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Horse shows, training clinics, charity events abound for mid-May

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Midwestern equestrians pick from plentiful horse shows, training workshops, horse-themed fundraisers, barn open houses, and other popular events for the third weekend of May.

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Zip through this roster of Midwestern horse happenings, running Wednesday, May 14, through Sunday, May 18.

The Tomah Saddle Club Summer Speed Series for 2014 opens May 14 in Tomah, Wisconsin.

In Mauston, Wisconsin, Red Ridge Ranch’s Summer Gymkhana Series 2014 continues with competition on May 15.

The New Dressage Association (NEWDA) presents a Connected Riding Event with Peggy Cummings, running May 16 to 18 at Skyline Equestrian Center in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

In Hartford, Wisconsin, Heartfield Farm welcomes Cal Middleton for a Western Dressage and Horsemanship/Reining Clinic on May 17 and 18.

The River Rodeo Committee of Dubuque, Iowa, hosts an Open Jackpot Team Roping and 4D Barrel Race on May 16 at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds.

The Upper Midwest Buckskin Horse Association (UMBHA) has an Open Fun and Speed Show at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, on May 16.

On May 17 and 18, the Horse First Farm holds a Holistic Horse Fair in Brooklyn, Wisconsin.

A Mounted Shooters Clinic / Cowboy Sports Association (CSA) Points Match Shoot goes off on May 17 and 18 in Sheldon, Wisconsin, at Outbuck Arena.

In Seymour, Wisconsin, New Heights Hunters and Jumpers offers a clinic with Robert Gage of Judge My Ride on May 17 and 18.

Also on May 17 and 18, a Trail Riding Confidence Clinic is on deck at Shenandoah Riding Center in Galena, Illinois.

The Northern Minnesota Arabian Horse Association (NMAHA) has a Region 10 Qualifying Show on May 17 and 18 at the Stearns County Fairgrounds in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

The Upper Midwest Buckskin Horse Association (UMBHA) presents an International Buckskin Horse Association (IBHA) and All Breed Show at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, on May 17 and 18.

On May 17, Creekview Riding Center kicks off its 2014 CRC Open Show Circuit with a Double-Judged Show at the Brown County Fairgrounds in De Pere, Wisconsin.

In Monroe, Wisconsin, the Green County 4-H Horse and Pony Project’s 2014 Open Spring Fuzzy Show comes to the Green County Fairgrounds on May 17.

A Carriage Driving Clinic with the Dairyland Driviing Clinic rolls into Hickory Knoll Farm in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, on May 17.

NAHH Tackaway offers a Bowing Without Treats or Ropes horse training clinic on May 17 in Clintonville, Wisconsin.

In Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a Gaited Horse Clinic is set for May 17 at Breezewood Farm.

Hall Saddlery’s Spring Swap Meet takes place May 17 in Sussex, Wisconsin.

The Minnesota Horse Training Academy sponsors a Saddle Up for St. Jude Trail Ride May 17 in Ogilvie, Minnesota.

Also on May 17, Victory Reins Therapeutic Riding Center’s Sixth Annual Candlelight Bowl Fundraiser occurs at Orland Bowl, in Orland Park, 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 Hay Creek Valley Saddle Club Fun Show runs at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, on May 17.

In Spring Grove, Illinois, the Spring Grove Horse Fair Park has a May 17 Speed Show.

Horse Power Healing Center’s Open House is May 17 at Jericho Creek Farms in Eagle, Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Western Dressage Club (WWDC) and Tomah Saddle Club bring Intro to Cowboy Dressage to Tomah, Wisconsin, on May 17.

ROC Ranch adds a May 17 Fun / Speed Show in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin.

In Mankato, Minnesota, a National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) runs at Fradenburgh Arena on May 17.

The Washington County 4-H Horse and Pony Project has an Open Spring Speed / Fun Show on May 17 at Washington County Fair Park in West Bend, Wisconsin.

A Willow Valley Saddle Club Open Speed Show is May 17 at the LaValle Team Penning Arena near Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

The Fox Valley Saddle Association (FVSA) holds a Horse Show in Hampshire, Illinois, on May 18.

Also on May 18, Wild Bill’s Riders has a Horse Show in Elk Mound, Wisconsin.

In Henderson, Minnesota, High Island Arena hosts a National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) Winter Buckle Series Race on May 18.

Lake Riders Saddle Club, of Lake View, Iowa, opens its Fun Days series with a May 18 Horse Show.

The 2014 Kenosha County 4-H Open Pleasure Series launches with a May 18 event at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds in Wilmot, Wisconsin.

Marshfield Saddle Club has an Open Show in Marshfield, Wisconsin, on May 18.

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.

High Tea with Walk On is set for May 18 in Barrington, Illinois.

Sandi Brandli teaches a Barrel Racing and Horsemanship Clinic at Moonfire Ranch on May 18 in Mauston, Wisconsin.

A Tomah Saddle Club Pleasure Show goes on in Tomah, Wisconsin, on May 18.

Also on May 18, the Place to Start Open Hunter / Jumper Show Series begins in Gurnee, Illinois, at Fields and Fences Equestrian Center.

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

As is customary, equestrian participants and spectators are advised to call horse show and event venue to confirm event times and other details. Late changes and cancellations occasionally happen.