6 Things to Do in August

Practical Horseman's top picks for horsey events, competition and fun for the month of August.

CHECK OUT Practical Horseman’s lead-up coverage to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (Sept. 11–23 in Tryon, North Carolina) all during the month of August. Announcements, photos, exclusive interviews and more will be featured on Prac’s social-media channels and its website; www.practicalhorsemanmag.com.

WATCH as ponies and riders from across the country compete for hunter, jumper and equitation championship titles during the USEF Pony Finals, Aug. 7–12, in Lexington, KY; www.ponyfinals.org.

FOLLOW Prac Associate Editor Jocelyn Pierce as she competes in the longest and toughest horse race in the world, the Mongol Derby, Aug. 8–17. Go to www.mongolderby.com for live tracking and updates on the race’s 40 participants as they cover some 600 miles of rugged Mongolian terrain on native horses. For daily reports on
Jocelyn, go to www.practicalhorsemanmag.com.

ATTEND the $100,000 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, Aug. 16–18, in Lexington, KY, to see qualified pairs compete over two rounds, starting with the Classic Hunter course, where scores will determine participation in either the Handy Hunter round or the Derby Challenge; www.ushja.org.

HEAD TO Lamplight Equestrian Center, in Wayne, IL, Aug. 21–26, for the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions. The event showcases top riders and horses and is held in conjunction with the Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships and the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals; www.usef.org.

EXPERIENCE one of America’s largest and most prestigious outdoor horse shows, the Hampton Classic Horse Show, Aug. 26–Sept. 2, in Bridgehampton, NY. Watch top jumpers vie for big prize money in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI**** on Sept. 2; www.hamptonclassic.com.

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