May 5 -- Kentucky Derby morning breakfast track side where you can watch morning training of the horses at Finger Lakes Race Track. More info at: www.fltap.org/events
May 5 -- Kentucky Derby party and fundraiser 3:30-7 p.m. at the National Museum of Racing, Saratoga Springs. Live airing of the Derby. Wine, beer and spirits plus Derby-inspired dishes. More info and tickets at Eventbrite
May 6 -- Ranch Rodeo series, in conjunction with Lake Country Horsemen's Association, at Diamond T Ranch, 12929 South Butler Road, Savannah.
May 6 -- If Only Farm Spring Horse Show, Wood Road, Freeville. More information at ifonlyfarm.com
May 11-13 -- Bring in Spring Horse Show, part of the Bridle Path Manor Super Series, at the New York State Fairgrounds Coliseum, Syracuse.
May 12 -- The Haven at Skanda's Little Moe 5K Walk/Run for Horse Rescue at Green Lakes STate Park, Fayetteville. Register at: runsignup.com/Race/NY/Fayetteville/LittleMoe
May 12-13 -- Spring Kickoff Classic, Chemung County Fairgounds, Elmira. AQHA, PHPB and ApHC classes, plus open, youth and all-breed divisions. More info at winningweekends.com
May 13 -- Trail ride at Crosswinds Farm. 1493 Peth Road, Manlius. Open to the public; hosted by Limestone Creek Hunt. Relaxed trail ride through Cazenovia. All levels of riders and discipline are welcome.
May 19-20 -- Cherry Valley Carriage Association presents a clinic with Robin Groves at the Cazenovia College Equine Education Center, Woodfield Road, Cazenovia, More info at cnydcta.org
May 23-Sept. 9 -- The HITS Saugerties Show Series welcomes equestrians for eight weeks of shows, $3 million in prize money, bi-weekly Grand Prix, qualifiers
for the HITS Championship, USEF Premier and National-Rated
Hunters, 5* and 6* Jumpers. In the fall, the HITS Championship
caps the series with hunter and jumper finals and the Saugerties
FEI CSI5* class. More information at hitsshows.com
May 25-27 -- New York Adventure Endurance Trail Ride. The ride is held in the Charles E Baker State Forest (otherwise known as the Brookfield Trail System). Base camp at Pure Country Campground, which has more information and sign up sheets.
May 27 -- Lewis County Fair open horse show at the county fairgrounds, Lowville.
June 8-10 Central New York Reining Horse Association Ride & Slide at the Toyota Coliseum, NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse. More information at CNYRHA.com
June 15-17 -- National Barrel Horse Association Syracuse Spectacular Super Show. More info at nbha.com/
June 22-24 -- Brookfield 50/30/15 Competitive Trail Ride at Pure Country Campground, New Berlin. Sponsored by the NYS Horse Council and sanctioned by the Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association. More information and entry forms from Joanna Lasher, email@example.com or at the ride's website.
June 26-July 1 -- The Lake Placid Horse Show, a Top 25 national competition, returns with $535,000 in prizes. More info at: lakeplacidhorseshow.com
June 27-30 -- American Saddlebred Horse Association 45th annual Syracuse International Horse Show, Toyota Coliseum, NYS Fairgrounds. Also saddle seat equitation, Hackney and Morgan classes. More information atashany.org.
June 30-July 1 -- NY Reined Cow Horse Association Cowboy Classic at Cazenovia College Equestrian Center, Woodfield Road, Cazenovia. National Reined Cow Horse Association sanctioned event. Green/Youth riders coached for free. Herd Work (cutting where you can rein them); Bridle classes for all levels; and a Ranch Horse Division. Walk/Trot Track & Box for little cowpokes. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 30-July 1 -- National Cow Horse Association Championship $500-added show at the Alfred University Equestrian Center, 5174 Lake Road, Alfred Station. Opportunities for seasoned competitors and first-timers alike to have a chance to compete.
June 30-July 1 -- Clinic with show jumper Melanie Smith-Taylor, Trillium Stables. 2096 Berwyn Road, Lafayette, More info at their website.
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July 3-8 -- The I Love New York Horse Show, a Top 25 national competition, returns with $535,000 in prizes. More info at: lakeplacidhorseshow.com
July 4-8 -- Certified Horsemanship Association Instructor's Clinic at Whisper Wind Equestrian Center, Rome. More info whisperwindequestrian.com
July 6 -- Luke Reinbold Confidence Building Clinic at Pure Country Campground. More information at purecountrycampground.com
July 9-11 -- Certified Horsemanship Association's 20-hour certification clinic in Equine Facility Management at Whisper Wind Equestrian Center, Rome. More info at whisperwindequestrian.com
July 20-22 Lorenzo Driving Competition, Lorenzo State Historic Site, Cazenovia. New this year: A third day of driven dressage and timed country drive with cones course. More information at lorenzodriving.org
July 20-22 -- Women on the Edge trail ride at Pure Country Campground.
July 21-22 -- Central New York Reining Horse Association Summer Slide and Ranch Riding Clinic at Cazenovia College Equestrian Center, Cazenovia. More information at CNYRHA.com
July 28-29 -- CNY Dressage & Combined Training Association hosts National Education Initiative Clinic with Courtney King Dye at the Cazenovia College Equestrian Center, Cazenovia. More info atcnydcta.org
August 2-5 -- Attica Rodeo 61st annual show, Exchange Street Arena, Attica. Each rodeo starts with the Grand Entry and bronc riding and ends with bull riding. More information at atticarodeo.com
August 4-5 -- NY Reined Cow Horse Association Cowgirl Classic at Cazenovia College Equestrian Center, Woodfield Road, Cazenovia. National Reined Cow Horse Association sanctioned event. Green/Youth riders coached for free. Herd Work (cutting where you can rein them); Bridle classes for all levels; and a Ranch Horse Division. Walk/Trot Track & Box for little cowpokes. For more information contact email@example.com
August 10-12 -- Summer Time Fun Horse Show, part of the Bridle Path Manor Super Series, at the New York State Fairgrounds Coliseum, Syracuse.
August 11-12 -- Central New York Reining Horse Association Summer Slidin' By show at Cazenovia College Equestrian Center, Cazenovia. More information at CNYRHA.com
August 17-19 -- Northeast Region NACMO Ride (Mounted Orienteering). Clinics and competitive ride at Pure Country Campground, New Berlin. More information on the sport at the National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering.
August 18-19 US Eventing Association recognized horse trials sponsored by Genesee Valley Riding and Driving Club, horse trials grounds, Geneseo. More information at gvrdc.org
August 22 - Sept. 3 -- The New York State Fair horse show returns to Syracuse with two weeks of classes for all breeds and disciplines. More information at the state fair website, including updates on construction of a new show venue..
August 24-26 -- Gary Lane Gaited Horse Clinic at Pure Country Campground, New Berlin. Clinics are for all gaited horse riders who want to understand, feel and train for smooth easy gaits. A mix of general horsemanship techniques and principles of classical riding. More info at purecountrycampground.com
Sept. 9 -- Limestone Creek Hunt Opening Meet and Parade of Hounds. Parade goes through the village of Cazenovia to the Lorenzo State Historic site. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 11 -- Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the New York State Horse Council at HITS Saugerties. More info at NYSHC.org
Sept. 12-15 -- New York Morgan Regional Championship Horse Show, New York State Fairgrounds Coliseum, Syracuse. More information at theirshow page.
Sept. 15 -- Jeff Dye Memorial Leukemia Ride, Pure Country Campground, New Berlin. Annual Ride to benefit Leukemia Lymphoma society.
Sept. 20-23 Region 8 Championships/New England Dressage Association Fall Festival, HITS showgrounds, Saugerties. More information at neda.org
Sept. 26-30 -- The American Gold Cup CSI4*-W show jumping classic returns to Old Salem Farm in North Salem for the seventh consecutive year
Oct. 12-14 -- Stepping Stone Horse Show, part of the Bridle Path Manor Super Series, at the New York State Fairgrounds Coliseum, Syracuse.
Oct. 13 and 14 -- North American Police Equestrian Council 2018 mounted competition will be held at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg
Oct. 19-21 -- Central New York Reining Horse Association Fall Classic and CNYRHA and NEBT Futurity at the Toyota Coliseum, NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse. More information: CNYRHA.com
Oct. 24-28 HITS Indoor Championship, hunter and equitation classes for junior and amateur riders, fence heights from 2’ to 3’6". Inaugural show at the new Expo Center at the state fairgrounds. More information athitsshows.com
DATES TO MARK ON YOUR EQUINE CALENDAR
Photo by Michael Davis