6 Things to Do in May

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

JOIN some 160,000 spectators at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, May 2–6, in South Gloucestershire, England. The world-class four-star event attracts top competitors from around the globe; www.badminton-horse.co.uk.

The Devon Horse Show in Devon, PA is an annual tradition and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. Amy K. Dragoo/AIMMEDIA

CHEER ON student athletes as they vie for team and individual titles at the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championships, May 3–6, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA; www.ihsainc.com.

EXPERIENCE the pageantry of the Run for the Roses, May 5, as Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, hosts the 144th renewal of the Kentucky Derby. A field of 20 Thoroughbreds will thunder 1¼ miles around the racetrack during this first leg of the Triple Crown; www.kentuckyderby.com.

ATTEND the annual Virginia Gold Cup steeplechase classic, May 5, in The Plains, VA. In addition to a full slate of exciting races, enjoy tailgating, a hat contest and more; www.vagold

KICK OFF the first week of the HITS-on-the Hudson Series, May 23–27, in Saugerties, NY. Some $3 million in prize money will be awarded during eight weeks of competition that will include biweekly grands prix, USEF Premier and National-rated hunters and five- and six-star jumpers; www.hitsshows.com.

VISIT the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States, the Devon Horse Show, May 24–June 3, in Devon, PA. Watch the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon, both in the Dixon Oval, May 31; www.devonhorseshow.net.

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