March 7-13, 2016 - Horse highlights

Equestrian events are ramping up across the Upper Midwest, as mid-March brings tons of training and competition opportunities for horse lovers. Popular options for the week from Monday, March 7, through Sunday, March 14, include cow horse events, equine breed shows, fun shows, rodeos, speed events, tack swaps and tack sales, training clinics, and more. The Michigan Horse Expo runs from March 11 to 13.

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Monday, March 7

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

Tuesday, March 8

All Breed Horse Sale - at Simon Horse Company, Randolph, Minnesota
Natural Horsemanship Group Sessions – at Chism Trail Ranch, Merrill, Wisconsin
Ranch Horse Clinic with David Dewell - at Salem Ranch / Salem 4 Youth,  Flanagan, Illinois
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.

Wednesday, March 9

Lake County Mounted Posse Open House at Tacos el Norte in Gurnee, Illinois

March 10-12

Burlington Snowbull Rodeo – at Burlington, Iowa

March 10-13

Ledges Winter Series – at Ledges Sporting Horses, Roscoe, Illinois
Thesing QH Show – at Minnesota Equestrian Center, Winona, Minnesota

Thursday, March 10

NBHA 01 Meat Raffle – at Hardtails Saloon, Hortonville, Wisconsin
Thursday Night Barrel Race and Pole Bending – at Oasis Equestrian Center, Lindstrom, Minnesota

March 11-12

Horse Health and Hoof Care Workshop – at the Great Dane Pub and Brewing Company, Fitchburg, Wisconsin

March 11-13

Michigan Horse Expo – at MSU Livestock Pavilion, Lansing, Michigan

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.

Friday, March 11

Cattle Sorting Practice – at Chism Trail Ranch, Merrill, Wisconsin

March 12-13

Dressage Clinic with Barry Fript – at Galloping Grove Ranch, Union Grove, Wisconsin
Dressage Clinic with George Williams – at Tempel Farms, Old Mill Creek, Illinois
Dressage Clinic with Heather Wilson-Roller - at Rivendell Farm, Sparta, Wisconsin
Exploring Self-Carriage: What is it Really? With Deborah Bowerman-Davies – at Meadowsweet Ranch, Spring Grove, Illinois
March Confidence Clinic / Bridle Up with Dennis Auslam – at Morton, Minnesota
Midwest Winter Challenge Open Show – at Iowa Equestrian Center/Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Orchard Ranger Saddle Club Tack Swap – at Riverview Elementary School, Farmington, Minnesota
Studious Horse Clinic with Jill Worman and Sue Leep – at Brighton Farm, Antioch, Illinois
WSCA (Western Saddle Clubs Association) Pleasure and Game Show Buckle Series– at R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota

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, March 12

2016 Winter Speed Series – at Smokin’ W Ranch, Columbus, Michigan
Barrel Racing and Horsemanship Clinic with Colleen Vondra – at Winners Sircle Stables, Union Grove, Wisconsin
Bridget Smiles Clinic – at Timber Creek Stables, Bloomington, Illinois
Cans and Steers - at Solway, Minnesota
Fond du Lac County 4-H Horse and Pony Project Annual Spring Tack Swap – at Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Gaining Success in Your Horse Business Workshop – at Schmeekle Reserve Visitor Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
HAHS Tack and Craft Sale – at Hooved Animal Humane Society, Woodstock, Illinois
Hoof Wear Patterns with Foot Fall Interpretation Class – at Showmaker Barn, Vienna, Illinois
Hunters Glen Farms Spring Fling Fun Show – at Des Moines, Iowa
Lamoine Tails Saddle Club Horse and Tack Sale – at Lowderman Auction Company, Macomb, Illinois Marawood County Line Riders 4-H Tack Swap – at Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Marshfield, Wisconsin
NAWD Trail Clinic by Double Lane Horsemanship – at Western Trails Equestrian Center, West Bend, Wisconsin
NEWDA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet – at Breaking Bread Banquet Hall, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
NISWTRA 2016 Spring Dance – at Route 26 Bar and Grill, Freeport, Illinois

North Central Reining Horse Youth Association Tack Swap – at American Legion, River Falls, Wisconsin
North Run Farm Dressage Schooling Show – at North Run Farm, Delano, Minnesota
Sublime Saddlebreds Spring Camp – at Brandon, Wisconsin
Team Penning – at Brooks Arena, Sparta, Wisconsin
WHJA Grooming and Stable Care Clinic – at Cedar Creek Equestrian Center, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Winter 2015/2016 Roping – at Chase Valley Ranch, DeKalb, Illinois
Working Equitation Mini Clinic with Howard and Erica Peet – at Karmik Acres, Woodstock, Illinois
WSCA Pleasure and Game Show – at R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota
WWHA March Membership Meeting with Speaker Megan Dischler – at Hi-Way Harry’s Restaurant, Johnson Creek, Wisconsin

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

Sunday, March 13

Daylight Savings Time

2nd Annual Spring Tack Swap and Open Arena – at Runnin 3 Ranch, Rockford, Illinois
March Madness Fun Show - at Lakefield Farm, Grafton, Wisconsin
Marathon County 4-H Horsemasters Tack Swap – at John Muir Middle School, Wausau, Wisconsin
Palmyra Community Tack Sale / Equine Massage Clinic and Demo / Thermal Imaging Clinic and Demo – at Carlin Ranch, Palmyra, Wisconsin
Ranch Sorting – at Brooks Arena, Sparta, Wisconsin
River Run Pony Club Ride Right Clinic – at Heartland Equestrian Center, Custer, Wisconsin
Tack Swap – at Monroe County Fairgrounds, Waterloo, Illinois

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