Monday

Note to readers: You can lead a horse to water …

Mane Dates: Horsing Around in the Upper Midwest is halting posts.


This site, created in 2012 and operated as a free courtesy to the Upper Midwest equestrian community, is going offline indefinitely, effective July 31, 2016.

Gathering and compiling upcoming event information from innumerable barns and equestrian facilities, equine breed and discipline groups, clinicians and horse trainers, expo organizers, trail riding groups, horse and pony clubs, and other related entities requires a level of time commitment that is difficult to sustain.  


Recent professional developments have made this effort unrealistic for me at this juncture, particularly in light of the lack of a minimal amount of page interaction by those the site promotes. Readership has been steady, but largely not by those publicized here (with a few excellent exceptions). Equestrian event hosts and organizers whose horse happenings are promoted by the site have not demonstrated, for the most part, a level of firsthand participation with Mane Dates to warrant my ongoing investment in providing it.

Also, a recent (and very brief) survey yielded an abysmally low amount of responses, especially considering that this site has promoted horse events from well over 1,000 equestrian centers and other venues, as well as several hundred event-producing equine professionals and leaders. (The 12-question bullet-point survey was widely available, posted in several online groups.)

Clearly, it is time to focus my time and efforts elsewhere.

Those promoting future horse shows, training clinics, tack swaps, and other horse highlights may wish to join and post flyers or show bills in this Facebook group.

Also, I authored a book to offer several practical pointers for promoting equestrian events. Titled 25 Top Tips for Promoting Your Equestrian Event: Get the Herd Out, this book is available (via this Amazon.com link) or from major booksellers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.). Readers can also find it by clicking the book cover image in the right-hand sidebar of this page. I wrote this book to help the equestrian community, after receiving several inquiries for how-to’s and related advice on such publicity. I hope this will be continue to be helpful to many who hold horse happenings.


Best wishes to all my readers, as you follow your equestrian and other pursuits.

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July 25-31, 2016- Horse highlights




Upper Midwest equestrians tack up for tons of horse shows, training clinics, and other midsummer equine attractions for the final week of July.


This roster, though perhaps not exhaustive, includes as many Upper Midwestern horse highlights as possible for the specified period.


July 25-26

Lake Effect American Polocrosse Association Tournament – at Wild Wind Farm, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Monday, July 25

No public equestrian events have been reported for this date.

Tuesday, July 26

Coulee Region Riders Club Gymkhana – at Holmen, Wisconsin
Le Aqua Na Riders Saddle Club Tuesday Morning Trail Ride – at Lake-Le-Aqua-Na State Park, Lena, Illinois
Open Lesson Day – at Kuenzi Equestrian Events, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Wednesday, July 27

Bucking Cutter Barrel Series – at Ukkestad Arena, Rushford, Minnesota
Great Frontier Bull Riding – at Anoka County Fair, Anoka, Minnesota
Professional Bulls-n-Barrels – at Plymouth County Fair, Le Mars, Iowa
Tempel Lipizzans Performance – at Tempel Farms, Old Mill Creek, Illinois
UBRA/PEWC Wednesday Night Barrel Series – at Outbuck Ranch, Sheldon, Wisconsin

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July 28-29

Dune Riders Pony Club Summer Camp with Tori Johnson – at Wild Wind Farm, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

July 28-31

Northstar Morgan Americana – at Simon Arena, Cannon Falls, Minnesota

Thursday, July 28

Amber’s Birthday/Thursday Night Barrel Race and Pole Bending – at Oasis Equestrian Center, Lindstrom, Minnesota
Great Frontier Bull Riding – at Olmsted County Fair, Rochester, Minnesota
Traditional Summer Gymkhana – at Red Ridge Ranch, Mauston, Wisconsin

July 29-31

DRAW Bonecrusher Ride – at Palmyra, Wisconsin
IBRA Pre-Show and State Finals – at Showtime Arena, Deerfield, Wisconsin
Mid-American Signature Horse Show – Ledges Sporting Horses, Roscoe, Illinois
Mini/Shetland Double SS Show – at Ellsworth Equestrian Center, Iowa Falls, Iowa
Minnesota Paint Horse Association Show – at Minnesota Equestrian Center, Winona, Minnesota
NIHJA Show with Hunter Derby – at Fields and Fences Equestrian Center, Gurnee, Illinois
Silverwood Dressage – at Silverwood Farm, Camp Lake, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association Show – at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Jefferson, Wisconsin

Equestrian event hosts and organizers: Please check existing weeks’ posts (corresponding to your events) before requesting your horse happening is added. It may already be listed on the site.)

Friday, July 29

Dressage Clinic with Sara Schmitt – at TopLine Equestrian Center, Hampshire, Illinois
Friday Night Lights WSCA Game Show – at St. Croix Riders Saddle Club Grounds, Baldwin, Wisconsin
I Need Therapy Barrel Racing Series – at Northwest Saddle Club, North Branch, Minnesota

July 30-31

Allison Springer Eventing Clinic – at North Brook Eventing Center, Stillwater, Minnesota
Bonecrusher Ride – at Palmyra, Wisconsin
Equine Trail Sport Competition – at Sunflower Farms, Bristol, Wisconsin
Freestyle and Liberty Clinic – at C4 Horsemanship Learning Center, Hampton, Iowa
IDCTA Eventing Clinic with Nikki Jewell and Heather McCarthy – at Don Bar Farm, Wadsworth, Illinois
Iowa POA Club Show – at Iowa Equestrian Center/Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jon Holling Clinic – at Versailles Equestrian, Virgil, Illinois
Mounted Justice Eau Claire County Fair I and II – at Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Otter Creek Dressage Fest – at Otter Creek Farm, Wheeler, Wisconsin
Parelli Level 3/Level 4 Workshop with Heart and Desire Horsemanship – at LilliCrest Farm, Osseo, Wisconsin
Two-Day Working Equitation Clinic with Dee Janelle – at KarMik Acres, Woodstock, Illinois

As always, equestrians, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers, and other attendees are urged to contact event hosts or organizers directly for show bills, flyers, or additional information. Many of these equestrian events require advance sign-ups.

Saturday, July 30

2016 Kenosha County 4-H Open Payback Speed Series – at Kenosha County Fairgrounds, Wilmot, Wisconsin
Beginner Eventing Clinic with Nicki Butler – at Stoney Acres Equestrian Center, Portage, Wisconsin
Cow Working Workshop with Steve Lundean – at Dawson’s Creek Ranch, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Cuttin Jackpot / Sorting Practice and Jackpot – at Racine, Minnesota
DLH Jackpot Trail and Workshop – at Western Trails Equestrian Center, West Bend, Wisconsin
Junior Horse and Pony Fun Show – at Walworth County Fairgrounds, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Lake County Mounted Posse Open Horse Show – at Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, Illinois
Open Benefit Horse Show for the Darkhorse Lodge – at Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica, Illinois
Team Roping – at Simon Arena, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Wisconsin Appaloosa Horse Club Summer Spots/All Breeds Open Show – at Marshfield, Wisconsin
WSCA/DFA Buckle Series Show – at Dirt Floor Arena, Proctor, Minnesota
WWHA Memorial Showcase – at West 20 Ranch and Saddle Company, East Troy, Wisconsin
XC Clinic with Kelly Mahlock – at Sundance Farm, Plymouth, Wisconsin

Late changes or cancellations are always a possibility with equestrian events. Auditors, horse owners, riders, trainers, volunteers, vendors, spectators, and others are wise to double-check Upper Midwest horse happening details before going.

Sunday, July 31

National Mutt Day (also December 2)

2nd Annual Polk County Ranch Horse Show – at St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
Badger Horse Show Association Show – at Rusty B Arena, Westfield, Wisconsin
IDCTA Dressage and CT – at Sunset Ridge, Caledonia, Illinois
IDCTA Mini Event and CT – at Geneva Equestrian, Lake Geneva, Illinois
Illinois Boots and Saddle Club Jackpot Show – at Alton, Illinois
Polk County Ranch Horse Show – at St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
Tempel Lipizzans Performance – at Tempel Farms, Old Mill Creek, Illinois

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July 18-24, 2016- Horse highlights




July’s third full week teems with exciting equestrian events in the Upper Midwest.

Continuing through July 23

2016 ARHA World Championship Show – at C Bar C Expo Center, Cloverdale, Indiana


This roster, though perhaps not exhaustive, includes as many Upper Midwestern horse highlights as possible for the specified period.

Monday, July 18

No public equestrian events have been reported for this date.

Tuesday, July 19

5th Annual Summer Barrel Racing Series – at Winners Sircle Stables, Union Grove, Wisconsin
Beaver Creek Saddle and Bridle Club Twilight Classic Pleasure Show – at Oostburg, Wisconsin
Big Bang Summer Sizzler Barrel Series – at Freeborn County Fairgrounds, Albert Lea, Minnesota
Le Aqua Na Riders Saddle Club Tuesday Morning Trail Ride – at Lake-Le-Aqua-Na State Park, Lena, Illinois
Open Lesson Day – at Kuenzi Equestrian Events, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Sweet Summertime Derby on the Field – at Seoul Creek Farm, West Bend, Wisconsin

July 20-23

USPC Lake Shore Region D Jamboree – at Ulao Meadows, Grafton, Wisconsin

July 20-24

Showplace Summertime II – at Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Illinois

Wednesday, July 20

Ranch Rodeo with Birch Coulee Arena – at Pope County Fair, Glenwood, Minnesota
Riding Obstacles, Position and Basic with Tracy Porter – at The Farm, Milton, Wisconsin
Tempel Lipizzans Performance – at Tempel Farms, Old Mill Creek, Illinois
Tri-City RC 2016 Gymkhana – at Tri-City Riding Club, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Tri-State SC Summer Buckle Series – at Tri-State Saddle Club, Dubuque, Iowa

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July 21-23

Open Ride Weekend – at Big Valley Ranch, Avoca, Wisconsin

July 21-24

Liberty Classic AQHA Shows – at Marshfield, Wisconsin
Minnesota Challenge Barrel Race / Speed Horse Expo – at Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, Minnesota
Percheron Horse Association of America Youth/Novice Congress – at Dane County Fairgrounds, Madison, Wisconsin

Thursday, July 21

Extreme Obstacle Challenge – at The Farm, Milton, Wisconsin
Traditional Summer Gymkhana – at Red Ridge Ranch, Mauston, Wisconsin
Wazee Riders Show – at Black River Falls, Wisconsin

July 22-23

JJ Tate Dressage Clinic – at Wild Rose Farm, Walworth, Wisconsin
Sorensen Park Dressage July I – at Sorensen Equestrian Park, East Troy, Wisconsin

Equestrian event hosts and organizers: Please check existing weeks’ posts (corresponding to your events) before requesting your horse happening is added. It may already be listed on the site.)

July 22-24

Baroque Horse of the Midwest Spring Show – at Walworth County Fairgrounds, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Cowboy Dressage Clinic with Eitan Beth Halachmy – at Dan Lynch Farms, Cross Plains, Wisconsin
Crystal Creek Ranch Three Day Drill Clinic with Kim and Danielle Crooks – at Big Valley Ranch, Avoca, Wisconsin
Showplace “B” Series – at Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Illinois
Sweet Summertime Take II – at Seoul Creek Farm, West Bend, Wisconsin

July 22-31

AQHA Shows July Run – at R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota

Friday, July 22

3 Barrels 2 Hearts – at St. Croix County Fairgrounds, Glenwood City, Wisconsin
Building Effective Family Communication Using Horses – at Eagle’s Wings Equine Center, Kirkland, Illinois
Bulls and Barrels – at Central Burnett County Fair, Webster, Wisconsin
Championship Bulls-n-Barrels – at Barron County Fair, Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Friday Night Show – at Pekin Riding Club, Pekin, Illinois
Great Northern Bull Riding – at Rice County Fair, Faribault, Minnesota
Summer Mini Fun Show Series – at OATs Rescue, Isanti, Minnesota

As always, equestrians, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers, and other attendees are urged to contact event hosts or organizers directly for show bills, flyers, or additional information. Many of these equestrian events require advance sign-ups.

July 23-24

1st Annual Summer Classic Team Roping – at Cross My Heart Ranch, Chetek, Wisconsin
4-H Horse Show – at Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
4K Plus Summer Series and Kids Event – at 4K Plus Arena, Viola, Illinois
Cowboy Dressage Clinic with Eitan Beth Halachmy – at Dan Lynch Farms, Cross Plains, Wisconsin
Deerpath Hunter Jumper Show – at Deerpath Stables, Conover, Wisconsin
Grinnell Saddle Club Open Horse Show – at Iowa Equestrian Center/Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Heart of Fun Horse Show – at Heart of Illinois Arena, Peoria, Illinois
Iowa Associated Saddle Club – at Fort Dodge, Iowa
Minnesota North Star Paint Horse Club Show – at Double F Arena, Hinckley, Minnesota
Silverwood Summer Horse Trials – at Silverwood Farm, Camp Lake, Wisconsin
USEF/USDF Dressage at WEC I and II / Double Show – at Wisconsin Equestrian Center, DePere, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Paint Horse Club Show – at Jefferson County Fair Park, Jefferson, Wisconsin

Saturday, July 23


Circle T Saddle Club Fun Show – at Circle T Saddle Club, Thorp, Wisconsin
Fundamentals of Natural Horsemanship – at Jester park Equestrian Center, Granger, Iowa
Horsin for Fun 4D Barrel Race – at Central Iowa Fairgrounds, Marshalltown, Iowa
Iron Works Summer Series Horse Show – at Iron Horse Polo Stables, Sussex, Wisconsin
Mane Event Ride 2016 / Caledonia Conservancy – at Neubauer Farm, Racine, Wisconsin
Open Horse Show / Illinois State Buckskin Association– at Stagecoach Pass Farm, Durand, Illinois
Professional Bulls-n-Barrels – at Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon, Iowa
Riding Obstacles, Position and Basics Clinic with Tracy Porter – at The Farm, Milton, Wisconsin
Star Light Equine Assisted Coaching Summer Blast Fundraiser – at Rising Star Stables, Valders, Wisconsin
St. George’s Equestrian Center Dressage Schooling Show – at St. George’s Equestrian Center, Stillwater, Minnesota
Wisconsin Appaloosa Horse Club Team Tournament Extravaganza – at Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Working Equitation Practice Day – at Karmik Acres, Woodstock, Illinois

Late changes or cancellations are always a possibility with equestrian events. Auditors, horse owners, riders, trainers, volunteers, vendors, spectators, and others are wise to double-check Upper Midwest horse happening details before going.

Sunday, July 24

County Mounties Open Hunter/Jumper and Dressage Show – at Sheboygan County Fairgrounds, Plymouth, Wisconsin
Extreme Obstacle Challenge with Tracy Porter – at The Farm, Milton, Wisconsin
Pepin Trailblazers Fair Show and Trail Ride – at Arkansaw, Wisconsin
IDCTA Dressage and CT – at Hannaberry Farm, Crete, Illinois
2016 Kenosha County 4-H Open Pleasure Series (rain date/rescheduled from May 15) – at Kenosha County Fairgrounds, Wilmot, Wisconsin
Lake Effect Polocrosse Skills Camp with Dori Johnson – at Wild Wind Farm, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Open Fun Speed Show / Saddle Up and Run for St. Jude Fundraiser – at Circle L Arena, Merrill, Wisconsin
PTS Open Hunter/Jumper Show – at Fields and Fences Equestrian Center, Gurnee, Illinois
Ride Right Pressure Proof Lessons – at Kuenzi Equestrian Events, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Tack Sale – at Mighty Mare Meadows, Janesville, Wisconsin
Tempel Lipizzans Performance – at Tempel Farms, Old Mill Creek, Illinois
Veteran’s Picnic – at Stepping Stone Farms, Franksville, Wisconsin

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