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August 15, 2016

“World of Horses” Exhibit at the 2016 Great New York State Fair Celebrates Equestrian Athletes Competing in Olympic Games and Showcases New York’s Equine Industry

Special Presentations Will Educate Fairgoers about the New York Equestrian Athletes Competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

Exhibit Expands on Last Year’s Equine Avenue, Highlighting New York State Horses and The Industry’s Impact on Agriculture and the Economy

The “World of Horses” exhibit at the 2016 Great New York State Fair will showcase New York’s equine industry, allowing fairgoers the unique opportunity to interact with New York horses and learn about their significant impact on agriculture and on the New York State economy, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today.  Special presentations will also celebrate equestrian athletes competing in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games.

“World of Horses is an incredible opportunity for fairgoers who don’t have many chances to interact with horses to do so. The equine industry is important to both the agricultural industry and New York’s economy. I encourage fairgoers to stop by the new World of Horses tent to see some of New York’s best horses and learn about the New Yorkers riding in the Olympics. We’ll all be rooting for them this week—go Team USA,” said Waffner.

The World of Horses tent, located next to the Toyota Coliseum, will feature daily presentations of “Meet the Horses,” where fairgoers will be able to meet several different breeds of New York horses and learn about horses riding in the arena that day. Daily “Caring for the Horse” presentations will cover a wide variety of interesting topics, such as comparing the horse body to the human body, what a horse eats, horse safety, grooming, and much more.  Fairgoers will also have the opportunity to win prizes through games and trivia and photo opportunities will be available with New York horses and a full-size Olympic level show jump.

There will be a special focus on equestrian sports in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to celebrate the New York athletes taking part in the competition. Beezie Madden with horse Cortes C of Cazenovia, Madison County and McLain Ward and horse HH Azur of Brewster, Putnam County competed in the individual and team jumping events on August 14 and have advanced to the next round of competition on Tuesday, August 16.

Madden and Ward are gold medalists, both competing in their fourth Olympic Games.  Madden and her horse Authentic won Olympic team show jumping gold medals in 2004 and 2008, as well an individual bronze in 2008, making the horse the most decorated in Olympic history.  Ward won gold in team jumping in his first two Olympic appearances in 2004 and 2008 with his horse, Sapphire.

Equestrian activities contribute over $2 billion to New York State’s economy annually. Equestrian industry representatives will be present at the World of Horses tent to discuss the industry’s economic impact and answer questions from fairgoers.

“Horses are an integral part of our state, playing important roles in agriculture, sports and therapy—all of which contribute to the economy. There is a multitude of ways to get involved with horses throughout our state, we hope visitors to the exhibit will feel inspired and leave with ideas on how to do so. We’re looking forward to the Fair and are excited to share our passion for horses and the horse industry with fairgoers,” said Coordinator for World of Horses, Karin Bump.

The World of Horses exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with the horses available until 7 p.m. On the last day of the Fair (Labor Day), World of Horses will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the horses available until 2 p.m. The exhibit is free with Fair admission and requires no form of preregistration. A full schedule for World of Horses and all events can be downloaded here.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 25 to September 5, 2016.  The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "Find Your Great," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

The 375-acre New York State Fairgrounds is undergoing the most significant transformation since it first opened its gates in 1890. The $50 million plan, announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, revitalizes the grounds in many ways, improving the quality of the fairgoer’s experience and providing greater economic benefits for the region. Improvements include the dramatic new Main Gate— the arches of which recall the carriage gate that greeted fairgoers in 1900, a larger, 15-acre Wade Shows Midway that will hold more rides than ever, and the brand new 315-site Empire RV Park with underground water, sewer and electrical service. The plan will better position the New York State Fairgrounds as a premier year-round, multi-use facility that can attract more events and visitors from across the nation.  Renderings can be viewed here

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter or nysfair on Snapchat and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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