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Minnesota Horse Expo leads April’s last weekend for horse lovers

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The Minnesota Horse Expo tops the list of equestrian events in the Upper Midwest for the final weekend of April. Additional highlights include training clinics, equestrian facility open houses, and hosts of horse show.

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Consider these Midwestern equestrian happenings for Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27.

Jennifer Malott Kotylo presents a Body Awareness Clinic and Interactive Workshop for the Equestrian Athlete at Sunflower Farms, in Bristol, Wisconsin, from April 25 to 27.

In Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Theresa Doherty leads a Classical Approach Horsemanship Clinic on April 26 and 27 at Skyline Equestrian Center.

The Minnesota Horse Expo runs from April 25 to 27 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Fox Valley Saddle Association (FVSA) opens the 2014 season with a Full Warm-Up Show on April 26 at the FVSA Grounds in Hampshire, Illinois. A FVSA Horse Show follows on April 27.

The Chism Trail Ranch Winter Sorting Series closes April 26-27 with competition in Merrill, Wisconsin.

On April 26, the Douglas Legacy Farm Veterans Initiative holds an Open House in La Valle, Wisconsin.

Also on April 26, a Lindenhof Open House takes place in Oregon, Wisconsin, at Lindenhof Equine Sports Zentrum.

Circle E Equestrian Stables has its Spring Fling Indoor Dressage Schooling Show on April 26 in Seymour, Wisconsin.

In Crystal Lake, Illinois, McHenry County College hosts a Large Animal Rescue Awareness class with the McHenry County Fire Science Department on April 26.

Wisconsin Mounted Justice has a New Shooters Clinic set for April 25 at West 20 Ranch and Saddle Club in East Troy, Wisconsin.

In DePere, Wisconsin, the NEW Dressage Association’s Central Chapter offers a Ride & Review Dressage event with Amy Grahn on April 26 at the Wisconsin Equestrian Center.

On April 26, the 1st Annual Spring Fling All Breed Open Show comes to the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Black Hawk College East Campus holds a 2014 Spring Horse Show on April 26 in Galva, Illinois.

Wisconsin Cowboy Dressage offers EquiYoga and the Art of Riding with Sallie Scovill and Heather Lekan in Saint Francis Horse Rescue’s Indoor Arena in Rosholt, Wisconsin, on April 26.

On April 27, Dairyland Driving Club rolls out its first 2014 Pleasure Drive in Eagle, Wisconsin, at Old World Wisconsin.

A Hunter / Jumper Show takes off on April 27 at Foremost Stables in Dousman, Wisconsin.

Also on April 27, Huntermark Farm holds its Winter Series Finals in Coal Valley, Illinois.

Mandt Equestrian Center, of Oregon, Wisconsin, brings its 2014 Kara Czerwonka Memorial Open Show on April 27.

In Luxemburg, Wisconsin, a Luxemburg – Casco FFA Open Horse Speed Show occurs at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds on April 27.

The Minnesota Rodeo Association has a Fundraiser Barrel Race on April 27 at Kuka Equestrian Center in Maple Plain, Minnesota.

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 Kansasville, Wisconsin, Stepping Stone Farms presents A Day of Horse Play on April 27.

Also on April 27, a Think Spring Clinic with Molly Mueller runs at Breezy Acres Stables in Oconto, Wisconsin.

Show bills and flyers for these equestrian events may be found in the accompanying photo slideshow.

Any or all of these end-of-April equestrian events may require advance signups and fees..

Equestrian participants and spectators, as is customary, are advised to call horse show and event venues to double-check times and other details. Last-minute changes and cancellations often do occur.