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World champion horses, a hidden gem of Southeast Minnesota

World champion horses in the state's own backyard.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 6:49 AM

ELGIN, Minn. - His stage name is Circus Sideshow, but he is no laughing matter. 

"A four time world champion, three time reserve world champion, he was the 2016 High Point Saddle Type horse at Tulsa at the world championships, he is the 2016-2017 Minnesota Saddle Tpye Pinto High Point as well," Anne Swanson, Barn Manager at Silver Springs Equestrian Center, said. 

18 year old Circus Sideshow goes by Prince at the equestrian facility. 

"He's very playful but very serious when it comes to the show ring," Swanson said.

Anne's dad started the facility in 2010 and since then, Anne said she's seen the industry grow. 

"Rochester really has an active horse community. There's been a large growth in the amount of horses and stables in the Rochester area," she said. 

According to University of Minnesota, there are over 90,000 horses and about 14,000 horse farms in the state making it a $1 billion industry. 

For Anne, Prince is more than a horse, he can also teach a few life lessons. 

"Dream big, never give up. I never thought at 16 I'd be able to take him to the championships. He's proven us all wrong and to go after your dreams," she said. 

Anne encourages people to get to know more horses in the community. 

Prince, along with another horse will be in the Twin Cities April 27 and 28 for the Minnesota Horse Expo at the state fairgrounds. 

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