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Equestrian events at the Michigan State Fair are treasured traditions that celebrate the magic and grandeur of horses. The state fair includes competitions in English hunt and saddle seat, and Western equitation, pleasure classes, barrel racing, reining, and pulling events. The state fairgrounds became notably popular in the 1930’s when horse race gambling was legalized and struggling racehorse Seabiscuit began winning races. Harness racing also became a popular sport at the fairgrounds.
Michigan Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. (2020). Our history. Retrieved from https://www.mihbpa.com/history
Michigan State Fair. (2020). Equestrian pavilion. Retrieved from https://www.michiganstatefairllc.com/equestrian-pavilion