Hinsdale, IL --- A reminder to all horsemen that the deadline to order tickets for the USTA District 5 awards banquet is Saturday (Jan. 11). The event will be held in the Artisan Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on Saturday (Jan. 18).
Starting at 3 p.m. there will be the USTA membership meeting with reports and rule change discussions and reports from the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association and the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of County Fairs and Horse Racing.
A cocktail reception will commence at 5:30 p.m. with the awards banquet following at 6:30 p.m. The banquet will be catered by Poe Catering, and the featured speaker of the banquet is Mike Tanner, Executive Vice President of the USTA.
Many door prizes have been donated by numerous suppliers, horsemen’s groups and individual horsemen. Illinois conceived and foaled divisional awards, top stallions, top broodmares, Illinois Horse of the Year, Illinois Department of Agriculture awards, Topline awards and several special awards will be presented. A dance follows the banquet and awards at 9 p.m.
Banquet tickets are $30 per person, $55 for two or $165 for a table of six. Tickets must be purchased before the event by calling Sam Lilly (630.373.7670) or Brenda Watson (217.416.3973) and will be held at the door for your arrival. Checks should be made out to USTA District 5 and mailed to P.O. Box 399, Downers Grove, IL 60515.