2017 Summer Horse Shows Preview

By Intern Vyla Carter


With the start of the Devon Horse Show, the summer shows are fast approaching. Here’s a glimpse into some of the most popular summer show series of the 2017 season:


The Colorado Horse Park’s Summer in the Rockies series is the place to be for the hunter and jumper riders all throughout the West. With seven weeks of rated shows, Summer in the Rockies provides numerous divisions and classes for any level of horse and rider, with Grand Prix competitions and Hunter Derbies to beginner divisions. Every week of the series hosts a Grand Prix and Welcome Stake. Three National Hunter Derbies and National Pony Hunter derbies will also be throughout the series as well as an International Hunter Derby and two Jumper Derbies.

With its grand opening this spring, HITS Balmoral replaces Lamplight as the venue of the Showplace Spring Spectacular, Showplace Summertime, and Showplace End of Summer series. Located outside of Chicago, Balmoral Park is a renovated race track that includes a Grandstand, providing plenty of VIP and regular seating. The shows there include multiple Grand Prix competitions and Jumper Classics, as well as National and International derbies for the hunters. The park will also offer several FEI rated events during the End of Summer Series.


HITS Saugerties is another HITS series, but located in New York. From May 24th to September 10th, HITS Saugerties will provide the East Coast with eight weeks of horse showing. The eight weeks are busy with some of the Summer’s premier showing events, including a $1 Million Grand Prix, USEF Junior Hunter Championship- East, and The North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. Along with these events the shows there will include hunter and jumper divisions and classes.


Starting with two weeks of the Country Heir Horse Show, The Kentucky Horse Park will play host to plenty of shows this summer for equestrians in the Midwest. Famous for its Friday night donkey races, the Country Heir series will include two International derbies and plenty of big jumper classes. Kentucky Horse Shows LLC. will also host five shows throughout the summer, including USEF Pony Finals in August. The Hagyard Challenge series and International Derby Finals will also be seen at the horse park this summer.


Known as “the equestrian Disney world” to some, Tryon International Equestrian Center is one of the most outstanding venues in the nation. Located in North Carolina, Tryon’s Summer series will have eight hunter/jumper shows. The series will include multiple Saturday Night Light Grand Prix competitons with international riders. Throughout the series traditional divisions will be held, as well as FEI classes, national and international derbies, and more.


Although these shows are some of the most well known they are not the only shows that will be taking place this summer. Lake Placid Horse Shows, World Equestrian Summer Series, Sonoma Horse Park, and many others will host plenty of more hunter and jumper shows this season.