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Weekend brings gymkhanas, horse shows and jousting

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Horse shows, training clinics, gymkhanas, and jousting fill the calendar, and May ends, and June begins. Equestrians across the Midwest enjoy tons of competitive, instructional, and recreational options.

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Run through this roster of Midwestern horse happenings from Thursday, May 29, through Tuesday, June 3.

Red River Ranch’s Summer Gymkhana Series 2014 continues on May 29 in Mauston, Wisconsin.

In Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Amateur Quarter Horse Association (WAQHA) Classic Show and Paper Valley Festival runs from May 29 to June 1 at the Sunny View Expo Center.

From May 30 to June 1, the Palomino Exhibitors of Wisconsin hold a show at Heartland Stables in Custer, Wisconsin.

Walk On hosts a Peggy Brown Centered Riding Clinic with the Visible Rider Presentation in Barrington, Illinois, from May 30 through June 1.

The Wisconsin Western Dressage Club has its Spring Open Trail Ride and Camping Weekend from May 30 to June 1 at the Nine Mile All Sport Resort in White Lake, Wisconsin.

Jo Belasco teaches clinics and lessons in Stacy, Minnesota, at Double Z Stables, with sessions scheduled from May 30 to June 2. *** This event has been canceled. ***

In Merrill, Wisconsin, the Merrill Riders Club has a Friday Night Gymkhana on May 30.

The Southern Wisconsin Buckskin Association (SWBA) runs an All Breed Open Show May 31 and June 1 at Jefferson Fair Park in Jefferson, Wisconsin.

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On May 31 and June 1, the American Competitive Trail Horse Association offers a Competitive Trail Challenge, hosted by Sunflower Farms in Bristol, Wisconsin.

Broken Cinch Saddle Club has an Open Show at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, on May 31 and June 1.

The Wisconsin Appaloosa Horse Club (WApHC) Annual Spring Fling Show is set for May 31 and June 1 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Circle T Saddle Club presents a Speed Fun Show on May 31, followed by a Come as You Are Pleasure Show on June 1 in Thorp, Wisconsin.

On May 31 and June 1, the Illinois Paint Horse Association (IPtHA) Paint-o-Rama goes on at Gordyville USA in Gifford, Illinois.

Chicago Joust features a free Unarmored Games and Joust Foundation Equestrian Clinic May 31 at June 1 at Diamond Acres in Woodstock, Illinois.

Shelly Reichart leads a Dressage Clinic in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, at Paradigm Farm, presented by the Wisconsin Dressage and Combined Training Association (WDCTA) on May 31 and June 1.

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.

In Glenwood City, Wisconsin, Galloping Hills Equestrian Center offers a Resistance Free Riding Clinic with Richard Shrake on May 31 and June 1.

The 3rd Annual Summer Sizzle All Breed Open and Speed Show takes place May 31 and June 1 at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

On May 31, the Northern Stock Horse Organization (NSHO) Spring Show runs at Rimoe Ranch in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

Spring Grove Horse Fair Park boasts an Open Hunter Jumper Show on May 31 in Spring Grove, Illinois.

In Rice Lake, Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Horse Council (WHC) District One Horse Show runs at the Barron County Fairgrounds on May 31.

Casey Saddle Club has its Youth Show May 31 and an Open Speed Show June 1 at Casey Fairview Park in Casey, Illinois.

On June 1, the Branch River Riding Club 50th Annual Open Horse Show goes on at the Manitowoc County Expo Grounds in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

In Hampshire, Illinois, a Fox Valley Saddle Association (FVSA) Mini Event / Combined Test is set for June 1.

Show bills and flyers for this week’s horse highlights may be found in the accompanying photo slideshow. Enlarge the page, if needed, for easier viewing.

The R-B Riders hold a Pleasure and Speed Show on June 1 at Fleming Field in Bangor, Wisconsin.

In Elk Mound, Wisconsin, a Wild Bill’s Riders show is scheduled for June 1.

The North East Wisconsin Dressage Association (NEWDA) has an Eastern Chapter Dressage Schooling Show set for June 1 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in West Bend, Wisconsin.

Winners Sircle Stables adds a June 3 event to its 3rd Annual Summer Barrel Racing Series in Union Grove, Wisconsin.

In Mauston, Wisconsin, the 2014 Woodside Ranch Gymkhana Series continues with competition on June 3.

These Midwestern equestrian events may require advance reservations, signups, and entry fees.

Late changes and cancellations occasionally happen. Generally, equestrian participants and spectators are advised to call horse show and event venue to confirm event times and other details.

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