Springtime’s here and it’s time to brush off that winter mud and get back in the saddle. What better way to wake up your skills and enjoy some horseback fun than participating in a local schooling show?
Schooling shows are terrific for horse and rider alike; you get to play with like-minded peers, gain some valuable feedback from judges and give your horse exposure to an active environment with new sights and sounds.
Tomorrow (April 16) Rockin E Farms in West Bountiful will hold an open show starting at 9 a.m. Visit their Facebook page for more details.
Next Saturday (April 23) Vista Farms in West Jordan (located just east of Bangerter on 3400 West) will hold its spring fun show. English classes commence at 9 a.m. followed by a noon lunch break, in hand events and an afternoon of western fun, including in-hand and under saddle trail classes! The entry fee for classes is just $10 each plus a $5 office fee. There is no grounds fee. Dress is casual; no need for fancy apparel or polished show tack. All riders 18 and under must wear a helmet. These shows are always so much fun for both horse and rider.
The environment at the Vista shows is inviting, relaxed and encouraging, no matter your level of experience.
If you’ve ever wanted to show but have been put off by the idea of a high-pressure setting, you’re sure to enjoy the Vista Farms fun show! Along with the ribbons, there will be two trophy classes and a high-points grand prize (a saddle!) for winners in both the adult and youth age groups.
The annual Art City Days Hometown Rodeo queen contest is scheduled for April 30 at the Springville arena, located at 767 W. 1600 S. The event begins at 10 a.m. and the pattern will be posted half an hour prior, at 9:30. Take a look at the Utah Horse Show and Event Facebook or call the Hobble Creek Riding Club (Ranae (801-376-9365 or Jackie 801-830-5028) if interested. Youth ages 12 -16 are invited to compete in the queening competition while younger riders (ages 11 and under) may participate to take the princess title.
Area equestrians and horse fans in general may want to attend the Salt Lake County Town Hall Meeting on Monday April 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Salt Lake Equestrian Park’s indoor arena. City council members seek to close or repurpose the land of this active equestrian center on the grounds that the facility does not pay for itself. All are invited to come out to voice their opinion on the options to retain or dissolve the equestrian park. Topics on the table at this time are; maintaining the facility as-is, reducing the services offered on site, increasing the service offerings or simply shutting down the equestrian venue and converting the land into a type of for-profit regional park. The address for the equestrian park is: 11400 S 2200 W in South Jordan, Utah.
If you do see value in having a local equestrian park and would like to show your support, you’re strongly encouraged to attend if at all possible. The more supporters on hand to champion the cause to save this facility, the better. Mayor Ben MacAdams and the county council will be in attendance. Elected officials can be contacted if anyone would like to call or email and put in a good word for the preservation of the equestrian park. Aimee Winder has been especially active in the movement to close down the park due to the claimed lack of revenue, despite the popularity of the facility amongst active local equestrians. Here are the names, phone numbers and email addresses for the council members who may appreciate your concerned opinion:
Aimee Winder Newton District 3 (385) 468-7456 email@example.com
Jenny Wilson Member at Large (385) 468-7451 firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Snelgrove – Chair Member at Large (385)468-7452 email@example.com
Jim Bradley Member at Large (385) 468-7453 firstname.lastname@example.org
Arlyn Bradshaw District 1 (385) 468-7454 email@example.com
Michael H. Jensen District 2 (385) 468-7455 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Granato District 4 (385) 468-7457 email@example.com
Steve DeBry District 5 (385) 468-7458 firstname.lastname@example.org
Max Burdick District 6 (385) 468-7459 email@example.com
A Facebook page and website have been created for those interested in involvement as well.