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Utah’s horse world; September equine events in and around the Wasatch front

Horses love the wide open space of eventing's cross-country phase.
Horses love the wide open space of eventing's cross-country phase.
photo by Sarah Robertson, with Savannah and Tuffy

As summer comes to an end, the fun and interesting equine events don’t slow down throughout the greater Salt Lake area.

Are you familiar with the exciting sport of eventing? This demanding discipline offers terrific variety for both horse and rider! Comprised of three phases (dressage; an intricate, well-schooled ballet on horseback, show jumping; a series of jumps across a small course within an arena, and cross country; horse and rider gallop across open fields, negotiating a variety of obstacles such as logs, assorted jumps and water hazards) eventing is a true test of skill and bravery. Some of the smaller local eventing competitions include just two phases; jumping and dressage.

This coming Saturday (September 6, 2014) 3 Peas in a Pony will host a 2-phase eventing competition at Northfield Stables in Heber, Utah. Set amongst one of our area’s most scenic venues, this eventing show will include jumping (there’s even a trot pole class for beginner riders or their ultra-green horses) and dressage. The 3 Peas' event will not include the traditional cross-country phase. While entries are now closed to participants, all are invited to come up, watch, and cheer on our local eventers. There is no fee for spectators. Directions and the property address can be located on the Northfield Stables' website.

On Saturday, September 27, Lynnleigh Farms in Sandy, Utah (located just off of State Street near 10700 South) will also hold a fun 2-phase event. Entries are still open for those who wish to compete. The entry cost of $50 includes the grounds fee and both the dressage and jumping classes. There is no cost to spectators. The lowest jumps at this show will be the "grasshopper’s" cross rail (no trot poles). This pastoral stable is set well back off the busy street. From 10600 S, turn onto State Street (going South). Look for the large white mailbox on the east side of the road near 10700 South. Turn into the long driveway; be sure to close the gate behind you as your drive through! Watch for horses and riders while locating a parking space.

Additional information about this month’s eventing competitions can be found on the Wasatch Range Eventing Association’s website, or on the website for 3 Peas in a Pony. You may wish to connect with both groups on Facebook as well.

If western disciplines are more to your liking, you’ll want to check out the cutting horse event at Farmington’s Legacy arena. Scheduled for Friday, September 19 and Saturday, September 20, this competition will feature some of the region’s most accomplished cutters and their talented, well-bred horses. Take a look at the Legacy Event Center website for times, directions and additional details! There is plenty of parking on either the north end or south end parking lot of this Davis County facility. Inside you’ll find ample seating and one of the best concession stands north of Salt Lake!

Utah's horse world always offers plenty of fascinating activity for fans of both western and english sports. Take some time to come out and cheer on our hard working local athletes!