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Gymkhanas, driving, clinics, and shows fill horsey weekend

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Horse lovers are trailering off to dozens of exciting equestrians for the second weekend of May. Highlights include fun and speed shows, open and pleasure shows, training clinics, trail rides, and a horse-themed rummage sale.

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Peruse this lengthy list of Midwestern horse happenings, running from Thursday, May 8, through Tuesday, May 13.

Jericho Creek Farm II, of Eagle, Wisconsin, hosts a Fundraiser Rummage Sale for Horse Power Healing Center from May 8 to 10.

The Summer Gymkhana Series 2014 continues on May 8 at Red Ridge Ranch, in Mauston, Wisconsin.

In Deerfield, Wisconsin, Showtime Arena holds its Barrel Racing Series Finals from May 9 to 11.

Martin Black teaches Horsemanship and Cow Work Clinics from May 9 to 13 at KarMik Acres, in Woodstock, Illinois.

On May 9, Pekin Riding Club opens its 2014 Series with a Double Points Show in Pekin, Illinois.

The St. Croix Riders Saddle Club, of Baldwin, Wisconsin, offers an Open All Pleasure WSCA Show on May 10, followed by an Open WSCA All Game Show on May 11.

In Columbia City, Indiana, the 3rd Annual Ride with Faith Show Series launches with a May 10 show at the Shrine Grounds.

Children's Ranch presents a 2014 Open Spring Speed & Fun Show in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, on May 10.

In Sigel, Illinois, the Illinois Fox Trotter Horse Association has an Open Fun All Breed Horse Show on May 10 at Coyote Creek Tack and Stables.

Circle E Equestrian Stables unveils their 2014 Summer Series Open Horse Show season with a May 10 event in Seymour, Wisconsin.

Chase Valley Ranch, of DeKalb, Illinois, closes its Winter 2013/2014 Ropings Saddle and Awards Series with competition on May 10.

Also on May 10, Midway Arena puts on an IBRA Open Horse Show in Litchfield, Illinois.

The 1st Annual Equine Wellness Open House of Southeastern Wisconsin takes place May 10 at Norwegian Hill Farm, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Included is a Basic Horse Mechanics Workshop with Stefanie Reinhold.

In Juneau, Wisconsin, Lazycreek Farm has a Casual/Ranch Show on May 10.

A Waukau Flying Mane Fuzzy Wuzzy Open Show goes off May 10 in Omro, Wisconsin.

Double Lane Horsemanship presents a Horse Expo on May 10 at Western Trails Equestrian Center, of West Bend, Wisconsin.

A Mother’s Day Ride is set for May 10 at Big Valley Ranch, in Avoca, 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.

On May 11, the Arabian Horse Distance Riding Association and Upper Midwest Competitive Rides Association team up to hold a Practice Ride at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Park, in Chandlerville, Illinois.

The Badger Horse Show Association (BHSA) has a May 11 Show at the Rusty B Arena, in Westfield, Wisconsin.

Woodside Ranch’s Annual Mothers’ Day Horse Show runs May 11 in Mauston, Wisconsin.

In Onalaska, Wisconsin, a Bit-N-Bridle Stables Pleasure Show occurs May 11.

On May 11, the Dairyland Driving Club rolls out its Black Hawk Drive near Sauk City, Wisconsin.

Also on May 11, R.O.C. Ranch revs up its Fun / Speed Shows 2014 season in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin.

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 are advised to call horse show and event venue, as always, to double-check times and other details. Last-minute changes and cancellations do occur.

Many of these Midwestern equestrian events may require advance reservations, signups, and fees.