September 8-13, 2015 - Horse highlights

Post-Labor Day, the Upper Midwest horse show season is still trotting along with tons of equestrian competitions and training opportunities. Horse highlights from Tuesday, September 8, through Sunday, September 13, include the Iowa Fall Classic Saddlebred Horse Show, the Minnesota Pinto September Celebration Show, the Oshkosh Dressage Classic, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic, and the Wisconsin Horse Council (WHC) Championship Challenge Show. Additional top picks included barrel races, breed shows, dressage clinics, fun shows, horse pulls, open shows, tack sales, team roping, trail rides, and more.

Here’s a whopping list of horse highlights for the week. This roster may not be exhaustive, but it is aimed at announcing as many Upper Midwestern equestrian events as possible for the specified period. Riders, exhibitors, volunteers, and other participants are urged to contact event hosts or organizers directly for show bills, flyers, or additional information. Advance sign-ups may be required for many of these equestrian events.

Continuing through September 11

Illinois State Stock Horse Association Annual 100-Mile Ride – at Amboy, Illinois

September 8-13

Showplace Fall “A” Classic – at Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Illinois

Tuesday, September 8

All Breed Horse Tack Sale – at Simon Horse Company, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Open Arena – at Chapman Park, Stanley, Wisconsin
Sherry Wright Barrel Racing and Horsemanship Clinic – at Outbuck Arena, Sheldon, Wisconsin

September 9-12

AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) Breeders Halter Futurity – at Des Moines, Iowa

September 9-14

Midstates Fall “A” Show – at Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Illinois

Wednesday, September 9

No public equestrian events reported.

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Thursday, September 10

6th Annual Minnesota Standardbred Sale at Simon Horse Company, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
UBRA Thursday Night Barrel Race and Pole Bending – at Oasis Equestrian Center, Lindstrom, Minnesota

September 11-13

12th Annual Benefit Barrel Race – at Houck Horse Company, North Branch, Minnesota
22nd Annual Fall Barrel Blitz and Match Race – at Showtime Arena, Deerfield, Wisconsin
Fox Run Farm 10th Annual Rhythm and Ride – at Beloit, Wisconsin
Intermediate Riding Clinic – at Rivendell Farm, Sparta, Wisconsin
Iowa Fall Classic Saddlebred Horse Show  – at Iowa Equestrian Center at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Lilly N on Highway 55 Trail Ride – at Elk Mound, Wisconsin
Minnesota Pinto September Celebration Show – at R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota
Villa Louis Carriage Classic – at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Friday, September 11


Club/N for the Clydesdales Charity Golf Tournament – at Whispering Spring Golf Course, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Gymkhana/Rain Date – Merrill Riders Club, Merrill, Wisconsin
NBHA MN 02/03 Fall Barrel Race / Added Money – at Stoney Ridge Stables, Mankato, Minnesota
Professional Bulls-n-Barrels Tour Finals – at Wadena County Fairgrounds, Wadena, Minnesota
Two-Man Sorting Practice / RSVP Only – at Coyote Creek Ranch, Sigel, Illinois
Team Roping – at 4K Plus Arena, Viola, Illinois

September 12-13

8th Annual Paying It Forward Charity Event – at Tri-State Saddle Club, Dubuque, Iowa
CSDEA (Central States Dressage and Eventing Association) Clinic with Dom Schramm – at Woodloch Stable, Hugo, Minnesota
Dressage Clinic with Julie Julian – at Ivory Hills Stable, Wilson, Wisconsin
Dressage Clinic with Shelly Francis – at Old Barrington Farm, Barrington, Illinois
Golden Valley Riders 2-Day Ride – at Thunderhead Ranch, Brodhead, Wisconsin
Heartland Buckskin Horse Association Show – at Ellsworth Equestrian Center, Iowa Falls, Iowa
Minnesota Arabian Horse Association – at Minnesota Equestrian Center, Winona, Minnesota
MSA Outbuck Riders Single Point Mounted Shooting Event – at Outbuck Riders, Sheldon, Wisconsin
Oshkosh Dressage Classic – at Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Racine County Pony Club Combined Training / Mini Event / Dressage Show – at Racine, Wisconsin
Silverwood Dressage Show and Silverwood NIHJA Show – at Silverwood Farm, Camp Lake, Wisconsin
Tack Sale – at Eau Claire Bit and Saddle Club, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
TLAER (Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue) Awareness – at STARS Barn, Sioux City, Iowa
Triple R Riding Club Fall Trail Ride – at Lily Sno-Birds Club House, Lily, Wisconsin
Wisconsin 4-H Horse Show / Gymkhana – at Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wisconsin
WIS-ILL BDGP (Wisconsin-Illinois Buckskin Dun and Grulla Promoters) ABRA Approved and All Breed Open Show – at Fox Valley Saddle Association, Hampshire, 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.

Saturday, September 12

2015 Schooling Show Series / Traditional, Gaited and Western Dressage – at Sorensen Equestrian Park, East Troy, Wisconsin
3rd Annual Family Forward Fun Fest – at Harmony Horsemanship/At East for Veterans, Deerfield, Wisconsin
3rd Annual Schellter Roundup – at The Schellter Bar and Grill, Freedom, Wisconsin
Bit and Spurs O-Moko-See Show – at Bit and Spurs Arena, Delano, Minnesota
Central Illinois Saddle Club 2015 Fun Show – at Carter Bros. Stables, Springfield, Illinois
Dalles Saddle Club Fun Show – at RNR Ranch and Tack, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
Dressage / CT Show – at Spring Grove Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove, Illinois
Eau Claire Bit and Saddle Club 2015 Fun Show – at Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Evening Performance – at Tempel Lipizzans, Old Mill Creek, Illinois
Family Fun Open Horse Show – at Rimoe Ranch, New Richmond, Wisconsin
Fun Speed Show (DCHA Approved) – at Lazycreek Farm, Juneau, Wisconsin
Grand Rapids FFA Horse Show – at Itasca County Fairgrounds, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
Harvest Horse Festival and Tack Sale – at Dover Stables, Waterford, Wisconsin
Hay Creek Valley Saddle Club Fun Show – at Pierce County Fairgrounds, Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Heartland PMS (Practice Makes Sense) Open Horse Show – at Heartland Stables, Custer, Wisconsin
Hollywood Riders Horse Show – at Carver County Fairgrounds, Waconia, Minnesota
Horse Pull / Barrel Inn Summertime Series – at Deansville, Wisconsin
Horse Pull / Torch’s Neubauer Memorial – at Menomonie, Wisconsin
Introducing the Boulonnias Horse to America / Mounted Light Horse Cavalry Association Annual Fundraiser – at Freedom Stables, Deerfield, Wisconsin
LaSalle County Gaming Show – at 4H Fairgrounds, Ottawa, Illinois
Minnesota Half Arabian Horse Association / WSCA (Western Saddle Clubs Association) and Schooling Show – at Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Northwest Saddle Club (NWSC) All Pleasure and Futurity/Maturity Show – at Northwest Saddle Club Grounds, North Branch, Minnesota
Rainbow Saddle Club Horse Show – at Northfield, Minnesota
Reigning Riders Game Show – at Lake Country Fairgrounds, Two Harbors, Minnesota
Split Rail Saddle Club Horse Show – at Birch Coulee Arena, Morton, Minnesota
Trail Dusters of Hamel Game Show – at Hamel, Minnesota
UBRA (United Barrel Racing Association) Barrel Race – at Jackson County Fairgrounds, Jackson, Minnesota
Wind Riders Classic – at Hawk Meadows Stable, West Bend, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Horse Council (WHC) Championship Challenge Show – at West 20 Ranch and Saddle Company, East Troy, Wisconsin

Inclusion of any events in this listing does not imply endorsement.

Sunday, September 13


81st Annual Dunham Woods Horse Show – at Wayne Equestrian Center, Wayne, Illinois
Fall Fun Show – at Pink Socks Farm, Marengo, Wisconsin
FFYF All Performance Open Show / AQHA Introductory Show – at Francis Field Fairgrounds, New Lenox, Illinois
Horse Pull – at Elmwood Rod and Gun, Elmwood, Wisconsin
IDCTA Dressage/CT Schooling Show – at Fields and Fences Equestrian Center, Wadsworth, Illinois
Menomonee Falls Saddle Club Pleasure Show – at MFSC Grounds, Sussex, Wisconsin
Minnesota Arabian Horse Association Open Pleasure Show – at Washington County Fairgrounds, Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Murray County Horse Association Show – at Slayton, Minnesota
Open Pleasure Horse Show (#4) – at West 20 Ranch and Saddle Company, East Troy, Wisconsin
Pony Tales Refuge and Rehab Inc. 2015 Trainer’s Challenge – at Eau Claire Bit and Spur Club, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Summer Schooling Series Hunter/Jumper Show – at Tower Hill Stables, Hampshire, Illinois
Sunset Saddle Club Open SEMSCA Horse Show – at Freeborn County Fairgrounds, Albert Lea, Minnesota
UBRA (United Barrel Racing Association) Barrels and Poles / Bug Days Barrel Dasah – at Minneota, Minnesota

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