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Valentine's Day weekend brings horse shows, clinics and tack sales

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Breed and open shows, barrel races, hunter-jumper competitions, equestrian training clinics and tack sales draw the affections of Midwestern horse lovers for the Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Catch this whole herd of horse happenings, running from Thursday, February 13, through Sunday, February 16.

Gordyville USA hosts four days of Land of Lincoln Quarter Horse Association (LLQHA) / American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows from February 13 through 16 in Gifford, Illinois.

In Trevor, Wisconsin, Horn Trevor Feeds presents a Horse Owners Workshop on February 13 at the Historical Society Building with Jacob Goodin, DVM; Megan Schmit, and Kara Karasch.

Equestrian trainer Jamie Gerardi leads a Valentine’s Day Workshop at Sangamon River Stables, in White Heath, Illinois, on February 14.

On February 15 and 16, Circle E Equestrian Stables offers an equestrian clinic with Ellie Jensen Neerdaels in Seymour, Wisconsin.

Mel’s II-Bit Ranch, in Columbus, Wisconsin, holds a Fat, Fearful and Fifty Clinic with Dan Grunewald, Sue Johnson, and Penny Negley, on February 15 and 16.

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Iowa Equestrian Center at Kirkwood Community College offers Open Riding Sessions indoors on February 15 and 16.

Showtime Arena, of Deerfield, Wisconsin, continues its Winter Series on February 15 and 16 with barrel racing.

On February 15, a Halter/ Showmanship and Horsemanship/Equitation clinic with Betty Kowalski takes place at Galloping Grove Ranch in Union Grove. This event was rescheduled for severe weather reasons from its original January date.

In Marshall, Illinois, the Clark County 4-H Horse & Pony Tack Auction is set for February 15 at the University of Illinois Extension Office.

Heartland Stables, of Custer, Wisconsin, adds a February 15 installment to its ongoing Beat the Blues Winter Series.

On February 16, the Dunn and Eau Claire 4-H Youth Horse Project has its annual Tack Swap at the Veterans Center in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

Huntermark Farm opens its Winter Series with a hunter-jumper show on February 16 in Coal Valley, Illinois.

Also on February 16, the Waukesha County 4-H Horse Association’s Tack Sale goes on at the Waukesha County Expo Building, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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.

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

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