Minnesota Fall Festival

Written by Charlene Deyle for Arabian Horse Times Magazine

First, Friendliest, Fairest … these three words have held true for 34 years, and continue to be the draw for many when they will again head to the 35th Minnesota Arabian Horse Association’s (MAHB) Fall Festival. Held September 30-through October 2nd, it is the original and longest running auction-based futurity. Held at the MN State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, it is also the only All-Amateur Halter and Performance Futurity show available. Over $200,000 will be awarded this year in 11 halter and 26 performance classes, including Western, Hunter, Saddle Seat, Reining, and new this year, a Jackpot Champion class for each performance division.

Bred by only the finest stallions in the industry, those who make this an annual event in their lives understand why this show is aptly labeled a festival—a celebration of beautiful and top quality, talented Arabian horses ridden by expert horsemen and women, and sprinkled with fellow comrades who revel in their passion,

all while feasting, two things which can be found at the heavily attended Progressive Dinner and Medallion Stallion service auction, on Saturday evening. Held in the Ag Star building, it is one of the strongest in the industry with highly regarded stallions from all over the world.

All of this and a generous does of giving back is what can be expected with this show. This year, the MAHB will be giving a

$5,000 check to the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation.

The phrase, “Exclusive, Exciting, Enduring,” is also a part of this show’s theme. With so much prize money available and 34 years of proven success under its belt, who wouldn’t want to join this elite group of like-minded people who believe in the same stallions as you do and put this show at the top of their list? If you need any more convincing, hear from those well respected in the Arabian horse community and who have participated and won at this prestigious event:

“The MN Medallion program has all the best sires nominated into the program. Chances are, that with the large payouts for all the performance classes, and the halter classes, that you will not only pay for all your show expenses, you will be able to pocket some cash too! The show is fun, the competition is great and the facility is wonderful! This is a “do not miss” event for Conway Arabians, and hopefully, for you too!” —Lori Conway

“The Minnesota Fall Fest is a unique opportunity for amateurs to showcase fantastic young horses enrolled in the program, themselves. An extremely welcoming show with superior horses, great entertainment, and excellent prize money to boot! I highly encourage participating in this wonderful show.” —Tom Theisen

“We’re proud to show off our home grown offspring in a fun, family setting.” —Val Sylla

“The MN Arabian Horse Breeders Fall Festival is put on by the horse breeders and owners. This presents an entirely different venue to the exhibitors and attendees. The emphasis is on “how” to raise or breed your own performance or halter horse.” —Eleanor Hamilton

“The Minnesota Breeders Association set the standard for all of the breeding futurity programs that have followed. The enthusiasm they have developed, in both halter and performance, is directly related to the group’s efforts to remain true to their mission while always evolving to meet the current state of breeding and the needs of the participants in their program. They have made changes in a well thought out and steady manner, which keeps the confidence of breeder supporters. Well done MBAHA.” —Larry Hoffman

“MAHB is a community of Arabian horse enthusiasts where club members establish and institute the nucleus of their program. It is a simple basic c approach. It is big enough to be successful, but small enough to be intimate.” —Larry Jerome

“Each year the MAHB Fall Festival represents a true highlight within our show season.

Held during such a wonderful time of the year, this futurity is unique in that it is produced

and supported by and for the Arabian breeder. Many breeders aspire

to create a Fall Fest Champion, of which many have gone on to earn National Champion honors. One can’t help smile when you think of the joy and dream fulfilling moments that have been experienced and taken place at this event!” —Jeff Schall

“The Minnesota Breeders Fall Festival is the original Arabian Breeding Futurity. I’m very fortunate that I grew up in the area that it took place. The program has had a huge impact on my career. The enthusiasm surrounding it continues to allow it to be one of the most enjoyable weekends in an Arabian horse lover’s year.” —Andy Sellman

We love the Fall Fest! It gives amateurs the opportunity to show for prize money and compete in large classes. It’s also a place where people take a chance with a horse who maybe hasn’t shown much or hasn’t had a lot of training, and owners treat it like Vegas; sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but it is always fun. And since trainers can’t show, we all help each other, too (but that’s pretty normal in Region 10 anytime)! —Hoyt Rose

Take A Chance, Have A Chance; Win A Big Check!