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Benefits, banquets, open shows lead January's 3rd weekend

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Equestrian events for 2014 are up and running across the Midwest. The third weekend of January offers exciting competitions, clinics, benefits, and banquets for horse lovers.

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Horse happenings are on-deck for Friday, January 17, through Sunday, January 19.

As a matter of course, participants and spectators are advised to call horse show and event venues ahead to confirm times and other details. Last-minute changes and cancellations often occur.

Check out these show bills and flyers for top Midwestern horse highlights occurring during the third weekend of January.

Nature’s Edge Therapy Center’s Evening in Elegance fundraiser is set for January 17, at the Rice Lake Elks Club of Wisconsin.

On January 18, Heartland Stables, of Custer, Wisconsin, continues its Beat the Blues Winter Series with an open horse show.

Hi Circle Vee Ranch has a Western Saddle Clubs Association (WSCA) Qualifying Game Show on January 18 in Isanti, Minnesota.

The Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association (IDCTA) holds its annual Awards Banquet on January 18 at the Northbrook Hilton, in Northbrook, Illinois.

Also on January 18, in Deerfield, Wisconsin, Showtime Arena adds another installment to its 2013-2014 Open Fun Shows series.

In Columbus, Wisconsin, Mel’s II-Bit Ranch presents its third annual Fat, Fearful, and Fifty Clinic on January 18 and 19. A follow-up event is scheduled for February 15-16.

The Jefferson County 4-H Horse and Pony Project offers a Tack Sale and Food Drive at Wisconsin’s Jefferson County Fairground Activity Center on January 19.

You can find lots more regional equestrian event listings at Mane Dates: Horsing Around in the Upper Midwest.)

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