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Sleigh rally, ranch sorting, horse shows welcome February's second weekend

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Midwestern equestrians choose from barrel races, open horse shows, training clinics, tack sales, and other highlights during the second weekend of February.

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Winter fun and challenging competitions for Midwestern horse lovers for February’s second weekend include a popular sleigh rally, ranch shows, fun and game shows, roping events, open shows, a hunter-jumper show, and lots more. This week’s equestrian events also include training clinics, a trick riding demonstration, a cinch-making workshop, and a host of other attractions for equine enthusiasts.

Enjoy horse happenings galore from Friday, February 7, through Sunday, February 9.

Advance registration may be required at certain equestrian events.

Participants and spectators are advised to call horse show and event venues ahead, as always, to confirm times and other details. Last-minute changes and cancellations frequently occur.

Take a peek at these show bills and flyers for top Midwestern horse highlights, all taking place during February’s second weekend.

A NIHJA Horse Show runs from February 7 to 9 at Fields and Fences Equestrian Center, in Gurnee, Illinois.

Equine Extremist Tommie Turvey presents a 3-Day Horsemanship Clinic at Sapphire Hills Farm, in Elgin, Illinois, from February 7 to 9. The event includes a free demonstration on February 8.

In Merrill, Wisconsin, Chism Trail Ranch continues its 2014 Ranch Sorting Series on February 8 and 9.

On February 8, Open Sorting takes place at the Heart of Illinois Arena, in Mossville, Illinois.

At Showtime Arena, in Deerfield, Wisconsin, Pam Bound teaches a Barrel Racing and Horsemanship Workshop on February 8.

On February 8, the annual Columbus Sleigh Rally returns to Fireman’s Park, in Columbus, Wisconsin. A model horse show is also planned.

Hi Circle Vee Ranch, in Isanti, Minnesota, holds a Western Saddle Clubs Association (WSCA) Qualifying Game Show on February 8.

At Endless Valley Stables, in Spring Green, Wisconsin, a trio of clinicians gather for a Luv Yourself, Luv Your Horse session on February 8. Experts include Jennifer Malott Kotylo, Equestrian Movement and Body Awareness specialist; Jeff Bleek, Sport Horse Massage expert; and Kathy Boettcher, Connected Riding practitioner.

The Minnesota Mounted Shooters Association adds a February 8 installment to its 2014 MMSA Winter Series at M and D Arena, in Anoka, Minnesota.

Also on February 8, the CVR Winter 2013/2014 Ropings Saddle and Awards Series continues at Chase Valley Ranch, in DeKalb, Illinois.

In Palmyra, Wisconsin, the Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association (SKMHTA) offers a free Horse Dentistry seminar with Dr. John Gieche, of Kettle Moraine Equine Hospital and Regional Equine Dental Center. The event occurs at Palmyra Bowl on February 8.

At the Brunswick Zone, in Lake Zurich, Illinois, a Lasso-a-Lane Bowling Benefit raises funds on February 8 for Walk On Farm.

On February 9, Pop Wagner leads a Mohair Cinch Making Class at About the Horse Saddle Shop, in Spring Valley, Minnesota.

The 2014 Fuzzy Horse Winter Show Series opens February 9 in Seymour, Wisconsin, at Circle H Equestrian Stables.

Showtime Arena’s Open Fun Show winter series goes on February 9 in Deerfield, Wisconsin.

The Central Chapter of the Wisconsin Dressage and Combined Training Association (WDCTA) has an Integrative Medicine presentation by Dr. Michelle Weidenkopf on February 9 at Pioneer Motor Inn Conference Center, in Westfield, Wisconsin.

You can find lots more regional equestrian event listings at Mane Dates: Horsing Around in the Upper Midwest.)

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