have a table with a "Guardian Pro" on site to answer questions and give demonstrations. They will have giveaways and prizes!

  • Horse Personality Analysis by Yvonne Barteau, author of “Ride the Right Horse” - book signings will also be available - Please contact Jessica Lawton at (224) 522-8743 to reserve a spot for the Horse Personality Analysis - Click here for participation information

  • Freestyle Dressage Performance with “GP Raymeister” ridden by Yvonne Barteau in the indoor arena

  • Liberty Performance with Boater, Friesian Stallion, directed by Kim Barteau in the indoor arena

  • Meet the horses, especially our newest addition Rayna. Barn tours will run all day.
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