Find upcoming multi-disciplinary equestrian events and horse-related highlights in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas. Posts include pertinent details for participants and spectators. Bookmark this page, and check back often!
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,
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
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.