Department 1: Horse

Event Day and Date
JudgingRefer to specific class in entry form for date and time of judging.
Deadline for all entriesAugust 1
Drop OffAll Stock: Sunday, August 13 after 1:30 pm to Monday, August 14 at 2:00 pm
Mandatory Exhibitors meetingMonday, August 14 at 7:30 pm
Contact Name Phone Email
SuperintendentDebbie Oakes607-237-2731[email protected]
Assistant SuperintendentJoan Nunemacher570-237-0621[email protected]

Department Rules

Exhibitors must adhere to the General Rules for the Harford Fair listed here.

Exhibitors must adhere to the IAFE Code of Ethics which can be found here.

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  1. To enter: download the entry form below and follow the instructions or use the Horse Entry Blank found below. Entries must be accompanied with a copy of CVI/Health Certificate with vaccinations listed and a copy of negative Coggins report.
  2. The rules printed herein are made a part of the conditions under which all entries of exhibitors are made. Exhibitors are respectfully requested to read carefully, thereby avoiding any confusion before, during and after the Fair.
  3. Stock to enter Sunday, August 13, after 1:30 PM to Monday, August 14 at 2:00 Upon your arrival at the fairgrounds, check in with one of the superintendents who will direct you to the stalls or space your stock is to occupy.
  4. If you desire any information concerning the business of the exhibition, pay no attention to rumors or hearsay, but go directly to the superintendents who will take pleasure in giving you all the information you
  5. If stabling facilities are filled prior to closing date, we will close halter class entries at that
  6. All entries must be made by the owner, and no animal will be admitted or stabled unless properly If someone else will be showing the horse, note name on entry blank.
  7. There will be a limit of two (2) horses per owner who must enter & participate in halter classes or be turned away next year. This applies to all saddle horses on the fairgrounds Sunday, August 13 to Sunday, August 20, 2023.
  8. No stallions born before January 1, 2023 will be allowed on the fairgrounds. This only applies to the horses staying for the week.
  9. All entries must be broke to tie & lead, or be disqualified.
  10. No one under the age of 18 years will be allowed to show stallions.
  11. Registered horses & ponies must be shown in the registered section and can only be entered under one breed.
  12. Any animal that appears to be sick or not serviceably sound, will be excused from fairgrounds. Decision of the superintendents will be final.
  13. For horses staying Sunday, August 13 thru Saturday August 19, a fee of $20.00 per animal will be charged.
  14. A number will be assigned to each animal upon That number must be displayed whenever the animal is shown. Entry number may be picked up from the Superintendents after stall assignment.
  15. All stalls must be cleaned and limed before leaving Entries staying on the fairground from Tuesday to Saturday may be allowed to leave Saturday night with the superintendent’s permission or must leave Sunday, August 20 by 10 AM. This will be STRICTLY ENFORCED!
  16. Anyone making entries and failing to show without notifying superintendents will be disqualified for the following two years.
  17. Only original bedding will be All entries must furnish their own hay, grain, straw, wood chips, &/or saw dust.
  18. The superintendents reserve the right to change the order of classes before or during the Horses stabled for the week must enter the Halter Classes.
  19. The decisions of the judges will be final.
  20. All attendants in charge of animals will be subject to the orders of the Any owner neglecting to properly feed and water his/her animal(s) will be required to take his/ her animal(s) home.
  21. All exhibitors are notified that any act of discourtesy or disobedience on the part of the exhibitor, owner, rider, or driver to the judges and/or other officials, will result in the disqualification of the The owner shall thereby forfeit his/her entry fee and all premium awards.
  22. Fire Law regulations prohibit the roping off of aisles or any parts of
  23. NO SMOKING at any time in the horse barns.
  24. No animals are permitted on fairgrounds beyond the Horse Barn. All horses must be exercised in the arena, not in the barn area.
  25. No one is to let a horse loose in the arena. Horses must either be ridden or on a lunge line.
  26. Helmets must be worn by all exhibitors, ages 18 and under as of January 1st, 2023.

Department 1 - Horses - 2023 Health Rules

Requirements for Equine Animals (Pennsylvania) Entering the Fairgrounds:

  1. A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI, also called a health certificate) issued after May 1, 2023 is required. The CVI must remain on the Fairgrounds with the exhibitor, and be available for inspection at any time.
  2. All animals must be free of infectious and contagious diseases and a statement of this is required on the CVI (the statement is preprinted on the CVI).
  3. All animals must test negative for EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia) by an official test (negative Coggins Test), completed after January 1, 2023. Laboratory test results must accompany each animal (a copy of the original lab report is acceptable). Foals less than six months of age accompanied by a dam which meets the above requirements are exempt from EIA testing If the foal is not accompanied by the dam, a copy of the dam’s test results must accompany the foal.
  4. A current rabies vaccination administered by a licensed veterinarian is required for animals three (3) months of age and If a mare was currently vaccinated against rabies when she foaled, the foal is not required to be vaccinated until six (6) months of age. All rabies vaccinated equine animals must be accompanied by a rabies vaccination certificate (or a copy), or the rabies vaccination information must be included on the CVI.
  5. It is required that equine animals are also vaccinated against: EEE & WEE (Eastern & Western Equine Encephalomyelitis), Equine Influenza, Tetanus and Rhino (EVH-1 & EVH-4) by using a 5-way It is recommended that equine animals are also vaccinated against West Nile Virus and Potomac.

Requirements for Out of State Equine Animals Entering the Fairgrounds (in addition to the above listed requirements):

  1. A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued within 30 days prior to the start of the 2023 Harford Fair. If an animal comes from a state in which Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has been identified, or a bordering state, the CVI shall include a statement verifying “All animals identified on this CVI have been examined and found to be free from Vesicular Stomatitis. During the past 90 days, these animals have neither been exposed to VS nor located within 10 miles of a site where VS has been diagnosed.”
  2. If an equine animal has resided in a state in which Piroplasmosis has been identified for a cumulative total of 30 days or more within the six (6) months preceding the date of entry into Pennsylvania, that animal must test-negative for Piroplasmosis on a competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (c-ELISA) test, or a PA Department of AG approved equivalent test, with the test occurring within 30 days preceding entry into The written laboratory test report, confirming compliance with the requirement described above, shall accompany the equine animal to the Fairgrounds; and the test date and test results shall be written on the CVI.