The Good Hands National Finals

Held at Mid-America Mane Event October 17-20, 2019


PLEASE NOTE FOR 2020: The 2020 Good Hands Junior Exhibitor Final Open to Any Junior Exhibitor Interested in Participating.

April 29, 2020 -- Mid-America Horse Show Association (MAHSA) announced that
qualification for The Good Hands Junior Exhibitor 2020 Final is now open to any
Junior Exhibitor interested in participating in the 2020 Final. The requirement to
achieve a certain placing in The Good Hands Final qualifying classes has been
removed for the 2020 year. Junior Exhibitor status is defined as exhibitors who
will not have reached their 18th birthday by December 1 of this year.

The Good Hands Finals originated in 1929 at the National Horse Show held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, making it the oldest of the equitation finals. After several decades in New York, the finals subsequently moved to the Meadowlands in New Jersey, the Pennsylvania National in Harrisburg, PA and then to the Mane Event Horse Show in Springfield, Illinois.


In 2015, Mid-America Horse Show Association became the proud owner of The Good Hands Program, bringing it fully under the umbrella of the Saddlebred community. The Good Hands Finals builds on a foundation for Saddle Seat Equitation excellence, which is deeply rooted in tradition, poise and precision of performance. At the Mane Event Horse Show two national finals are offered: The Good Hands Junior Exhibitor National Finals and The Good Hands Adult National Finals.


At this final, it is a pleasure to offer more than ring competition, it is a multi-day celebration of our talented equitation riders.  During the Good Hands Finals, each finalist will be recognized for his or her accomplishments at The Good Hands Banquet of Champions Celebration. This allows the exhibitors to come together in camaraderie with fellow competitors and take pride in each other’s abilities and accomplishments. As a result, The Good Hands Finals offers exhibitors the unique opportunity to highlight their equestrian abilities with their equine companion and make friends in the industry. It is the goal of the Good Hands Finals committee to make the finals a remarkable and memorable experience for every rider.


The final’s committee includes Sharon Gardner, Megan Dragich, Jessica Moctezuma DeHart and Lindsay Shearman.  The National Horseman Publishing is the Official Sponsor of The Good Hands National Finals.  For more information regarding the final and qualification go to or click the button below.

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