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Barrels, clinics, jump and open shows welcome summer

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Barrel racing, dressage, jumping, training clinics, cowboy mounted shooting, open shows, gymkhanas, and other horse highlights fill the Midwestern equestrian calendar for the opening of the summer season.

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Horse lovers race to these equestrian occurrences across the Upper Midwest from Tuesday, June 17, through Sunday, June 22.

On June 17, Winners Sircle Stables continues its 3rd Annual Summer Barrel Racing Series in Union Grove, Wisconsin.

Woodside Ranch of Mauston, Wisconsin, adds a June 17 event to its 2014 Gymkhana Series.

In Verndale, Minnesota, a Minnesota Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) Boot Camp runs June 18 to 20 at R & J Arena.

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The United Barrel Racing Association (UBRA) 3 Barrels 2 Hearts Series holds June 18 competitions at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in Glenwood City, Wisconsin.

The Tomah Saddle Club Summer Speed Series is ongoing, with a June 18 event in Tomah, Wisconsin.

On June 18, the Sole Sisters 1st Annual “Giddy Up ‘n Tidy Up” occurs in Waukesha, Wisconsin, at Life Striders Therapeutic Riding Program.

The 2014 Cap Gun Circuit comes to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, in Jefferson, Wisconsin, from June 19-22.

In Mauston, Wisconsin, Red Ridge Ranch’s Summer Gymkhana Series 2014 boasts a June 19 event.

Sunflower Farms welcome Buster McLaury for a Horsemanship Clinic from June 20 to 22 in Bristol, Wisconsin.

Chad Kelly teaches a Desensitizing/Trail Obstacle Clinic at Diamond Acres in Woodstock, Illinois, from June 20 to 22.

You can find lots more regional equestrian event listings at Mane Dates: Horsing Around in the Upper Midwest.) The site includes a Midwestern Equestrian Event Venue Roster with address and contact information for most of these locations.

On June 20, Circle T Saddle Club has a Speed Fun Show in Thorp. Wisconsin.

Hay Creek Valley Saddle Club offers an Open Show on June 21 and 22 at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth, Wisconsin.

In Sheldon, Wisconsin, the Outbuck Riders feature a Fun What Ya Bring Mounted Shooting Clinic and event on June 21 and 22.

A United Barrel Racing Association (UBRA) Tour Event and Western Saddle Clubs Association (WSCA) Game Show goes on June 21 and 22 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, at the Rush County Fairgrounds.

Working Equitation Illinois and Haras dos Cavaleiros present a Recognized Working Equitation Clinic with Tiago Ernesto at Lanes End Farm in Minooka, Illinois, on June 21 and 22.

In East Troy, Wisconsin, West 20 Ranch and Saddle Club holds its annual Jean Cyra Memorial All Breed Open English and Western Shows on June 21 and 22.

Heartland Stables hosts the Wisconsin Ranch Horse Association (WRHA) for a June 21-22 show in Custer, Wisconsin.

The Oak Meadow Reigns 4-H Club puts on an Open Show at the Portage County Fairgrounds in Portage, Wisconsin, on June 21.

Also on June 21, the Marathon County 4-H Horse Project and Wausau Boot and Saddle Club team up for a Fuzzy Wuzzy Fun Horse Show in Wausau, Wisconsin.

In Monroe, Wisconsin, the Green County Fairgrounds has a 2014 Pre-Fair Show for the Green County 4-H Horse and Pony Project on June 21.

Star A Training and the Illiana Stock Horse Club present a June 21 Western Pleasure Clinic for Stock, Ranch, and Breed Association Competitors at the Pekin Riding Club, in Pekin, Illinois.

Show bills and flyers for this week’s horse highlights may be found in the accompanying photo slideshow. Enlarge the page, if needed, for easier viewing.

On June 21, the Waushara County 4-H Horse Association offers a Trail and Patterns Clinic with Bill Heiser at the Waushara County Fairgrounds in Wautoma, Wisconsin, on June 21.

Renaissance Equestrian Society has its 4th Annual Trail Ride Benefit on June 21 at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan.

On June 22, the Badger Horse Show Association (BHSA) convenes at Rusty B Arena in Westfield, Wisconsin.

The Circle K-D Trail Riders feature a Formal Open Show in Sycamore, Illinois, on June 22.

Also on June 22, the Fox Valley Saddle Association (FVSA) puts on a Dressage Show in Hampshire, Illinois.

Cross Winds Farm has A Place to Start Open Hunter/Jumper Show in Marengo, Illinois, on June 22.

National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) and United Barrel Racing Association (UBRA) heat up Ukkestad Arena on June 22 in Rushford, Minnesota.

A Turn Crest Stable Hunter Show is set for June 22 in Kasson, Minnesota.

Advance reservations, signups, and entry fees may be required for many of these Midwestern horse happenings.

Check for cancellations and late changes.

Participants and spectators are wise to call horse show and event venues to confirm event times and other details before loading their horse trailers and departing for any of these Midwestern horse happenings.