November 30-December 6, 2015 - Horse highlights

Equestrians across the Upper Midwest choose from multiple horse events, as November comes to a close, and December opens. Top picks for the week include breed shows, equestrian socials, open shows, schooling shows, tack sales, training clinics, and more.

Catch this roster of equestrian events across the Upper Midwest from Monday, November 30, through Sunday, December 6. This lineup, though perhaps not exhaustive, includes as many Upper Midwestern horse highlights as possible for the specified period. As always, equestrians, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers, and other attendees do well to contact event hosts or organizers directly for show bills, flyers, or additional information. Many of these equestrian events require advance sign-ups.

Monday, November 30

Cyber Monday

No public equestrian events reported.

Tuesday, December 1

Holiday Party for Friends and Family – at Dover Saddlery, Libertyville, Illinois

Wednesday, December 2

No public equestrian events reported.

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December 3-6 

Ledges Winter Series – at Ledges Sporting Horses, Roscoe, Illinois 

Thursday, December 3

Unbranded Film Screening – at Carmike Cinemas Wynnson, Johnston, Iowa

December 4-5

Horse Crazy 3rd Annual Holiday Market – at Ramada MSP Airport at the Mall, Bloomington, Minnesota

December 4-6

Dominique Barbier French Classical Dressage Clinic – at Jill McCrae Farm, Grayslake, Illinois
West 20 Annual Open House and Presentation of Horses for Sale – at West 20 Ranch and Saddle Company, East Troy, Wisconsin

Friday, December 4

Cattle Work / RSVP Only - at Coyote Creek Ranch, Sigel, 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.

December 5-6

Missy Ransehousen Jumping and Dressage Clinic – at Country View Equestrian Estate, West Bend, Wisconsin
Studious Horse Clinic with Sue Leep and Jill Gross Worman – at Brighton Farm, Antioch, Illinois
Theresa Doherty Horsemanship Clinic – at Kettlebrook Farm, Campbellsport, Wisconsin

Saturday, December 5

Beat the Blues Open Show – at Heartland Stables, Custer, Wisconsin *** CANCELED ***
Christmas Tack and Pony Special – at Central Iowa Exchange, Aplington, Iowa
Equine Core Balancing Clinic with John Stagg – at Plum Lake Dressage, Sayner, Wisconsin
Horse Show / Saddleseat and More – at Meadowood Farm, Brillion, Wisconsin
Robin Moorland Memorial Fall Speed Show - at Black Hawk College, Galva, Illinois 

Tack and Gift Sale – at Quality Farms, Bristol, Wisconsin
UBRA Certified Barrel Racing Winter Series – at High Island Arena, Henderson, Minnesota

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

Sunday, December 6

Holiday Party – at Imanok Farm, Wadsworth, Illinois
Hoof Wear Patterns with Foot Fall Interpretation – at Carbondale, Illinois
Open Hunter/Jumper Show – at Fields and Fences Equestrian Center, Wadsworth, Illinois
RSNC Ranch Sorting - at Brooks Arena, Sparta, Wisconsin
Schooling Show – at Dassenbrook Stable, Elburn, Illinois
Special Christmas Tack and All-Breed Horse Sale – at Jackson Livestock Company, Jackson, Minnesota
Working Equitation Schooling Show – at Diamond Acres, Woodstock, Illinois

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  1. Dec. 5 & 6 Balance Dressage Assoc. is hosting a clinic with Theresa Doherty at Kettle Brook Farm, county rd SS, Campbellsport. First ride is at 9:00am on Saturday including a group session in hand on how to teach your horse baby piaffe steps to develop correct muscling.Sunday starts at 9:30 shorter day.

  2. For more info on Theresa Doherty clinic contact Cindy at ruetten@excel or 920-676-5508


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