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Memorial Day weekend brings barrels, plus breed and speed shows

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Horse lovers across the Upper Midwest are parading off to barrel races, dressage and combined training competitions, fun and speed shows, gymkhana events, mounted shootouts, and more for the Memorial Day weekend.

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Midwestern equestrians may salute many of these popular area equestrian events, scheduled from Wednesday, May 21, through Monday, May 26.

The Tomah Saddle Club Summer Speed Series continues in Tomah, Wisconsin, on May 21.

The United Barrel Racing Association (UBRA) 3 Barrels 2 Hearts 2014 Series launches on May 21 at the St. Croix County Fairgrounds in Glenwood City, Wisconsin.

Also on May 21, the Rainbow Saddle Club debuts its 2014 Open Jackpot Barrel Races in Northfield, Minnesota.

In Mauston, Wisconsin, Red Ridge Ranch adds a May 22 installment to its Summer Gymkhana Series 2014.

On May 22, Winner Sircle Stables opens its 3rd Annual Summer Barrel Racing Series in Union Grove, Wisconsin. This event was originally scheduled for May 20, but postponed.

The Wisconsin Quarter Horse Association (WQHA) Spring Classic and Memorial Day Classic run from May 23 to 26 at the Sunnyview Complex in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

On May 23, Pekin Riding Club has an Open Horse Show with pleasure and speed classes in Pekin, Illinois.

In Galva, Illinois, the Illiana Stock Horse Club has a Stock Horse Clinic on May 24 and 25 at Black Hawk College.

The Run o’ the Mill Pony Club presents a Hunter / Jumper Show on May 24 and 25 at the Washington County Fair Park in West Bend, Wisconsin.

On May 24 and 25, the Wisconsin Ranch Horse Association (WRHA) holds a Double-Judged show in Deerfield, Wisconsin, at Showtime Arena.

The Minnesota Pinto Horse Association (MPtHA) has its Spring Fling at the Minnesota Equestrian Center in Winona, Minnesota, from May 24 to 26.

Marking Memorial Day weekend, the Triple X Mounted Shooters host Support Our Troops Mounted Shooting from May 24 to 26 at J & K Arena in North Branch, Minnesota.

The 6th Annual Sherry and Brittany Memorial Show, supporting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is set for May 24 at the Midnight Riders Saddle Club, in Mondovi, Wisconsin.

On May 24, the Apple River Riders Saddle Club has an Open Pleasure and Fun Show in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, at the Polk County Fair Park.

Kuenzi Equestrian Center puts on a Speed and Mounted Games Show at the Boots and Saddles Arena in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, on May 24.

The Endless Valley Stables Show Series offers a Dressage and Cross Training Warm-Up Show on May 24 in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

In Portage, Wisconsin, an Open Fundraiser TEAM Show comes to the Columbia County Fairgrounds on May 24, courtesy of the Columbia County 4-H Horse Project.

On May 24, in New Lenox, Illinois, a Spring Round Up – Warm Up Open Horse Show takes place at the Francis Field Fairgrounds.

The Heartland PMS (Practice Makes Sense) Open Horse Show Series commences May 24 at Heartland Stables, in Custer, 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.

The 7th Annual Lara Plamann Memorial Open Speed Show Benefit happens May 24 in Appleton, Wisconsin, at Clifford’s Arena.

In Curtiss, Wisconsin, the Black River Riders feature a 2014 Fun Show at Lucky Star Ranch on May 24.

The LaValle Team Penners Association Speed Series goes on May 24 with an event in LaValle, Wisconsin.

On May 24, Rockin H Arena Team Roping pulls in participants in Brodhead, Wisconsin.

Cross Winds Farm of Marengo, Illinois, holds an Open Horse Show on May 25.

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.

An All Breeds Open Horse Show, approved by the North Eastern Wisconsin Pleasure Horse Association (NEWPHA) and sponsored by the Wisconsin Appaloosa Horse Club (WApHC), goes on May 25 at the Manitowoc County Expo Grounds in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Also on May 25, Houck Horse Company presents a Fun Show in North Branch, Minnesota.

The 6th Annual Boots, Bits & Spurs Invitational goes off May 26 in Deerfield, Wisconsin, at Showtime Arena.

In Oregon, Wisconsin, May 26 brings the Oregon Horse Association’s 38th Annual Memorial Day Show at Triple K Stables.

Some of these horse happenings may require advance enrollments and fees.

Equestrian participants and other attendees are wise to call horse show and event venues ahead of time to confirm event times and other details. Late changes and cancellations occasionally happen.

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