March 28-April 3, 2016 - Horse highlights

The post-Easter week bids April a warm welcome, as Upper Midwest equestrians hop along to all sorts of horse highlights. Top picks between Monday, March 28, and Sunday, April 3, are cowboy dressage, equine breed shows, horse health seminars, horse training clinics, the Iowa Horse Fair, speed events, spring break horse camps, tack sales, the Wisconsin Horse Council Judges Seminar, working equitation, and more.

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March 28-30

Spring Break at the Ranch – at Meadowsweet Ranch, Spring Grove, Illinois
Spring Mini Camp – at Diettrich Farm, Salem, Wisconsin

Monday, March 28

Natural Horsemanship Group Sessions – at Chism Trail Ranch, Merrill, Wisconsin
St. Croix Riders 2016 Kickoff / March Meeting – at Baldwin, Wisconsin

March 29-April 1

Waverly Midwest Horse Sale – at Waverly, Iowa

Tuesday, March 29

Kettle-Lakes Co-Op Horse Owner’s Workshop – at Chissy’s Pub and Grill, Waldo, Wisconsin
Natural Horsemanship Group Sessions – at Chism Trail Ranch, Merrill, Wisconsin
Waverly Midwest Spring Draft Horse Sale – at Waverly, Iowa
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Horses Introductory Class – at Lakefield Farm, Grafton, Wisconsin

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

March 30-April 1

Mid-America Spring Fling – at Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Wednesday, March 30

Emergency Medicine with Kyle Clark, DVM, and Chain o’ Lakes 4-H Club – at University of Illinois Extension Office, Grayslake, Illinois
Spring Break Half-Day Horse Camp – at Meadowood Farm, Brillion, Wisconsin

March 31-April 1

Spring Break at the Ranch – at Meadowsweet Ranch, Spring Grove, Illinois

March 31-April 3

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

Thursday, March 31

Horse Owners Workshop 2016 – at The Hub, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Thursday Night Barrel Race and Pole Bending – at Oasis Equestrian Center, Lindstrom, Minnesota

April 1-3

38th Annual Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo – at Indianapolis, Indiana
4th Annual Colt Starting Challenge – at Iowa State Fairground, Des Moines, Iowa
AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) Shows – at R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota
Arabian Springfest Horse Show – at Gordyville USA, Giffords, Illinois
Iowa Horse Fair – at Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa NBHA Spring Fling Barrel Race – at Iowa Equestrian Center/Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
NCRHA Show – at Minnesota Equestrian Center, Winona, Minnesota

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Friday, April 1

April Fool’s Day

Tack and Miscellaneous Sale – at Trinity Equestrian Center, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Volunteer Recruitment Night – at Chakota Therapeutic Riding Center, Germantown, Illinois

April 2-3

2015-2016 Barrel Challenge Series – at Chism Trail Ranch, Merrill, Wisconsin
IASA Saddlebred Horse Show – at Ellsworth Equestrian Center, Iowa Falls, Iowa
Pilates Clinic for Equestrians with Jennifer Malott Kotylo and Janice Dulak – at Sunflower Farms, Bristol, Wisconsin
Sidney Zacharias Horsemanship Clinic – at Moonlit Meadows Performance Horses, Denmark, Wisconsin
USEF/USDF Dressage Show with in-hand Classes – at Fields and Fences Equestrian Center, Wadsworth, Illinois
Winona Spring Break Show – at Minnesota Equestrian Center, Winona, 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 2

2016 WHA Judges Seminar – at Rawhide Boys Ranch, New London, Wisconsin
2016 Winter Speed Series – at Smokin’ W Ranch, Columbus, Michigan
3rd Annual Lazy Lopers 4-H Tack Sale – at La Crescent Community Arena, La Crescent, Minnesota
AQHA Horsemanship / Equitation / Showmanship Clinic with Stephanie Lynn – at Cornerstone on the Vermillion, Hastings, Minnesota
Briard Private Clinic with Dennis Auslam – at Morton, Minnesota
Circle T Saddle Club Beginner and Advanced Pleasure Clinic – at M&M Stables and Arena, Greenwood, Wisconsin
Cowboy Dressage Challenge Court – at Edgerton, Wisconsin
DRAW Endurance and Competitive Riding Clinic – at Country View Equestrian Estates, West Bend, Wisconsin
Equine Dreams Annual Zumba Glow Party Fundraiser – at Lynn G. Haskin Elementary School, Sandwich, Illinois
Game On / Get Ready for Summer Class – at Circle E Equestrian, Pittsfield, Wisconsin
Horse Show – at Hi Circle Vee, Isanti, Minnesota
Horsemanship Challenge II - at Timber Creek Stables, Bloomington, Illinois
Nose to Tail / Getting to Know the Horse Clinic – at Black Creek, Wisconsin
Piatt County Trailblazers Dinner Dance – at Monticello, Illinois
Pilates for Dressage with Janice Dulak – at Sunflower Farms, Bristol, Wisconsin
Rodeo City Riders Landowner Appreciation / Fun Show Awards party – at Cedar Springs Golf Course, Manawa, Wisconsin
Saddle Fitting Clinic – at UFC Farm Supply, Waconia, Minnesota
Spring Horseman’s Seminar – at Heartland Equestrian Center, Custer, Wisconsin
Timber Creek Horsemanship Challenge – at Timber Creek Stables, Shirley, Illinois
UBRA Certified Barrel Racing Winter Series – at High Island Arena, Henderson, Minnesota
Wisconsin Girls Barrel Racing Association (WGBRA) Spring Tack and Vendor Swap – at Loyal Order of Moose Lodges, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Horse Council Judges Seminar – at Rawhide Boys’ Ranch, New London, Wisconsin
Working Equitation Practice Day – at Karmik Acres, Woodstock, 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 3

Cowboy Dressage Challenge Court – at Edgerton, Wisconsin
NCMA Spring Clinic – at Capall Stables, Lonsdale, Minnesota
NISWTRA Spring Consignment Auction – at Fox Valley Saddle Association, Hampshire, Illinois
Sunborn Stables Dressage and Jumping Show – at Sunborn Stables, Chisago City, Minnesota

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

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