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Horse show season in full swing for July's second weekend

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Approaching the mid-July point, Midwestern horse lovers are racing off to scads of shows, equestrian training clinics, speed events, and other horsey highlights.

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Examine these Midwestern equestrian events across the Upper Midwest from Thursday, July 10, through Sunday, July 13.

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Red Ridge Ranch’s Summer Gymkhana Series 2014 continues on July 10 in Mauston, Wisconsin.

Balance Dressage Association presents a Horsemanship Clinic with Theresa Doherty at Skyline Equestrian Center in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, from July 11 to 13.

The Illinois American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association (IASPHA) has a horse show July 11 to 13 at Fields and Fences Equestrian Center in Gurnee, Illinois.

From July 11 to 13, the Minnesota Pinto Horse Association (MPtHA) holds its July Jam show in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, at Red Horse Ranch Arena.

The Friday Night Lights Open Show Speed Series, offered by the Door County 4-H Horse and Pony Project, is set for July 11 at John Miles County Park in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

In Merrill, Wisconsin, the Merrill Riders Club 2014 Friday Night Gymkhanas have a July 11 event. (NOTE: This event has been canceled.)

Also on July 11, R.O.C. Ranch hosts a Fun/Speed Show in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin.

Washington County 4-H puts on a Twilight Show on July 11 at Washington County Fair Park in West Bend, Wisconsin.

The Northwood’s Hunter Jumper Circuit Summer Series 2014 includes a July 12-13 show in Norway, Michigan, at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds.

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 Sheldon, Wisconsin, the Cowboy Sports Association (CSA) Summer Series has Mounted Shooting on July 12 and 13 at Outbuck Arena.

The Southern Wisconsin Buckskin Association (SWBA) presents an All Breed Open and American Buckskin Registry Association (ABRA) Show at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Jefferson, Wisconsin, on July 12 and 13.

A Waukau Flying Mane Riding Club Open Pleasure and Speed Show is on deck for July 12 and 13 in Waukau, Wisconsin.

On July 12, Circle E Equestrian Stables has an Open Horse Show in Seymour, Wisconsin.

The LaValle Team Penners Association Speed Series continues with a July 12 event in LaValle, Wisconsin.

In Sycamore, Illinois, the Circle K-D Trail Riders present a Summer Speed Show on July 12.

The 1st Annual Wisconsin Cowboy Dressage Show comes to Heartland Stables in Custer, Wisconsin, on July 12, courtesy of the Wisconsin Western Dressage Club (WWDC).

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 12, the Iowa County 4-H Horse Project Open Fundraiser Team Show goes on at the Iowa County Fairgrounds in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

In Marshfield, Wisconsin, the Marshfield Saddle Club Annual Open Horse Show runs July 12.

The Fox Valley Saddle Association (FVSA) has its 3rd Annual Open English Horse Show on July 13 in Hampshire, Illinois.

On July 13, the Lake Riders Saddle Club of Lake View, Iowa, has a Fun Day.

The Circle T Saddle Club Speed Fun Show occurs July 13 in Thorp, Wisconsin. This event is sanctioned by the United Barrel Racing Association (UBRA).

A Manitowoc County 4-H 2014 Open Speed Show takes place at the Manitowoc County Expo Center in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on July 13.

Dan Grunewald teaches a Through the Eyes of a Judge Clinic on July 13 at Dover Stables in Waterford, Wisconsin. (NOTE: This event has been canceled.)

In Franksville, Wisconsin, Stepping Stone Farms School of Horsemanship has a Veterans Picnic on July 13.

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Check event details, as last-minute changes are possible.

Before attending any of these Midwestern horse happenings, participants and spectators are wise to confirm event times and other details by contacting horse show and equestrian event venues.