2023 Heart of the Horse Expo

May 19 & 20, 2023
Kirk Fordice Equine Center
Jackson, MS

join us for the

Heart of the Horse Trainers Challenge

Come cheer for your favorite team as 30 professional, amateur and youth trainers compete to show the end results of their 120 day journey to transform their challenge horse from unwanted and untrained into a desirable equine partner and companion.  

Specific time schedules will be announced at a later date, but classes begin at 9:00 a.m. each day:

  • Friday, May 19: Health & Ground Manners


  • Saturday, May 20: FREESTYLE 

Safe Horse Auction

The Heart of the Horse Trainer Challenge horses, and possibly some of the Diamond Project horses, will be available for adoption to pre-approved bidders in a live Safe Horse Auction. Bidding begins at the conclusion of the Heart of the Horse Trainer’s Challenge awards presentation on Saturday, May 20th. If you are in the market for a new equine companion, please follow the Challenge Horses on this website and on social media. If you think one or more of them may be a good match for you, you must be pre-approved to adopt and make an appointment to meet the horse and its trainer prior to the auction in order to bid. Check  Adoption Info for more complete information on the application and approval process.

Drawing for Polaris Ranger Winner
Enter to Win!

Our primary source of funding for the Heart of the Horse Expo is this fundraiser. You can help support our mission…and have a chance at winning a new Polaris Ranger 570 SP too!  
The drawing for the winner of the Ranger will be the afternoon of May 20th during the final Awards Ceremony for the Heart of the Horse Trainers Challenge.
Tickets are available here:  Buy Tickets Here


Used Tack & Consignment Sale

 Back by popular demand! Shop for a wide variety of gently used quality tack, riding apparel, horse and barn supplies at our sale on Saturday, May 20th from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

All proceeds go to support the efforts of Mississippi Horse Rescue. If you have tack that you would like to donate or consign for this sale, please contact us: Used Tack & Consignment Info

Equine Related Exhibitors & Vendors

Saturday, May 20th will be the day that all equine enthusiasts should plan to spend the day at the Heart of the Horse Expo! In addition to enjoying the final Freestyle competition in the 2023 Heart of the Horse Trainers Challenge, Safe Horse Auction of Challenge horses, and Drawing for the Winner of the Polaris Ranger, you can shop with the vendors on the concourse and peruse equine related exhibits. 

If you would like to participate in the Heart of the Horse Expo as a vendor or exhibitor, visit Vendor & Exhibitor Info.