2023 Hanover Fair 08/12/2023 10:00 am EDT 76 Days

We need you!

How can you get involved?

There are many ways to get involved with the HBBAS and the Hanover Fair.

Here are some volunteer job descriptions to help you find the right fit!


Fair Volunteer Positions - Help out at the Fair!

There are lots of ways to help out with our Fair, from spending just a couple of hours in the Exhibit Hall or the Children’s Tent, to becoming a member of our Fair Committee and helping with the planning and preparation throughout the year.


Fair Volunteer Organizational Chart


The following job descriptions may give you an idea of where you would like to start!


Other Volunteer Positions

There are lots of committees at work within our organization. What committee sparks your interest?


Board of Directors - Terms of Reference

To influence the operations of our organization at the Board table, you may want to consider joining our Board of Directors. The Board meets on the Third Wednesday of each month at the Hanover Raceway.

Want to find out more about HBBAS and how you can get involved?

Speak to one of our Board Members or contact our Secretary/Treasurer. 

We’d love to have you join us!

 President  Adam Chalmers
 1st Vice-President Harry Martin
 2nd Vice-President Amanda Peckham
 Directors Natasha Chalmers
Danielle Harvey
Dean Leifso
Jennifer Magwood
Yvonne Magwood
  Tim Mellish
  Gail Murray
  Gail Pletsch
  Ron Seegmiller
Associate Directors Dave Peckham
  Olivia Schlosser
Secretary-Treasurer Doreen Schultz



Come to the Hanover Fair, August 12 and 13, 2023

Homecraft Competitions - Ambassador Competition - Livestock Shows

Heavy Horse Pull - Live Entertainment - FREE Family Fun and Children's Entertainment

Chain Saw Carving Demonstration

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Family night at the Hanover Drive-In - $10.00 per car sponsored by Hanover, Bentinck & Brant Agricultural Society. Come early – games, face painting, lots of family fun!


Thursday, August 10, 2023

6:00pm-9:00pm Homecraft & Junior Exhibitors drop off exhibits and entry forms ~ Exhibit Hall


Friday, August 11, 2023

9:00am-Noon Judging of Homecraft & Junior Exhibits ~ Not open to the public


Saturday, August 12, 2023

10:00am-4:00pm Exhibits open for viewing ~ Exhibit Hall
10:00am-8:00pm Grand River Inflatables - fun for all ages
10:00am-4:00pm FREE Children’s Activities and Agricultural Education in the Children’s Tent ~ Infield
10:00am-6:00pm Chainsaw Carving Demonstration
11:00am-6:00pm Horse Drawn Wagon Rides on Racetrack
10:00am Hanover 4H Sheep  Club Achievement Day ~ Barns south of track
11:30am-1:00am Food Booth by Mama Char's
12:00pm Registration for Horseshoe Tournament ~ Contact Josh Ziegler 519-889-0930  ~ Horseshoe pits south of racetrack
12:30pm Judging of Brown Swiss 4H Show Begins, Open Show at 1:00pm  ~ barns south of track
1:00pm Invitational Youth Sheep Show ~ barns south of track
1:00pm Judging of Jersey Show ~ barns south of track
1:00pm Horseshoe Tournament begins
1:00pm Registration for Pet Show ~ Children’s Tent
1:30pm-1:45pm Pet Show begins
2:00pm-1:00am Beer Garden Open
4:00pm-6:00pm Tug-of-War Competition
6:00pm Crowning of 2023/2024 Ambassadors


Sunday, August 13, 2022

 9:30am-10:30am    Registration for Beef Show
11:00am-3:00pm Grand River Inflatables
11:00am-3:00pm Exhibits open for viewing ~ Exhibit Hall
11:00am-3:00pm Chainsaw Carving Demonstration
11:00am-1:00pm Horse Drawn Wagon Rides on Racetrack
11:00am Judging of Beef Cattle ~ Barns south of racetrack
11:00am Teddy Bear Picnic in the Children’s Tent
11:00am-3:30pm FREE Children’s Activities and Agricultural Education in the Children’s Tent ~ infield
11:30am-3:00pm Food Booth by Mama Char's
12:00pm-3:00pm Beer Garden Open
1:00 pm HeavyHorse Pull ~ on Racetrack in front of Grandstand
2:00pm 4H Supreme Showman
3:00pm Exhibitors ~ Removal of Exhibits from In Exhibit Hall

2023 Fair Book & Class Lists

Download Here!

Printed copies will be available for pickup in May at:

  • Hanover Raceway

  • Hanover P&H Centre

  • Hanover Public Library

  • Midwest Co-Op Hanover



Individual Class Lists and Entry Forms

Homecraft Class List includes:

Class F Roots, Fruits & Vegetables

Class G Flowers

Class H Culinary Arts

Class I Home Canning

Class J Home Crafts

Class K Developmentally Challenged

Class L Antiques

Class M The Young at Heart

Class N Woodworking


Junior Prize List includes:

Class 4 Junior Vegetables

Class 5 Junior Flowers, Plants & Arrangements

Class 6 Toddler

Class 7 Preschool

Class 8 Kindergarten

Class 9 Grades 1 & 2

Class 10 Grades 3 & 4

Class 11 Grades 5 & 6

Class 12 Grades 7 & 8

Class 13 OAAS Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition

Class 14 Amateur Photography Grades JK to 3

Class 15 Amateur Photography Grades 4 to 8

Class 16 Junior Specials

Class 17 High School Grades 9 to 12


Livestock Competitions


All exhibitors will be required to sign a Liability Waiver before entering any livestock competitions. The waiver will be included on the back of the entry forms. We encourage you to view the waiver prior to fair weekend for your information.


Jersey Entry Form - coming soon


Brown Swiss Entry Form - coming soon


Beef Entry Form - coming soon





Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show Entry Form - coming soon


Online Dressage Show

Hanover Fair 2023 Virtual Dressage Show

We are excited to offer you the opportunity of taking part in our Virtual Dressage Show once again this year! All classes will be Open with no age restrictions.

Again, we aim for this to be fun and educational as we try to keep the equestrian community engaged in our local fair. Feedback is welcome for future virtual and live shows and classes. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions and we will try our best to navigate through this together!

Contact: hff.horseshow@gmail.com 

Judge: TBA


The Hanover, Bentinck & Brant Agricultural Society and its horse show affiliates accept no liability for loss, accident, damage, injury, or illness to horses, riders, owners, or spectators or any person or property whatsoever.


Equestrian Canada rules to be used as a guideline:

Registration and Payment: THIS IS A PRE-REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAID EVENT. Payment will be required by July 30, 2023 to complete your entry (before is encouraged, first come first serve, entries may be limited).

Virtual Class Information:

Video Submission Deadline: July 30, 2023 (before is encouraged)

  • Results to be posted online during the Fair
  • Winners (top 3 pinned) will have their video links posted online
  • Judge’s feedback and test card will be provided to each competitor

Please fill out the registration form and email to: hff.horseshow@gmail.com


Riders may enter multiple classes.

Admin fee and show number apply to each horse/rider combination.

Entrants in Class 1&2 may not enter any other class.

Space may be limited per class; the horse show committee reserves the right to place riders on a reserve list should number of entries warrant.

The horse show committee also reserves the right to cancel or combine any classes with less than 3 entrants.

All entries will be confirmed via email when registration forms are received.

Gaited and Western Dressage entries welcome for Class 6.

Payment by Etransfer to: payments@hanoverfair.ca


ALL classes are OPEN and eligible for ALL ages

Class Entry Fee: $15.00 per test

Admin Fee: $5.00 per horse/rider combination

Prizes: Ribbons to third place for each class

              1st - $30.00, 2nd - $25.00, 3rd - $20.00.

Class List:

To download your test and review the rules, please see the posted PDF link or visit cadora.ca


Class Number







Leadline Walk Test




Leadline Walk/Trot Test




Walk/Trot CADORA Test A




Training CADORA Test A




First Level CADORA Test A




Test of Choice


Test must be declared at time of pre-registration


Filming Instructions and Video Guidelines

New* The video MUST clearly have the entrants state their name and that the test was filmed for the Hanover Fair Virtual Dressage Show . If this is not included, you will be asked to resubmit if time permits; if not, you will be disqualified.

*can be rider or handler for lead-line

*must not be edited audio

Ex: say “(Your Name) riding (Horse’s Name) for the Hanover Fair Virtual Dressage Show” at the end of your ride before exiting the ring


A good quality video will allow the judge to score and comment on your test accurately and appropriately.

  • Video must be continuous with no stops, edits or cuts
  • “Helmet to hoof” must be included in the frame AT ALL TIMES along with the relevant letters for the movement
  • A formal dressage ring is not required however a properly measured area (20m x 40m) will be marked with either actual dressage letters or pylons to indicate the four corners and eight letters
  • Provide adequate space around the perimeter of your dressage area for your horse to travel
  • The camera position will be stationary, located outside the ring, @C (considerations: slight elevation and distance back from ring)
  • Use of a tripod is encouraged
  • Zooming and panning are permitted provided “helmet to hoof” remains in the frame at all times
  • Begin filming at least 10 seconds prior to start of test
  • Continue filming at least 10 seconds after your final halt/salute as you exit the ring
    • The rider (or handler) must state the rider’s name and the show name (Hanover Fall Fair Virtual Dressage Show) on film after the completion of their test
  • Limit distractions including children, dogs, and excessive noise (exception: tests being called)
  • Natural outdoor light is preferred 

Failure to meet these requirements could result in insufficient quality to judge the video and therefore lead to disqualification

Note*: please be mindful of your settings if using PIXEO, PIVO or other auto-filming devices! The relevant dressage letters to the movement need to be visible (ie: when halted at X, B and E should be in frame)


Attire and Tack

Properly fitted helmet and boots with a heel

Show turn out is encouraged

Horses legs to be unobstructed - no boots or wraps

Equestrian Canada rules to apply to tack (bits) and artificial aids

The Lead-line Handler must be over 18 and suitably turned out, wearing proper, closed toe footwear with a heel

  • A single lead line will be connected to the noseband of the bridle or a closely fitted halter positioned under the bridle. THE LEAD LINE WILL NOT BE CONNECTED TO THE BIT.


Instructions for Video Submission:

Videos to be uploaded to YouTube with the link sent to us via email at hff.horseshow@gmail.com 

Registration confirmation will be sent via email and further instructions including competitor number and video title will be provided.


We look forward to your entries!!! Let's have some fun!!!