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Equestrians prance off to horse shows and clinics for July's third weekend

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The Midwestern horse show season heats up with midsummer equestrian events. From fun and open shows to training clinics, highlights abound.

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Don’t miss these Midwestern equestrian events, scheduled from Wednesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 20.

The Bucking Cutter Barrel Series continues at Ukkestad Arena in Rushford, Minnesota, on July 16.

In Monroe, Wisconsin, the Green County 4-H Horse and Pony Project has a Speed Show on July 16 at the Green County Fairgrounds.

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Tomah Saddle Club holds a Summer Speed Series show in Tomah, Wisconsin, on July 16.

On July 17, Red Ridge Ranch’s Summer Gymkhana Series continues in Mauston, Wisconsin.

Amy Larson teaches a Dressage Clinic in Star Prairie, Wisconsin from July 18 to 20.

The Minnesota Ranch Horse Association (MnRHA) presents its Summer Spectacular Open Jackpot Ranch Horse Versatility Show at the Bar 7 Ranch in Hillman, Minnesota, on July 19 and 20.

The S.M.I.L.E.S. 30th Open Benefit Horse Show takes place July 19 and 20 at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

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.

In Jefferson, Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Buckskin Horse Association (WBHA) has an International Buckskin Horse Association (IBHA) Show on July 19 and 20 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Also on July 19 and 20, Joe Wolter leads a Colt Starting, Cow Work, Horsemanship, and Ranch Roping Clinic at Idlewild Farm in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

The Big Bang Barrel Race comes to Freeborn County Fairgrounds in Albert Lea, Minnesota, on July 19.

Neubauer Farm of Racine, Wisconsin, hosts The Mane Event, presented by The Caledonia Conservancy, on July 19.

Clark County Pleasure Riders has its CCPR Open All Pleasure Horse Show on July 19 in Greenwood, Wisconsin.

Also on July 19, Heartland Stables has a PMS-Practice Makes Sense Open Horse Show in Custer, Wisconsin.

The Kenosha County Fairgrounds of Wilmot, Wisconsin, welcomes the Kenosha County 4-H Horse and Pony Project for a 2014 Open Payback Speed Series show on July 19.

Breezy Acres Stables boasts a July 19 Masterson Method Clinic in Oconto, Wisconsin.

An Introduction to Polo Clinic runs at the Milwaukee Polo Club in Hartland, Wisconsin, on July 19.

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 July 20, a Pickett Horse Club Show occurs at the Waukau Flying Mane Arena in Waukau, Wisconsin.

Fields and Fences Equestrian Center of Gurnee, Illinois, holds A Place to Start – Open Hunter/Jumper Show on July 20.

Confirm event details. Last-minute changes are always possible.

Participants and spectators are wise to confirm event times and other details before departing for any of these horse happenings across the Upper Midwest by contacting horse show and equestrian event venues directly.