5 Horse Events You Have To Attend Before You Die


The wonderful thing about horses is that regardless of what discipline you are involved in, you appreciate the hard work and dedication that other equestrians put into their sport of choice.  Here is a list of the top 5 equestrian events in North America that you must attend in your lifetime that you are sure to enjoy, whether you ride English, western, drive or anything in between!


1. Kentucky Derby

Held on the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby is the first race in the Triple Crown (followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes). It is open to 3 year old Thoroughbreds and is 1 ¼ mile long.  Often called the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, it is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. Even if you are into horses, there are many other events and traditions that you can take part in, such as drinking a mint julep while wearing your most extravagant hat. https://www.kentuckyderby.com/

2. The Calgary Stampede

“The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” is held in July in Calgary, Alberta and is a mix of rodeo, festival, and exhibition. In addition to the traditional rodeo events there are also concerts, a huge parade, chuck wagon racing, agricultural competitions and a midway.  This is not just any old backyard rodeo though.  Contestants are competing for prizes of $100,000 in each discipline and $1,000,000 in total is given out on championship day alone! http://www.calgarystampede.com/


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3. Rolex Three Day Event

Held at the Kentucky Horse Park the week before the Kentucky Derby, Rolex is the only regularly held 4* eventing competition in the Western Hemisphere (this is the same level of eventing at the Olympics and the World Equestrian Games). Although it’s history is to take place over three days, it actually takes place over four, with dressage on both Thursday and Friday, cross-country on Saturday and show-jumping on Sunday.  Part of the Grand Slam of Eventing along with Badminton and Burghley (both held in England), the rider able to consecutively win all three events takes home an additional $350,000 along with their winnings from each event. http://rk3de.org/


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4. The National Finals Rodeo (NFR)

You can only imagine what a rodeo in Las Vegas is going to be like! Cowboys and cowgirls compete for the world title in this event held each year during the first full week of December.  Alongside the rodeo, Cowboy Christmas is also held, which is shopping heaven! With over 440,000 square feet of vendors, you’re sure to find that perfect gift you are looking for. Concerts by big name country artists and the Miss Rodeo America Pageant are also held.  http://www.prorodeo.com/prorodeo/wrangler-national-finals-rodeo


5. The Royal Horse Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Held each November in Toronto, this annual event has something for everyone.  Named North America’s #1 indoor equestrian event, the horse show showcases a number of equestrian sports from jumping, indoor eventing, dressage, rodeo, driving, and entertainment acts.  Running concurrently with the horse show are a number of agricultural competitions, food tastings and demonstrations, trade show and much more. This is an event not to be missed!  http://www.royalfair.org/


August 6, 2016 |

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