September 28-October 4, 2015 - Horse highlights

As September trots off, replaced by October, Upper Midwestern equestrians gallop off to autumn horse shows, tack sales, training clinics, and other equine event attractions. Top picks from Monday, September 28, through Sunday, October 4 include the 1st Annual Western Dressage Symposium, the NIHJA Finals and Hunter Derby, and Unbranded film screenings in various cities. Additional horse highlights in the region are barrel races, breed shows, dressage shows, horsemanship clinics, speed shows, tack sales, trail rides, and more

Check out this week’s long list of horse highlights across the Upper Midwest. This roster, though perhaps not exhaustive, includes as many Upper Midwestern horse highlights as possible for the specified period. Riders, exhibitors, volunteers, and other participants do well to contact event hosts or organizers directly for show bills, flyers, or additional information. Many of these equestrian events may require advance sign-ups.

Monday, September 28


Unbranded showing – at Goodrich Willow Knolls 14, Peoria, Illinois
Unbranded showing – at Marcus Cinema, Gurnee, Illinois

September 29-October 4

Minnesota Harvest “A” Show – at St. Paul, Minnesota

Tuesday, September 29

Open Arena, Chapman Park, Stanley, Wisconsin 
Tuesday Night Jackpots / 2015 Fall-Winter Series – at R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota 
Unbranded showing – at Milwaukee Film Festival, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wednesday, September 30

Unbranded showing – at AMC Eden Prairie Mall 18, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

October 1-4

DRAWARAMA – at Palmyra, Wisconsin
NIHJA Finals and Hunter Derby – at Fields and Fences Equestrian Center, Wadsworth, Illinois

October 1-5

Caroline Lions Colorama Trail Ride – at Caroline, Wisconsin

October 1-25

All-American Quarter Horse Congress – at Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, October 1

No public equestrian events reported.

October 2-3

2-Day Hoof Protection Class with Ida Hammer – at Congerville, Illinois
Super Pull – location TBA

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October 2-4

3-Day Horsemanship Clinic with John Beachel – at Lazy S Stables, Oak Park, Minnesota
Added Money Barrel Race – at Sundby Enterprises / R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota
Brush Poppin Trail Ride at Brush Poppin Ranch, Peterson, Minnesota
Dominique Barbier Symposium on French Classical Dressage – at McCrae Farm, Grayslake, Illinois
Fall Festival Arabian Horse Show – at Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, Minnesota
MQHA (Minnesota Quarter Horse Association) District 4 Show – at Simon Horse Company, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Saddlebred Show – at Minnesota Equestrian Center, Winona, Minnesota
NAWD (North American Western Dressage) Trainers Seminar – at Blacklock Farm, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

October 2-5

1st Annual Western Dressage Symposium – at Blacklock Farm, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

Friday, October 2

No public equestrian events reported.

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.

October 3-4

Foundation Clinic Weekend – at Lost Creek Ranch, Beldenville, Wisconsin
Illinois Paint Horse Association Futurity – at Gordyville USA, Gifford, Illinois
Leslie Law Clinic – at Hunter Oaks Equestrian Center, Carlock, Illinois
Jane Braddock Focused Riding Dressage and Eventing Schooling Show – at Focused Riding Center, Hager City, Wisconsin
Janet Foy / WDCTA (Wisconsin Dressage and Combined Training Association) Southwest Chapter Dressage Clinic – at Green Meadows Farm, Belleville, Wisconsin
Julie Goodnight 2-Day Horsemanship and Riding Clinic – at Sunflower Farms, Bristol, Wisconsin *** CANCELED ***
Midwest Horsemen’s Association Futurity – at Iowa Equestrian Center at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Outlaw Dirt Nap / Chasin' the Smokin' Gun - at Circle K-D Arena, Sycamore, Illinois
RCPC Hunter Pace – at Racine County Pony Club, Racine, Wisconsin
Sorting Practice / RSVP Only - at Coyote Creek Tack and Stables, Sigel, Illinois
WIHA – at Heartland Stables, Custer, Wisconsin

Saturday, October 3

2nd Annual Whistlin’ Bit Open 3D – at Elkader, Iowa
2015 Annual Open House – at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services, Elk River, Minnesota
Chengwatana Riders / Silver Spur Saddle Club Game Show – at Pine County Fairgrounds, Pine City, Minnesota
Elk River Saddle Club Barrel Race – at Princeton, Minnesota
Equine Acupuncture with Taryn Denlinger – at Plum Lake Dressage, Sayner, Wisconsin
Fall Roundup Sale / Horses and Tack – at River Valley Horse Camp, Farmington, Iowa
FFYF Tack Sale – at Francis Field Fairgrounds, New Lenox, Illinois
Horsin' Around in History Fall Festival - at Bit and Spur Saddle Club, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
IBRA Open Horse Show – at Midway Arena, Litchfield, Illinois
Marty’s Barn Party and Fun Fair with Martina McBride – at Equestrian Connection, Lake Forest, Illinois
Silver Bullet Game Show – at Clearwater, Minnesota
Someday Ranch Game Show – at Someday Ranch, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
Sundance Farm Student Show – at Plymouth, Wisconsin
Victory Reins Outdoor Festival of Good Food and Wine – at Victory Reins Therapeutic Riding Program, Peotone, Illinois

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October 4-6

Clinic with Spanish Riding School Bereiter Marius Schreiner – at Rivendell Stables, Lowell, Michigan

October 4-9

75th Anniversary Celebration – at Grayslake Feed, Grayslake, Illinois

Sunday, October 4

2015 Henry County Rough Riders 4H Club Annual Open Fall Fundraiser Horse Show – at Henry County Fairgrounds, Cambridge, Illinois
2015 Yorkville Christian FFA Fun Show – at Sheridan, Illinois
Chilly Ride – at El Paso Bar, Ellsworth, Wisconsin
FVSA 2015 Horse Show Series – at Fox Valley Saddle Association, Hampshire, Illinois
Reins of Life Benefit Dressage Show - at Michigan City, Indiana
Rocking R Farm Schooling Show – at Foley, Minnesota
Town and Country Saddle Club Game Show – at Fergus Falls, Minnesota
UBRA (United Barrel Racing Association) Barrel and Speed Show – at Outbuck Arena, Sheldon, Wisconsin

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