Horse lovers across the American Midwest can pick from scenic fall trail rides, open and breed shows, hunter/jumper competitions, barn open houses, and a host of other exciting equestrian events during October’s first weekend.
Horse happenings continue from Thursday, October 3, through Sunday, October 6.
Participants and spectators, as always, are advised to call horse show and event venues ahead to confirm times and other details. Last-minute changes and cancellations often occur.
Consider these show bills and flyers for top Midwestern horse highlights occurring during the first weekend of October:
The Drawarama Pioneer Ride draws distance and endurance riders to the Horsemen’s Campground, in Palmyra, Wisconsin, for a trail riding and camping event from October 3 to 6.
In Gurnee, Illinois, Fields and Fences Equestrian Center and Cross Winds Farm team up to offer A Place to Start Hunter/Jumper Finals, including a Hunter Derby, on October 5 and 6.
On October 5, the American Competitive Trail Horse Association presents the 1st Annual Stable Life Competitive Trail Challenge at the Castle Rock Horse Trails in Arkdale, Wisconsin.
Jessica Cole Training Stables hosts an Open Barn and Fall Training Seminar with Ray La Croix on October 5, in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Also on October 5, the Rock County Multi-Use Trail Group holds a Poker Run in Janesville, Wisconsin, beginning at Gibbs Lake Equestrian.
In Hampshire, Illinois, the Fox Valley Saddle Association closes its 2013 Horse Show Series with an event on October 6.
West 20 Ranch and Saddle Company concludes its Annual Open Pleasure Horse Show Series on October 6 in East Troy, Wisconsin.
(You can find lots more regional equestrian event listings at Mane Dates: Horsing Around in the Upper Midwest.)
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