One of the premier horse expositions in the Upper Midwest, the Minnesota State Fair Horse Show features more competitions, breeds and demonstrations than ever before - all free with fair admission.

Click on the links below to see a brief snapshot of this year's show, including entry fees, judge lists, show schedule and more.

View the stalls in an online map of the Horse Barn. Use this great resource during online registration to request your favorite stalls from the Horse Barn Manager. While there is no guarantee on which stalls you get, this will help in trying to place you where you want to be.

CLASSES - Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum

Below is a selection of horse classes that will take place in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum during the 12 days of the fair; this is not all inclusive.

  • Hunter Performance; Jumper Performance; Hunter Classic; Draft Horse Hitch; Draft Horse and Miniature Horse Driving; Draft Horse Supreme Six-Horse Hitch; Hunter and Western Horsemanship for Quarter, Paint, Appaloosa and Pinto; English and Western Pleasure; Appaloosa; Morgan; Pinto; Paint; Arabian; Northwoods Trail Cup Challenge; State Fair Signature classes; WSCA classes

CLASSES - AgStar Arena

Below is a selection of horse classes that will take place in AgStar Arena during the 12 days of the fair; this is not all inclusive.

  • Draft Horse Halter; Draft Horse Decorating & Showmanship; Miniature Horse Halter; Signature Class Cutting Horse Competition; Appaloosa; Paint; Pinto; Quarter Horses Halter & Showmanship

REGISTRATION: Enter online beginning Monday, June 18. Payment for entries are due at the time of registration; online registration ABSOLUTELY closes Monday, Aug. 6 at midnight. NO late entries may be submitted via the online process.

Entries may also be submitted via mail; maybe must be submitted at the time of entry. If you do not pay, your entries will not be accepted.


REGISTRATION: Opens the Monday, June 18; closing dates below:

  • Mail in registration: Monday, July 23 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Online registration: Monday, Aug. 6 at midnight

For further information, please contact or (651) 288-4417.


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Online registration will absolutely close at midnight on Aug. 6.

Please read the premium book rules before beginning online registration, as you are responsible for the important rules and conditions it contains regarding your entries.

Note: Pre-fair discount admission tickets will no longer be sold by the competition office as part of the online registration process. However, once you complete your online registration, you will see a link to the ticket office. This link will also be included in your confirmation email.

Registration opens June 18


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NOTE: These documents are from 2017. 2018 documents will be uploaded in the spring.