June 27-July 4, 2016 - Horse highlights

The Independence Day holiday weekend is marching in! Upper Midwest equestrians mark the occasion by parading off to tons of horse highlights across the region. Top picks include trail rides, speed competitions, rodeos, open shows, horse pulls, equestrian training clinics, cow horse events, breed shows, barrel races, and other exciting equine events from Monday, June 26, through Monday, July 4.

Ongoing through June 27

WFQHA Aaron Ralston Cattle Work / Horsemanship / Reining Clinics at Jackson County Fairgrounds, Black River Falls, Wisconsin

Ongoing through June 28

Parelli Level 3-4 Clinic with Carol Coppinger – at C4 Horsemanship Learning Center, Hampton, Iowa
UPQHA Summerfest Series – at Escanaba, Michigan

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

Monday, June 27

No public equestrian events reported.

Tuesday, June 28

Coulee Region Riders Club Gymkhana – at Holmen, Wisconsin
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

Wednesday, June 29

Tempel Lipizzans Performance – at Tempel Farms, Old Mill Creek, Illinois
Tri-City RC 2016 Gymkhana – at Tri-City Riding Club, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Tri-State SC Summer Buckle Series – at Tri-State Saddle Club, Dubuque, Iowa
UBRA/PEWC Wednesday Night Barrel Series – at Outbuck Ranch, Sheldon, Wisconsin

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June 30-July 2

Mid-Western Rodeo – at Manawa, Wisconsin

June 30-July 3

UPQHA Summerfest Series – at Escanaba, Michigan

Thursday, June 30

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

July 1-2

Wisconsin Challenge Barrel Races – at Tomah Saddle Club Grounds, Tomah, Wisconsin

July 1-3

3Cans4Crohns Barrel Race at Double F Arena, Hinckley, Minnesota
Dominique Barbier French Classical Dressage Clinic - at McCrae Farm, Grayslake, Illinois 
Faith-Based Equine Assisted Philosophy Seminar Certification / Unbridled – at Quakerdale Wolfe Ranch Life Enrichment Center, Marshalltown, Iowa
Go For Broke Barrel Race – at National Cattle Congress, Waterloo, Wisconsin
NCHA Cutting Horse Show – at Gordyville USA, Gifford, Illinois
Showplace “B” Series – at Lamplight Equestrian Center, Wayne, Illinois

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July 1-4

3 Cans 4 Crohns / Tuff Enuf Ranch – at Double F Arena, Hinckley, Minnesota
Hawkeye Classic AQHA Show – at Iowa Equestrian Center/Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
UBRA Go for Broke – at National Cattle Congress Grounds, Waterloo, Iowa

Friday, July 1

Fox Hollow Farm Summer Jackpot Open 4D Barrel Races – at Fox Hollow Arena, Le Sueur, Minnesota
Horse Pull – at Holmen, Wisconsin
Open Barrels and Poles – at St. Croix County Fairgrounds, Glenwood City, Wisconsin

July 2-3

DRAW Endless Valley Ride – at Spring Green, Wisconsin
Iowa Associated Saddle Club – at Fort Dodge, Iowa
Little Britches Rodeo – at Holmen, Wisconsin
M and M Horsemanship Clinics with Mark and Miranda Lyon – at Sunflower Farms, Bristol, Wisconsin
Minnesota Mounted Shooters Association Shoot for Freedom I and II – at Cambridge, Minnesota
Roping for the Brand – at Hillman, Minnesota
WDCTA Janet Foy Dressage Clinic – at Green Meadows Farm, Belleville, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Foundation Quarter Horse Association Show with AQHA Special Event Classes / Ranch Riding and Reining – at Jackson County Fair Park, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Pinto Horse Association Show – at Jefferson County Fair Park, Jefferson, 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, July 2

Dressage Clinic with Amanda Johnson - at Heritage Stables, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Flying Arrow Saddle Club – at Prairie Rose Arena, Elkhart, Iowa
Mutton Bustin, Bull Riding and Barrel Racing – at Stoughton Fairgrounds, Stoughton, Wisconsin
Notara Farm HDT – at Notara Farm, Verona, Wisconsin
Pine Creek Saddle Club WSCA Show – at Rutledge, Minnesota
WSCA Pleasure Show – at St. Croix County Fairgrounds, Glenwood City, Wisconsin

Sunday, July 3

B-Bar-C Interstate Horse Promoters Annual Open Horse and Pony Summer Show – at Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, Illinois
Firecracker Barrels and Poles – at St. Croix Riders Saddle Club Grounds, Baldwin, Wisconsin
IBSC Jackpot Show – at Illinois Boots and Saddle Club, Alton, Illinois
Silver Buckle Summer Buckle Series – at Silver Buckle Saddle Club, Plymouth, Minnesota
Tempel Lipizzans Performance – at Tempel Farms, Old Mill Creek, Illinois
WSCA/GCSCA Games Show – at St. Croix County Fairgrounds, Glenwood City, 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.

Monday, July 4

Independence Day

17th Annual Bull and Barrel Blast - at Mitchell County Fairgrounds, Osage, Iowa
IBRA Barrel Racing – at Over Yonder Ranch, Scandinavia, Wisconsin
Independence Day Open Show – at Three Gaits, Stoughton, Wisconsin
Open WSCA Horse Show - at Fox Hollow Saddle Club, Le Sueur, Minnesota
WSCA Game Show – at St. Croix Riders Saddle Club Grounds, Baldwin, Wisconsin

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

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