February 1-7, 2016 - Horse highlights

Equestrians across the Upper Midwest welcome February with lots of horse happenings from Monday, February 1, through Sunday, February 7. Top picks for the week include annual awards banquets, barrel races, equestrian training clinics and workshops, horse group socials, open shows, rodeos and bull riding competitions, tack sales and swaps, trail obstacle challenges, and more.

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Monday, February 1

Baby Rider and Me Workshop – at First Class Horse Complex, Bristol, Wisconsin
Interactive Rider Workshop – at First Class Horse Complex, Bristol, Wisconsin
Special Work Horse and Driving Horse Sale – at Kalona Sales Barn, Kalona, Iowa

Tuesday, February 2

No public equestrian events reported.

Wednesday, February 3

River Trail Riders Saddle Club Annual Meeting – at Pizza Ranch, Wadena, Minnesota

February 4-7

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

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

Thursday, February 4

No public equestrian events reported.

February 5-6

Big Time Bull Riding – at Five Flags Center, Dubuque, Iowa
Bullriders of America 20th Anniversary and 2015 Finals – at Ottumwa Bridge View Center, Ottumwa, Iowa
Professional Championship Bull Riders World Tour Finale X – at Sears Center Arena, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
World’s Toughest Rodeo – at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

February 5-7

AQHA Shows – at Gordyville USA, Giffords, Illinois

Friday, February 5

Alternative Ways to Reduce Your Horse’s Stress Workshop – at First Class Horse Complex, Bristol, Wisconsin
Turnout: Safe, Sound and Appropriate – at Ethel Everhard Public Library, Westfield, Wisconsin

February 6-7

12th Annual Bulls, Barrels and Broncs – at R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota
2015-2016 Barrel Challenge Series – at Chism Trail Ranch, Merrill, Wisconsin
Great Lakes Distance Riding Association Annual Banquet / Meeting – at Doherty Hotel, Clare, Michigan
Midwest Winter Challenge Open Show – at Iowa Equestrian Center/Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Two-Day Obstacle Clinic with Kim and Danielle Crooks – at Crystal Creek Ranch, Montello, Wisconsin

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, February 6

2016 Winter Speed Series – at Smokin’ W Ranch, Columbus, Michigan
Building Confidence in the Equestrian / Mastering Saddling Clinic with Sheri Roberson – at R Horse Farm, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
Carver County 4-H Tack Sale – at Carver County Public Works Building, Cologne, Minnesota
Equestrian Connection’s Wine, Spirits and Chocolate Tasting Fund Raiser – at The Grove Country Club, Long Grove, Illinois
Exploring the Equine Hoof with Ida Hammer – at Congerville, Illinois
Game Show – at Hi Circle Vee, Isanti, Minnesota
Hennepin Hoofbeats Tack Swap – at Independence City Hall, Independence, Minnesota
Indoor Arena Trail Obstacle Challenge – at Second Chance Ranch, Des Moines, Iowa
Lunging the Rider Workshop – at First Class Horse Complex, Bristol, Wisconsin
Merrill Riders Club Awards Dinner – at Willow Springs Gardens, Wausau, Wisconsin
Mid-America Horse Show Association Annual Awards Banquet – at Hilton Hotel, Lisle, Illinois 
North Run Farm Hunter Schooling Show – at North Run Farm, Delano, Minnesota
NWDA Annual Awards Banquet and Silent Auction – at Blackwoods Banquet Center, Proctor, Minnesota
Phanie’s Birthday / UBRA Open Barrel Race – at Double F Arena, Hinckley, Minnesota
Tri-State Saddle Club Annual Awards and Membership Banquet – at Knights of Columbus Hall, Dubuque, Iowa
Working Equitation Clinic with Howard and Erica Peet – at Sunflower Farms, Bristol, Wisconsin
WQHA Year End Award Banquet – at Holiday Inn and Convention Center, Fond du Lac, 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, February 7

Beginner Hoof Trimming Class with Ida Hammer – at Congerville, Illinois
Dunn County 4-H Youth Horse Project Tack Swap and More – at Veterans Center, Menomonie, Wisconsin
Monthly Tack and All Breed Horse Sale – at Jackson Livestock Company, Jackson, Minnesota
Trade Days – at Green River Saddle Club, Amboy, Illinois
Valentine’s Day at the Ranch – at Meadowsweet Ranch, Spring Grove, Illinois
Waukesha County 4-H Horse Association Tack Sale – at Waukesha County Expo, Waukesha, Wisconsin
WQHA Board Meeting – at Holiday Inn and Convention Center, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

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

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