A few fun equestrian events are scheduled for this weekend in the greater Salt Lake area.
Ogden’s Golden Spike Event Center will once again be home to the annual Chicken 3-phase eventing competition.
Beginning bright and early at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, spectators can come up to watch the refined and elegant sport of dressage in the first phase of this wonderfully diverse sport.
The second phase will be the stadium jumping, wherein skilled equestrians leap their horses over a series of jumps that range in height from 18” to over 3’ (depending on the skill and experience of the pair).
Riders and their athletic equine partners then move on to the cross-country course for the third phase of this exciting event. On the XC field, daring participants gallop and jump over an assortment of obstacles, each vying for the fastest time. Rumor has it that menacing gator-toads reside in the water obstacles, although we have no photographic evidence at this time.
Scores for all three disciplines are added up and tallied to determine the event’s overall winner in each category.
Salt Lake horsemanship fans who prefer to stay closer to town may want to visit the Utah Wild Horse & Burro Festival. This popular event begins on Friday, May 31, and runs through Saturday, June 1, at the South Jordan equestrian center on 2200 West.
One of the featured events for the 2013 festival will be the “Trainer Challenge”, with six skilled trainers competing in five classes with their young and green four-year-old mustangs. Each trainer has had their mustang for 60 days (the horses had received no prior training or handling preceding their placement with the assigned trainer).
Following the Freestyle class, all Trainer Challenge horses will go up for adoption. This is a wonderful opportunity for experienced, calm, confident and patient horsemen /women (who truly understand the mind and individual needs of this very special breed) to connect with a potentially amazing equine partner.
For more information about the Utah Wild Horse & Burro Festival, please visit the BLM website.
How about attending (to watch OR participate) a playful, close-to-home schooling show? Venture no further than Vista Farms (conveniently located close to Bangerter in West Jordan) for this Saturday’s schooling show, featuring both English, Western and in-hand classes for riders of all ages and experience levels!
Check out the Vista Farm website for more information about the show, its affordable entry fees and assorted class times (the show begins at 9 a.m.). Candice Young will be judging the event, and organizers have added enticing new prizes to the Vista award store.
Remember, if you’re looking for a terrific and friendly place to board, Vista features wonderful young riding instructors, an encouraging, family-friendly atmosphere, reliable horse care and some beautiful Arabian horses!
If you already have daytime plans but are looking for some Saturday night excitement, head down to the Salt Lake equestrian center’s outdoor arena at 6 p.m. on June 1 to watch another fast and fun UTBRA barrel race!
Always a fan-friendly event, barrel racing features some brave and skilled riders with their speedy horses.
Pick your equestrian sport of choice and come out to cheer on our local competitors!