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MW Horse Fair and Wayne Eventing Derby lead April's second weekend

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With warmer weather finally arriving in the American Midwest, horse lovers are gearing up for plenty of equestrian events to mark the second weekend of April. The Midwest Horse Fair and the Wayne Eventing Derby attract lots of horse enthusiasts. Additional highlights include a Saddlebred Horse show, a rodeo, and two ranch sorting events.

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Check out these Midwestern equestrian happenings for Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13.

High Island Arena, in Henderson, Minnesota, holds a rodeo on April 11 and 12.

In Gurnee, Illinois, the Illinois American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association (IASPHA) 2014 Show Series opens at Fields and Fences with competition from April 11 to 13.

The Midwest Horse Fair returns to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The popular equine expo runs from April 11 through 13.

Scott Stokes teaches a Basic Horsemanship Clinic from April 11 to 13 at Sommers Gate Farms, in Vandalia, Illinois.

The Wayne Eventing Derby takes place April 11 to 13 in Wayne, Illinois, at Lamplight Equestrian Center.

In Sigel, Illinois, Coyote Creek Stables offers Ranch Sorting Practice on April 11.

Chism Trail Ranch, of Merrill, Wisconsin, has Ranch Sorting on April 12 and 13.

On April 12, Cliffwood Farm holds a Spring Party in Richmond, Illinois.

Also on April 12, Chase Valley Ranch continues its Winter 2013/2014 Saddle and Awards Series in DeKalb, Illinois.

The accompanying photo slideshow includes show bills and flyers for these equestrian events.

Note: Several Midwestern equestrian venues have canceled or postponed upcoming events in the wake of recent reports of EHV-1 cases in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Horse lovers are urged to confirm events before embarking.

Advance signups and fees may be required for any or all of these mid-April equestrian events.

As usual, equestrian participants and spectators are advised to call horse show and event venues to double-check times and other details. Last-minute changes and cancellations often 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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