April 4-10, 2016- Horse highlights

April is up and running, along with the 2016 horse show season. Horse highlights from Monday, April 4, through Sunday, April 10, include training clinics, team penning and roping, tack sales, schooling shows, rodeos, open shows, horsemanship clinics, horse care workshops, equine breed shows, dressage clinics, barrel racing and speed competitions, and more. Also, Equine Affaire runs this week in Ohio.

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

Monday, April 4

Natural Horsemanship Group Sessions – at Chism Trail Ranch, Merrill, Wisconsin

Tuesday, April 5

Horse Owners Workshop – at American Legion, Rushford, Minnesota
Natural Horsemanship Group Sessions – at Chism Trail Ranch, Merrill, Wisconsin

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April 6-8

12th Annual Midwest Select Draft and Driving Horse Sale – at Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Wednesday, April 6

No public equestrian events scheduled.

April 7-10

Equine Affaire Ohio – at Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio
Joe Wolter Horsemanship Clinic – at Karmik Acres, Woodstock, Illinois
Ledges Winter Series – at Ledges Sporting Horses, Roscoe, Illinois

Thursday, April 7

Thursday Night Barrel Race and Pole Bending – at Oasis Equestrian Center, Lindstrom, Minnesota

April 8-9
Juli Lynch Workshop - at Plum Lake Dressage, Sayner, Wisconsin

April 8-10

Crystal Creek Ranch Three-Day Riding Clinic with Kim and Danielle Crooks – at Rivendell Farm, Sparta, Wisconsin
Ground Control and Body Control Under Saddle Clinic with Dan James / Double Dan Horsemanship – at Promise Hill Farm, Elgin, Illinois
IASPHA Saddlebred Show – at Fields and Fences Equestrian Center, Gurnee, Illinois

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Friday, April 8

No public equestrian events scheduled.

April 9-10

2016 Tack Swap - at Olmstead County Fairgrounds, Rochester, Minnesota
Beginners / Intermediate Reining and Body Softening Clinic - at RNR Ranch, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
CSDEA Paul Belaski Clinic – at Leatherdale Equine Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
Dressage Clinic with Tom Noone – at Heritage Stables, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Iowa Paint Horse Club Show – at Iowa Equestrian Center/Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Ellsworth Open Show – at Ellsworth Equestrian Center, Iowa Falls, Iowa
NBHA Barrel Racing – at Minnesota Equine Center, Winona, Minnesota
Parelli Introduction to  and Review of the 7 Games / Playing with Your Horse on the Ground and Riding – at C4 Horsemanship Learning Center, Hampton, Iowa
Ranch Riding with Doug Bogart - at Camp Tapawingo, Metamora, Illinois
Spring Sale and Swap Meet - at Hall Saddlery, Sussex, Wisconsin
WDCTA Janet Foy Dressage Clinic – at Green Meadows Farm, Belleville, Wisconsin
Wellness Weekend - at Diettrich Farm, Salem, Wisconsin
Women Only / Fat, Fear and Fifty Workshop - at II Bit Ranch, Columbus, Wisconsin
WSCA (Western Saddle Clubs Association) Pleasure and Game Show Buckle Series– at R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota

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, April 9

2016 Mane Event / Ribbons and Roses - at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club, West Chicago, Illinois
2016 Mock Ride - at Lake Elmo Park Reserve and Beach, Lake Elmo, Minnesota
April Shootout - at Double Bar A Ranch, Oakfield, Wisconsin
Barrel Racing and Horsemanship Clinic with Colleen Vondra – at Winners Sircle Stables, Union Grove, Wisconsin
Confidence Clinic with Nicole Brickner – at Vinland Stables, Neenah, Wisconsin
CSDEA Spring Used Tack Sale – at Eisenhower Community Center, Hopkins, Minnesota
Equine Core Balancing Workshop with Chiropractor John Stagg – at Plum Lake Equestrian Center, Sayner, Wisconsin
Gymkhana Clinic with Door County 4-H Horse and Pony Project – at Idlewild Farms, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Hoof Wear Patterns with Foot Fall Interpretation with Ida Hammer - at Congerville, Illinois
Horsemanship Clinic with Dan Grunewald – at Sunflower Farms, Bristol, Wisconsin *** CANCELED ***
JPEC Barn Horse Show – at Jester Park Equestrian Center, Granger, Iowa
Milwaukee Bluedef Velocity Tour / Rodeo – at Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mounted Justice Double Bar Shootout – at Oakfield, Wisconsin
Olmsted County 4-H Tack Swap – at Olmsted County Fairgrounds, Rochester, Minnesota
Open House - at Clippety-Clop Riding Center, Austin, Minnesota
Piatt County Trail Blazers Coggins Clinic – at Monticello, Illinois
Ranch Work to Reining Clinic - at M and M Stable and Arena, Greenwood, Wisconsin
Ride-a-Test and Bio-Mechanics Clinic – at Sorensen Equestrian Park, East Troy, Wisconsin
Rimoe Ranch Sorting Series Round Robin – at Rimoe Ranch, New Richmond, Wisconsin
Sheboygan County 4-H Horse and Pony Project Tack and Craft Sale – at Sheboygan County Fairgrounds, Plymouth, Wisconsin
Spring Tack Sale - at Circle L Tack,  Merrill, Wisconsin
Team Penning – at Brooks Arena, Sparta, Wisconsin
Tim Boyer Clinic - at Timber Creek Stables, Bloomington, Illinois
Western Dressage 101 with Cindy Butler – at Royale Ranch, O’Fallon, Illinois
Winter 2015/2016 Roping – at Chase Valley Ranch, DeKalb, 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.

Sunday, April 10

Door/Kewaunee Tack Sale – at Institute Saloon, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Horsemanship: A Judge's Perspective with Sara Gronski - at M and M Stable and Arena, Greenwood, Wisconsin
Horsemanship Clinic / Spring Advanced Riding Clinic with Lynette Weldon – at Lost Creek Ranch, Beldenville, Wisconsin
JPEC Novice Driving Clinic – at Jester Park Equestrian Center, Granger, Iowa
Jump into Spring Schooling Show – at Rein Dance Farm, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Lesson Day with Edie Brogan - at Hickory Grove Farm, Mukwonago, Wisconsin
Novice Driving Clinic - at Jester Park Equestrian Center, Granger, Iowa
Ranch Sorting – at Brooks Arena, Sparta, Wisconsin
Reining Clinic with Mary Leonhart - at Swede Lake Ranch, Osceola, Wisconsin
Spring Horse Buying Clinic – at Stepping Stone Farms, Franksville, Wisconsin
Spring Warm-Up Horse Show – at Cliffwood Farm, Richmond, Illinois
Spring WSCA Pleasure and Game Buckle Series - at R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota
Winter Barrel Blast – at Roelofsen Arena, Belmond, Iowa

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

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