Trick Riders, Drill Teams and Horses Galore at Fall Festival at Danada Oct. 13

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Trick Riders, Drill Teams and Horses Galore at Fall Festival at Danada Oct. 13

Riding demonstrations, wagon rides, kids crafts, food part of 2019 lineup

(Oct. 1, 2019) — Join a celebration of the horse and fall season at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Fall Festival at Danada Sunday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Danada Equestrian Center, 3S507 Naperville Road in Wheaton.

Visitors can see trick and bareback riding by Midwest Renegades, demonstrations of Arabian horse versatility, Saddlebreds, miniature-horse drill teams and other riding styles and breeds from guest performers throughout the day. Special guest PGA Trick Shot and King of Clubs Peter Longo will perform from 1 to 1:30 p.m. just east of the Danada House. 

Visitors can meet and buy pieces from Danada’s own Nick the Painting Horse; take horse-drawn wagon rides through the autumn woods; tour the barn that once housed Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair; and learn about horse care, grooming, and tack. Children can take pony rides, paint pumpkins, and create and decorate paper hobbyhorses to ride in the main arena. 
Horse-drawn wagon rides are $5 per person ages 5 and up; under 5 are free. Pony rides are $5, and face painting and hobbyhorse are $5 per person for both activites. 

“The Fall Festival at Danada celebrates the relationship between the domestic horse and skilled rider for both pleasure and sport,” said Wayne Zaininger, the center’s manager. “It also showcases a variety of breeds and riding disciplines and remains one of the only equestrian shows of its kind in DuPage County.”

The Forest Preserve District’s largest event, Fall Festival at Danada draws nearly 8,000 visitors each year and takes place rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. Food and beverages are available for purchase, and some activities have small fees (cash preferred). Questions? Call 630-668-6012.

Festivalgoers can also visit the Danada House, former home to Dan and Ada Rice, to view the Friends of Danada’s Nature Art and Photo Show, a juried competition featuring local artists.

Schedule of Entertainment
11 a.m. National Anthem Elmhurst and Wheaton Colleges choir group
11 a.m. Adult Flag Team Midwest Renegades
11:15 a.m. Trail Class John Franke and Lisa Zaininger
11:30 a.m. Arabian Versatility Demo Northern Illinois Arabian Horse Association
11:45 a.m. Driving Laurie Soukup
Noon Devils Youth Team Dirt Devils of the Midwest Renegades
12:15 p.m. Hobbyhorse Romp  
12:30 p.m. Drill Wayne DuPage Pony Club
12:45 p.m. Hobbyhorse Romp  
1 p.m. Bareback/Bridleless Midwest Renegades
1 p.m. PGA Trick Shot and King of Clubs Peter Longo  
1:15 p.m. Rake and Water Arena  
2:15 p.m. Dare Devil Trick Riding The Renegade Dare Devils
2:30 p.m. Therapeutic Riding Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities
2:45 p.m. Arabian Versatility Demo Northern Illinois Arabian Horse Activity Club
3 p.m. Driving Laurie Soukup
3:15 p.m. Parade of Breeds  
3:30 p.m. Hobbyhorse Romp  
3:45 p.m. Jumping Wayne DuPage Pony Club
4 p.m. Saddlebreds Sundance Ridge Saddlebreds
4:15 p.m. Miniature Horse Drill Midwest Renegades
4:30 p.m Trail Class John Franke and Lisa Zaininger
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60+ forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.




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