The James Kjerstad Event Center is open for horse riding weekly from Monday-Wednesday. Open riding is a chance for people to ride and exercise their horses in the winter months. The arena is open from 8 am to 8 pm. Four hour time slots are set for riders; 8 am-12 pm, 1 pm-4 pm, 4 pm-8 pm. The cost to ride is $20 per person, Central States Fair Members can purchase a 10-punch riding card.
Different activity days are set-up to accommodate different horse events.
Monday: Open Riding
A chance to ride in an open arena.
Tuesday: Team Roping
Team Roping cattle are brought in at 5 pm. An additional stock charge is applied for the use of cattle.
Wednesday: Barrel Racing
Barrels racers can practice and work barrel horses.
The Event Center is open from November 1 to May 1. Open riding is closed on all holidays.
Due to the popularity of the Event Center, we reserve Thursday and Fridays as set-up days
If you have any questions regarding the Open Riding schedule or closures follow us on facebook or call the Central States Fair Office at 605-355-3861.