SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Mike Kirkton, a native of Morton, has
been named horse show manager for the Illinois State Fair.
Kirkton replaces Jody VanNattan, who held the position for
The new manager attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, Illinois State University and the New Mexico Military Institute. He
was an Army officer from 1983 to 2005 and has worked as CEO and trainer at Top
View Farms Inc. since 2005.
Kirkton serves on the Illinois Horse and Pony Breeders and
Exhibitors Association board of directors and has judged Society Horse Shows
He is a member of many professional associations, including
the American Saddle Horse Association and the U.S. Equestrian Federation.