May 2-8, 2016- Horse highlights

May is rolling in, and horse lovers across the Midwest are loading up and tacking up their mounts for scads of horse shows, competitive speed events, equine workshops, training clinics, and other exciting equestrian events.

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

Monday, May 2

Claire VanderWoude Clinic – at Wild Wind Farm, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Lunging the Rider / Interactive Rider Workshops – at First Class Horse Complex, Bristol, Wisconsin
Monday Horse Sale – at R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota

Tuesday, May 3

Baby Rider and Me Workshop – at First Class Horse Complex, Bristol, Wisconsin
ECC Equestrian Student Show – at Ellsworth Equestrian Center, Iowa Falls, Iowa
Le Aqua Na Riders Saddle Club Tuesday Morning Trail Ride – at Lake-Le-Aqua-Na State Park, Lena, Illinois
Open Lesson Day – at Kuenzi Equestrian Events, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Wednesday, May 4

WillStar Barrel Series – at WillStar Riding Academy, Bemidji, Minnesota

May 5-8

Friends of the American Saddle Horse Spring Show – at St. Paul, Minnesota
Martin Black Clinic – at Karmik Acres, Woodstock, Illinois
Showplace Spring Warm-Up I – at Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Illinois

Thursday, May 5

Thursday Night Barrel Race and Pole Bending – at Oasis Equestrian Center, Lindstrom, Minnesota
Traditional Summer Gymkhana – at Red Ridge Ranch, Mauston, Wisconsin

May 6-7

MAHA Youth Show – at Minnesota Equestrian Center, Winona, Minnesota

May 6-8

Scott Stokes Ranch Horsemanship and Cattle Working Clinic – at Sommers Gate Farms, Vandalia, Illinois
Showplace “B” Series – at Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Illinois
UBRA Go for Broke Barrel Racing – at National Cattle Congress Grounds, Waterloo, Iowa
UBRA Race for the Roses – at Sundby Enterprises/R and J Arena, Verndale, Minnesota

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Friday, May 6

Confidence and Horses: It’s Never Too Late to Learn to Ride as an Adult – at Hart Equine Therapy Center, Auburndale, Wisconsin
Intensified Groundwork / Obstacle Trail Riding Workshops – at First Class Horse Complex, Bristol, Wisconsin
Friday Night Show – at Pekin Riding Club, Pekin, Illinois

May 7-8

2016 Fat Fear and Fifty Clinic II – at II Bit Ranch, Columbus, Wisconsin
Advancing Your Riding Clinic with Tracy Porter – at The Farm, Milton, Wisconsin
Anne Cizadio Dressage Clinic – at Kateri Farm, South Range, Wisconsin
Barrel Racing and Horsemanship Clinic with Colleen Vondra – at Winners Sircle Stables, Union Grove, Wisconsin
Barrel Racing and Pole Bending – at Showtime Arena, Deerfield, Wisconsin
DRAW Kettles and Bits Ride at Horseman’s Park, Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest, New Prospect, Wisconsin
Gaited Riding Clinic / Centered Riding Clinic with Carol O’Donnell Wilson – at Camp Tapawingo, Metamora, Illinois
Iowa AHA and IaDCTA Dressage and Sport Horse Show – at Iowa Equestrian Center/Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Katie Hiller Clinic – at Plum Lake Equestrian Center, Sayner, Wisconsin
Kirsten Nelson Clinic – at Lakefield Farm, Grafton, Wisconsin
Iowa Pony of the Americas Club – at Ellsworth Equestrian Center, Iowa Falls, Iowa
Midwest Classic / Midwest Reining Horse Association Show – at Gordyville USA, Giffords, Illinois
NEWDA Fun with Ground Poles / Yoga for Equestrians – at Evansville, Wisconsin
Spring Fling ApHC Show / Wisconsin Appaloosa Horse Club – at Jackson County Fairgrounds,  Black River Falls, Wisconsin
Team Roping Clinic with Rich Skelton and C4 Cattle Co. – at Preston Arena, Illinois City, Illinois
WApHC (Wisconsin Appaloosa Horse Club) Spring Fling Show – at Jackson County Fairgrounds, Black River Falls, 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.

May 7-9

Jeff Barnes Horsemanship and Cow Working Clinic – at C4 Horsemanship Learning Center, Hampton, Iowa

Saturday, May 7

Kentucky Derby Day

3rd Annual Kalona Spring Driving Horse Sale – at Kalona Sales Barn, Kalona, Iowa
5K Run for the Roses Fun Run/Walk for This Old Horse – at Hastings, Minnesota
Cutting Jackpot and Sorting Practice – at Racine, Minnesota
Double Bit Riders Game Show – at Isanti County Fairgrounds, Cambridge, Minnesota
Dressage Clinic with Tracy Dikkers – at Pine River, Wisconsin
English and Western Performance Show – at Spring Grove Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove, Illinois
Extreme Mustang Makeover Open House – at TMG Stables, Edgerton, Wisconsin
Flying Arrow Saddle Club – at Prairie Rose Arena, Elkhart, Iowa
HAHS Plant Sale Fundraiser – at Hooved Animal Humane Society, Woodstock, Illinois
Illinois Fox Trotter Horse Association Open All Breed Fun Horse Show – at Macon County Fairgrounds, Decatur, Illinois
In-Hand Trail Workshop – at First Class Horse Complex, Bristol, Wisconsin
Kentucky Derby Party – at Hendrik Stables, Kingston, Illinois
Kettles and Bits Ride – at Horseman’s Park, Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest, New Prospect, Wisconsin
No Silver/No Sequins Horse Show – at Manitowoc County Expo Center, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Poker Penning – at Highview Ranch, Le Sueur, Minnesota
Rimoe Ranch Sorting Series Round Robin and Awards Banquet – at Rimoe Ranch, New Richmond, Wisconsin
Roebke’s Run Schooling Show – at Magister Equitum Stables, Hector, Minnesota
Spring Mock Show – at Pink Socks Farm, Marengo, Wisconsin
Spring Warm-Up Fun Show – at Polk County Fairgrounds, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin
Trail Obstacle Clinic with Lynette Weldon – at Lost Creek Ranch, Beldenville, Wisconsin
UWRF 40th Anniversary Colts in Training Sale – at UWRF Campus Lab Farm I, River Falls, Wisconsin
Waukau Flying Mane Club Fuzzy Wuzzy Open Pleasure and Speed Show – at Omro, Wisconsin
Wild Bill’s Riders Saddle Club – at WBR Arena, Elk Mound, Wisconsin
Wolf River Trail Blazers Ride – at North Port, Wisconsin
Working Equitation Fun Day – at Beomor Farm, Oregon, 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, May 8

Mother’s Day

Annual Mother’s Day Horse Show – at Woodside Ranch, Mauston, Wisconsin
Dressage Clinic with Marius Schreiner – at Sunflower Farms, Bristol, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Trail Riders Mother’s Day Ride – at Saw Wee Kee Park, Oswego, Illinois

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

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