The Michigan Horse Expo has a rich history. Going back 39 consecutive years, it is one of the longest running equine events in the country.
The focus is always on the horse. Vendors, Classroom Presentations, Clinics, Rodeos and a Mane Event bring in over 300 horse participants, representing some 2 dozen different breeds, with some 20,000 people that attend the 3 day Michigan Horse Expo in East Lansing, Michigan.
“We intend to make the next Michigan Horse Expo (March 10-12, 2023) a big celebration because of the fact it will be the 40th Anniversary for the Michigan Horse Expo, and the 50th Anniversary for the Michigan Horse Council,” says Marketing Coordinator Jen Peck.
Read the press release below:
Michigan Horse Council to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in 2023
The Michigan Horse Council (MHC) will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2023. Founded in
1973 with the mission to “Promote and Protect the Horse Industry”, the Michigan Horse Council
has been doing just that through a variety of events, legislative actions, and financial investments
into Michigan equine organizations.
“As we approach the Golden Anniversary of the Michigan Horse Council, let us celebrate the
health and strength of this organization. Only the Horse could lead such a diverse and dedicated
group of humans for over 5 decades” said current Michigan Horse Council President, Inger
Since 1973 the Michigan Horse Council has built a wide variety of events that advocate,
positively impact, and engage individuals to participate in the equine industry. Some of these
events include Equine Legislative Day, Michigan Horse Expo, Statewide Trail Ride, and monthly
Virtual Equine Coffee Hours. Most recently, Michigan Horse Council partnered with the
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help execute the first Michigan Shoreline
The Michigan Horse Council has also been very active on the legislative front to ensure that the
Michigan equine industry is supported and protected by state, regional, and national leaders.
Financial support of the Michigan equine industry is another vital part to the Council’s success
over these 50 years. Since 2017 Michigan Horse Council has awarded $29,000 in scholarships,
$20,086 in education and youth development, $7,089 to various associations and partner groups,
$7,750.00 to Michigan trails, and $24,620 to promote the Michigan horse industry to Michigan
“What a pleasure to see how this organization has progressed, the Michigan Horse Expo, the
support to all organizations, and the fiercely loyal professionals that lead this organization,” said
Past President and 50th Anniversary Chair, Colonel Don Packard. This committee is also being
chaired by Past President, Mike Foote.
The 2023 Michigan Horse Expo, being hosted on March 10-12 at the Michigan State University
Livestock Pavilion, will host many of its celebrations to commemorate this golden anniversary.
Not only will the 2023 Michigan Horse Expo celebrate the Michigan Horse Council’s 50th
anniversary, it also marks the 40th Anniversary of the Michigan Horse Expo.
Michigan Horse Council
Mr. Sasha Glover – Communications Chair