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MW equestrians greet March with barrel races, clinics, tack sales and shows

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Across the upper Midwest, horse lovers herald the end of February and the beginning of March with barrel races, horse shows, tack sales and swaps, and training clinics. The weekend even includes a ranch sorting event.

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Rein in these horse happenings, running from Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 2.

Dale Cunningham, a certified Clinton Anderson clinician, leads a 3-Day Fundamentals Clinic at the Iowa Equestrian Center, located at Kirkwood Community College, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This equestrian educational event runs from February 28 through March 2.

On the evening of February 28, the Hustler Exhibition Hall, in Hustler, Wisconsin, hosts a Wagenson Tack Auction.

Chism Trail Ranch continues its National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) Barrel Racing series with competition in Merrill, Wisconsin, on March 1 and 2.

In Custer, Wisconsin, the Heartland Stables Beat the Blues Winter Series offers a March 1 open horse show.

JB Ranch, of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, holds a Free Showmanship Clinic and Coggins Vaccination Clinic on March 1.

Dressage trainer Bethany Tuskey teaches a Mini Clinic on Liberty Training 101 on March 1 at Dover Stables, in Waterford, Wisconsin.

Also on March 1, Western Trails Equestrian Center, in West Bend, Wisconsin, presents a Lateral Control Horse Training Clinic with Amanda Lane.

The annual Winnebago County 4-H Horse and Pony Tack Sale is set for March 1 at the Sunnyview Expo Center, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

On March 2, in Montello, Wisconsin, the Green County 4-H Horse and Pony Project’s Horse Tack Swap Sale goes on at Barnaby’s Monticello House.

The Lake County Mounted Posse (LCMP) Tack Sale runs March 2 at the Antioch VFW Hall in Antioch, Illinois.

A Book Signing / Meet the Author opportunity is included, with Linda Ann Nickerson, author of 25 Top Tips for Promoting Your Equestrian Event: Get the Herd Out and Horseplay Secrets: Learning in Rhyme from Equines Sublime, at the March 2 LCMP Tack Sale in Antioch, Illinois.

On March 2, Veritas Stables presents Ranch Sorting in their heated indoor arena in Davenport, Iowa.

Advance registration may be required at certain equestrian events.

Routinely, participants and spectators are advised to call horse show and event venues to double-check times and other details. Last-minute changes and cancellations frequently occur.

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.

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