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Roebke's Run horse trials are July 13-14 at Magister Equitum Stables near Hector, Minn.

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HECTOR -- Organizers say more than 155 participants, and more than 170 horses, from the five-state area and Canada are expected to compete in the third annual Roebke's Run horse trials this weekend near Hector.

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The event is at Magister Equitum Stables, which is located 8 miles south of Hector on County Road 4. Eventing is an equestrian sport in which competitors must take part in each of several contests, usually cross-country, dressage and show jumping.

Riders will compete in six divisions ranging from starter to intermediate. Saturday events begin at 7 a.m. with dressage, the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility and balance.

The cross-country competition will begin at 11 a.m., after the dressage award ceremony. A golf cart service will be available at the concessions area to bring visitors and viewers to the new water complex area giving them the best location to observe multiple cross-country jumps.

Stadium ring show-jumping events will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday and will conclude at approximately 4 p.m. A total of 32 jumps have been added to the upgraded course.

"We're really excited that this event has continued to show enormous popularity among competing riders from all over the country," said show organizer Julie Schweiss in a news release. "The reputation of our expanded facility, which can now stable 228 horses, and how we run a well-organized show is bringing in the largest contingent of riders to date and we look for those numbers to grow even more in the future."

More than 30 individuals, from judges to the stadium crew, coordinate their efforts for the two-day event.

Riders and their families, as well as members of the public are invited come to watch beautiful horses compete on the course and within the stadium ring.

There is no charge for admission and members of the public are encouraged to make it a family outing.

For more information, visit www.magisterequitum.com or at www.SchweissStables.com or call Julie Schweiss or Brook Schweiss-Mead at 320-894-8831.

-- Staff reports

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