Kansas Horse Council 8831 Quail Lane Suite 201, Manhattan, KS 66502 785-776-0662 ©1999-2016 Kansas Horse Council, All rights reserved.

Arena Entertainment

Breed Showcase

Located in Briggs Auto Group Arena and Kiser Arena

The breed showcase features many different breeds and disciplines of the equine world and educates the audience during their arena performance. Participants decorate their stalls in the “Guard Sales” Stall Barn. They are happy to chat with patrons at their decorated hospitality booth at the end of their stall aisle in the barn. See the lineup so you don’t miss out! Breed Showcase Schedule

Special Demonstrations

Located in Briggs Auto Group Arena and Kiser Arena

2019 to be announced

R Bar B Top Horse Versatility Challenge

Located in Briggs Auto Group Arena and Kiser Arena

The R Bar B Top Horse Versatility Challenge will have TOP riders competing in five exciting events. Our competitors are men and women, both pro and amateurs. Who will you cheer for this year? We start off Friday with a fund Mounted Shooting class, then change arenas for the Gambler’s Choice jumping class. Saturday’s classes start with the ever popular Obstacle Course with a twist, followed by Cattle Work in the afternoon. Each contestant will compete to gather the most points in a set time. Sunday brings the final event, Freestyle to Music. This event will surely pack the house as the cowboys and cowgirls put it all out there to dazzle the judges in a stellar performance. These riders will definitely bring their “A” game to vie for bragging rights as Top Horse in the Equifest of Kansas 2018 challenge!  Check the program schedule under the Events Schedule page.

Judging Contest

Located in KiserArena

The Horse Judging Contest allows students to learn evaluation procedures used to select horses for various disciplines.  The contest will provide a combination of both English and Western disciplines such as but not limited to Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Reining, Western Horsemanship, Ranch Riding, Hunter Under Saddle, and Hunt Seat Equitation.  Students will also evaluate Halter classes where they will determine the placing of the class based on the confirmation of the animal.  They will also be asked to give sets of reasons, which are a formatted explanation of their opinion which justifies their placing.  Awards will be given for both divisions for Individuals and Teams.  Registration will begin at 7:30 and the awards will be at the conclusion of the contest in the afternoon.  Lunch will be provided.

Briggs Auto Group Arena and Kiser Arena

Dan James

Born in Queensland Australia on a small cattle farm, Dan James first began his lifelong passion with horses at six weeks old. The family milking goat would suffice until he got his first pony.  Starting his first colt in his early teens sparked his hunger to understand more about the horse’s thinking patterns.  After studying at Longreach Pastoral College, James began traveling the world to gain a better understanding of horses.  In 2008, James was recognized as a world class colt trainer when he won the “Way of the Horse” at Equitana Asia Pacific.  In 2012, James wowed judges again with his incredible training techniques winning the coveted “Road to the Horse International” Colt Starting World Champion title. Dan’s other achievements include: 2013:  Featured on the TV series, “Mustang Millionaire” and was also a Mustang Millionaire Finalist, Top 5. 2014:  Kentucky Gold Cup Reining Freestyle Champion 2014:  Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Champion 2015:  Kentucky Gold Cup Reining People Choice Award 2016:  RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining Champion and People Choice Award We are very pleased to have Dan and his family as part of Equifest, 2019!  Congratulations to Dan on Winning The 2018 AQHA Congress, Freestyle Reining Championship!
Visit Dan’s website HERE 

Mustang Maddy

Maddy was diagnosed with a serious case of “Horse Fever” from a young age.  She got her first horse at the age of 8, thinking it would be a “fairytale dream come true”.  Starting out with horses proved to be some of the hardest years and lessons of her life!  Maddy was bucked off, charged at, bolted off with and kicked, but even as a young girl, she committed herself to learning the language of the horse and figuring out how to develop a magical, respected relationship with these magnificent creatures! After years of hand on experience training wild horses (mustangs) and zebras, closely examining the work of a wide array of equine professionals, studying communications at Purdue University and countless trials & errors, Maddy has finally been able to put together all that she learned in “The 5 Golden Rules to Horse-Human Connection”. Maddy has experienced great success in colt starting, liberty training (rope free) and performance riding.  Maddy has over 8 million hits on her FB videos of bridleless and liberty performances on previously wild mustangs, some just 1 week from being completely wild! Come see Maddy perform with her zebra’s and mustang’s and experience the magic of the horse-human bond!
Kansas Horse Council 8831 Quail Lane Suite 201, Manhattan, KS 66502 785-776-0662 ©1999-2016 Kansas Horse Council, All rights reserved.

Arena Entertainment

Breed Showcase

Located in Briggs Auto Group Arena and Kiser Arena

The breed showcase features many different breeds and disciplines of the equine world and educates the audience during their arena performance. Participants decorate their stalls in the “Guard Sales” Stall Barn. They are happy to chat with patrons at their decorated hospitality booth at the end of their stall aisle in the barn. See the lineup so you don’t miss out! Breed Showcase Schedule

Special Demonstrations

Located in Briggs Auto Group Arena and Kiser Arena

2019 to be announced

R Bar B Top Horse Versatility Challenge

Located in Briggs Auto Group Arena and

Kiser Arena

The R Bar B Top Horse Versatility Challenge will have TOP riders competing in five exciting events. Our competitors are men and women, both pro and amateurs. Who will you cheer for this year? We start off Friday with a fund Mounted Shooting class, then change arenas for the Gambler’s Choice jumping class. Saturday’s classes start with the ever popular Obstacle Course with a twist, followed by Cattle Work in the afternoon. Each contestant will compete to gather the most points in a set time. Sunday brings the final event, Freestyle to Music. This event will surely pack the house as the cowboys and cowgirls put it all out there to dazzle the judges in a stellar performance. These riders will definitely bring their “A” game to vie for bragging rights as Top Horse in the Equifest of Kansas 2018 challenge!  Check the program schedule under the Events Schedule page.

Judging Contest

Located in KiserArena

The Horse Judging Contest allows students to learn evaluation procedures used to select horses for various disciplines.  The contest will provide a combination of both English and Western disciplines such as but not limited to Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Reining, Western Horsemanship, Ranch Riding, Hunter Under Saddle, and Hunt Seat Equitation.  Students will also evaluate Halter classes where they will determine the placing of the class based on the confirmation of the animal.  They will also be asked to give sets of reasons, which are a formatted explanation of their opinion which justifies their placing.  Awards will be given for both divisions for Individuals and Teams.  Registration will begin at 7:30 and the awards will be at the conclusion of the contest in the afternoon.  Lunch will be provided.

Briggs Auto Group Arena and Kiser Arena

Dan James

Born in Queensland Australia on a small cattle farm, Dan James first began his lifelong passion with horses at six weeks old. The family milking goat would suffice until he got his first pony.  Starting his first colt in his early teens sparked his hunger to understand more about the horse’s thinking patterns.  After studying at Longreach Pastoral College, James began traveling the world to gain a better understanding of horses.  In 2008, James was recognized as a world class colt trainer when he won the “Way of the Horse” at Equitana Asia Pacific.  In 2012, James wowed judges again with his incredible training techniques winning the coveted “Road to the Horse International” Colt Starting World Champion title. Dan’s other achievements include: 2013:  Featured on the TV series, “Mustang Millionaire” and was also a Mustang Millionaire Finalist, Top 5. 2014:  Kentucky Gold Cup Reining Freestyle Champion 2014:  Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Champion 2015:  Kentucky Gold Cup Reining People Choice Award 2016:  RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining Champion and People Choice Award We are very pleased to have Dan and his family as part of Equifest, 2019!  Congratulations to Dan on Winning The 2018 AQHA Congress, Freestyle Reining Championship!
Visit his website HERE 

Mustang Maddy

Maddy was diagnosed with a serious case of “Horse Fever” from a young age.  She got her first horse at the age of 8, thinking it would be a “fairytale dream come true”.  Starting out with horses proved to be some of the hardest years and lessons of her life!  Maddy was bucked off, charged at, bolted off with and kicked, but even as a young girl, she committed herself to learning the language of the horse and figuring out how to develop a magical, respected relationship with these magnificent creatures! After years of hand on experience training wild horses (mustangs) and zebras, closely examining the work of a wide array of equine professionals, studying communications at Purdue University and countless trials & errors, Maddy has finally been able to put together all that she learned in “The 5 Golden Rules to Horse-Human Connection”. Maddy has experienced great success in colt starting, liberty training (rope free) and performance riding.  Maddy has over 8 million hits on her FB videos of bridleless and liberty performances on previously wild mustangs, some just 1 week from being completely wild! Come see Maddy perform with her zebra’s and mustang’s and experience the magic of the horse-human bond!