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Minnesota's largest equine trade show with over 700 trade show booths in five State Fair buildings and lining the streets of the Expo grounds creating an easy access marketplace for anyone wanting to find merchandise related to horses/owners and compare brands, prices and features. Read more!

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Minnesota's Largest Equine Trade Show and Breed Exhibition
Sponsored by the Minnesota Horse Council

April 26, 27, 28 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN 
For Minnesota Horse Expo information, email us!
Expo Office: 952-922-8666 or 877-462-8758




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Friday April 26

(Cattle Barn, Poultry Barn, Dairy Building and CHS Building - buildings with majority of vendor booths - close at 7:00pm)

Saturday April 27

(Cattle Barn, Poultry Barn, Dairy Building and CHS Building  - buildings with majority of vendor booths - close at 7:00pm)

Sunday April 28

8:30am - 5:00pm


Advance Expo Tickets
Adults (13-61)........$11.00
Seniors (62+).........$ 7.00
Youth (6-12)...........$ 7.00
Child (5 & under).....FREE

Expo Tickets at the Gate
Adults (13-61)........$13.00
Seniors (62+).........$ 9.00
Youth (6-12)...........$ 9.00
Child (5 & under).....FREE

Advance Expo 3-Day Tickets
Adults (13-61)........$30.00
Seniors (62+).........$20.00
Youth (6-12)...........$20.00

Expo 3-Day Tickets at the Gate
Adults (13-61)........$35.00
Seniors (62+).........$25.00
Youth (6-12)...........$25.00

Friday April 26      7:30 pm
Saturday April 27 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 28   3:00 pm

Box Seat...............$15.00*
Reserved A...........$ 10.50*
(Sections 1-3,13-16, 28)
Reserved B............$ 8.50*
(Sections 17-27)
Reserved C...........$ 5.00*
(Sections 4-12)
*plus daily Expo admission

Free Horse Expo Parking in
State Fair Parking Lots

Available at the MN Horse Expo - Wheelchair Rentals: Wheelchair rentals will be available at the MN Horse Expo on a first come, first serve basis. Wheelchair rental costs will be $20.00 (cash only) plus a deposit. A current valid drivers license with photo will be required to rent a wheelchair for the day. The wheelchairs will be available in the Expo Office.

Dogs, except for service dogs, are prohibited from the Coliseum and Horse Barn during the Minnesota Horse Expo. To fully enjoy all the Expo has to offer, we recommend you leave your dog at home.

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Advance PRCA Rodeo performance and Expo tickets go on sale online and by phone at
9:00am CST Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Visit the ticket page (click here) for details.

Also, check out the Early Bird hotel rates available at Roseville MN hotels on our hotel page
(Click here)

2019 MN Horse Expo Booth and Stall Registration information, contract and other forms are now available. Click here.

Horse Ride Provider Wanted!

The 2019 Minnesota Horse Expo is seeking a horse ride provider (vendor) to provide horse rides to Expo attendees. The horse rides would be scheduled for 9-5 on Friday and Saturday; 9 to 4 on Sunday. Looking for a maximum of 14 suitable horses (good condition, sound, well groomed) with 5-7 used for rides during peak times and a minimum of 5 at other times. Provider must have one person present to assume management responsibility during all ride hours and all handlers must be at least 16 years of age. In addition to providing handlers to lead horse and rider, provider would also supply all tack (saddles, halters, lead ropes) and helmets for riders. Commercial liability insurance in the amount of 1 million certified at least 60 days before event indemnifying Minnesota Horse Expo is required. Additional details about what is expected from ride provider and what Minnesota Expo will provide can be had by contacting Ride Chairperson Sue Muehe at smuehe@gmail.com

Two Feet of Snow? Really?
Two feet of snow two weeks before made all the Minnesota Horse Expo planners stop and wonder but the sun cooperated, the snow melted, and the Expo went on as scheduled.
 Horses from over thirty-five breeds participated in the daily Coliseum Parade of Breeds, the afternoon breed demos or the stallion presentations. Minnesota Horse Council Horseperson of the Year Karen Clark was driven into the ring with family and friends by Phil Odden and his Norwegian Fjords on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday by Jason Goodman and the six horse Young Living Oils Percheron hitch.

Two feature attractions at this Expo, the PRCA rodeo and Ma’Ceo, the acrobatic equestrian show in the big top tent, drew near capacity crowds at their Saturday performances. New in 2018, the Colt Starting Challenge USA judges named Claude Roebuck from Sioux Falls SD winner of the competition after riding his horse thru the obstacle course on Sunday. Gary Kuoppala from Iron MN was the runner up.  Many came early to Expo this year to catch the colt starting in the Coliseum each morning starting as early as 8:30am and stayed late to enjoy the live music of Roadhouse 6 outside the Horse Barn until 10:30pm Friday and Saturday. Our thanks to the many persons responsible for safely and enthusiastically organizing and running these events.

pic by Else Bigton

Clinicians Steve Edwards, Dan James and Phil Odden demonstrated, answered questions and met with Expo-goers at their booths and stalls. The Northern Minnesota Draft Horse Association, the Minnesota Horse Breeders Association and the North Star Draft Horse Association under the leadership of Mike Berthiaume brought together draft teams and farm equipment from all over the state to demonstrate how logging and farming routinely used to be done with horses. The Battle of the Breeds: Obstacle Challenge Advanced Division was won for the second year in a row by Ashley Frones riding her Tennessee Walker; the Novice Division by Dave Loftness riding his Icelandic. Over thirteen breeds at the Expo participated.

pic by Kathy Juhl

Ashley Frones - Advanced Winner                  Dave Loftness - Novice Winner
pics by Carmel Huppert

Many informative and well attended talks by the MN State Patrol, Lainie DeBoer, University of Minnesota Equine Extension personnel, the Minnesota Farriers Association, the Long Lake Hounds board members , Hay Chix founders Erin Olson and Kristine Jacobsen, and Horse Council directors took place in the DNR Building and Cattle Barn Speaker area. Thank you to all who generously gave their time and expertise.

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Booth vendors set up both in and outside the State Fair buildings. From feeders to trailers to embellished show clothing and hats to Expo logo merchandise – it could be found at Expo. We welcome the product and information diversity and encourage new vendors each year. Thousands of free Expo programs were handed out at the gates for use at and after the Expo. Please continue to support the vendors who participate at Expo throughout the rest of the year.

pic by Kathy Juhl

Thank you to the sponsors of the rodeo, the wristbands, the band and the Minnesota Horse Expo in general. We appreciate that support and value the partnerships created. To the many volunteers who proudly wear the t-shirts and work tirelessly stuffing, handing out, giving directions, sorting and selling – we thank you!

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And especially - Thank you to all the attendees of this year’s Expo. Thanks for remembering and retelling that the money raised is used by the Minnesota Horse Council to strengthen the horse industry in our state. To learn more about the MHC programs and how you as a horse owner or member of a horse community might benefit visit minnesotahorsecouncil.org.

pics by Kathy Juhl

Minnesota Horse Expo 2019 dates are April 26-28. Look forward to seeing you there. Please feel free to use the survey at the top of the board here if you wish to make suggestions for the next Minnesota Horse Expo.

April 26, 27, 28 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds

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