6 Things to Do in September

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

SUPPORT competitors from Beginner Novice through Advanced as they vie for year-end titles at the USEA American Eventing Championships, Aug. 30–Sept. 2, at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO; www.useventing.com/aec.

WATCH top eventers gallop cross country at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Aug. 30–Sept. 2, in Lincolnshire, England. The event is one of only six CCI**** competitions worldwide; www.burghley-horse.co.uk.

SEE hunters and jumpers compete for big prize money during the HITS Championship, Sept. 5–9, in Saugerties, NY. Highlights include the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final and the Saugerties $500,000 Grand Prix CSI*****; www.hitsshows.com.

ROOT FOR Junior and Young riders during the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West, Sept. 20–22, in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The multi-phase competition gives riders an opportunity to show off their skills in the show-jumping arena and concludes with a head-to-head final among the top contenders; www.usef.org.

ENJOY world-class competition in a charming and historic setting as Dressage at Devon unfolds Sept. 25–30 in Devon PA. The event is also the site of the world’s largest open breed show. Plus, there is shopping and special activities for families; www.dressageatdevon.org.

EXPERIENCE world-class show jumping at historic Old Salem Farm during the American Gold Cup, Sept. 26–30, in North Salem, NY. The prestigious event also includes shopping on Boutique Row and a range of family fun, such as pony rides and face painting; www.theamericangoldcup.com.

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