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Breed, open, and speed shows rev up May’s first weekend

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The Midwest explodes with equestrian events, as May begins. Highlights include barrel races, breed shows, cowboy dressage, open and speed shows, and trail races.

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Check out this bounty of Midwestern horse happenings, running from Thursday, May 1, through Monday, May 5.

Martin Black teaches Horsemanship and Cow Work Clinics at KarMik Acres, in Woodstock, Illinois, from May 1 through 6.

On May 2 and 3, Long Meadow Farm presents a Christoph Hess Dressage Clinic in Malta, Illinois.

Pine Crest Farms, of Wisconsin Dells, offers a Kip Fladland Harmony Through Horsemanship Clinic from May 2 to 4.

The Big Barrel Blast comes to the National Cattle Congress Grounds in Waterloo, Iowa, from May 2 to 4.

In Fergus Falls, Minnesota, from May 2 to 4, Red Horse Ranch has a Race for the Roses: 2014 Slot Race.

On May 3 and 4, Red Horse Ranch Arena holds a 4-H Riding Clinic in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

Chism Trail Ranch, of Merrill, Wisconsin, rolls out Barrel Racing on May 3 and 4.

Also on May 3 and 4, Sandy Brandli and Colleen Vondra lead a Barrel Racing and Horsemanship Clinic in Union Grove, Wisconsin, at Winners Sircle Stables.

The Wisconsin Western Dressage Club (WWDC) brings Riding & Judging Cowboy Dressage Tests with Lyn Ringrose-Moe to Domino Stables, in Baraboo, Wisconsin, on May 3 and 4.

In Winona, Minnesota, on May 3 and 4, Big Valley Ranch presents a Through the Judge’s Eyes Clinic with Dan Grunewald.

On May 3 and 4, the Iowa Buckskin Horse Association (IBHA) holds an All Breed Open and ABRA Approved Show at the Iowa Equestrian Center / Kirkwood Community College, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A Wisconsin Pony of the Americas Club (POAC) show takes place May 3 and 4 at Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Paint Horse Club (WPHC) opens the 2014 season May 3-4 with a show in Jefferson, Wisconsin, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

The 95th Annual Little International Horse Show, by the University of Wisconsin –Madison Saddle and Sirloin Organization, is set for May 3 at Mandt Equestrian Center, in Oregon, Wisconsin.

On May 3, Dover Stables, of Waterford, Wisconsin, offers a First Aid 101 Workshop.

Kuenzi Equestrian Center has a Horse Farm Open House on May 3 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

In Hillman, Minnesota, Bar 7 Ranch hosts the 2014 Minnesota Ranch Horse Association (MnRHA) Youth Ranch Horse Versatility Clinic on May 3.

A Casual / Ranch Horse Show Clinic with Lee Sackett occurs May 3 at Lazy Creek Farm, in Juneau, Wisconsin.

Also on May 3, Adriane Kochie teaches a Triple R Barrel Clinic at the Houston County Fairgrounds, in Caledonia, Minnesota.

An English and Western Performance Show steps off May 3 at Spring Grove Horse Fair Park, in Spring Grove, Illinois.

On May 4, the Heart of Fun Arena’s Horse Show Series 2014 opens in Peoria, Illinois.

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.

A Luxemburg-Casco FFA Open Horse Speed Show takes place May 4 at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds, in Luxemburg, Wisconsin.

The Silver Spurs 4-H Club of Shelby County has an Open Speed High Point Buckle Show at the Shelby County 4-H Fairgrounds, in Shelbyville, Illinois, on May 4.

In St. Croix, Wisconsin, the St. Croix Riders Saddle Club Fuzzy Wuzzy Open Fun Show is on May 4.

Equestrian Connection, of Lake Forest, Illinois, has its EC Trail Races for horses and humans on May 4.

Also on May 4, an Open Ride runs at Francis Field Fairgrounds, in New Lenox, 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.

Equestrian participants and spectators, as is customary, are advised to call horse show and event venues to double-check times and other details. Last-minute changes and cancellations often do occur.

Advance signups and fees may be required for many of these Midwestern equestrian events.