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Utah’s horse world – Shows and fun events for Salt Lake horse fans

Roping, barrel racing, horse shows and more can be enjoyed this weekend!
Roping, barrel racing, horse shows and more can be enjoyed this weekend!photo by Kelly Petersen-Hammer with Sarah and Lily

Horse friends and fans have plenty to look forward to this weekend (July 25 – 27). Rodeos, horse shows and assorted equine events are always in full swing during the summertime and this week is no exception.

On the heels of many festive Pioneer Day celebrations, we have the 14th annual “10 Saddle Blowout” Team Roping event at the Legacy Center in Farmington. Events take place today (Friday, July 25) as well as tomorrow (Saturday, July 26) with roping to begin at 10:00 a.m. both days. For those who are interested in participating, current USTRC cards are required. Find more details and information online at zdroping.com or call Zane Dansie, ZD Cattle Company, at 801-599-1238. Entry fees are affordable and spectators watch for free!

Barrel racing will take place at the Salt Lake Equestrian Center on Saturday the 26th from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m. in the outdoor arena (arena #5). Always fun to watch, these races are even more fun for those who’d rather ride! The UTBRA entry fees are affordable for racing and lower still for time only runs. Find out more by looking at the Utah Barrel Racing Association’s website. If you’ve walked and trotted your horses skillfully around the barrels at home and feel like it’s time to try out the pattern at a lope, sign up for a time only slot. Already patterned and loping at home? Sign up to race and see what that pony can do when you let him run. Free for spectators, these local barrel races are sure to offer a good time for all!

Just down the road from the Salt Lake Eq park, at Vista Farms in West Jordan, another one of their fun shows will take place on Saturday. Beginning bright and early at 9:00 a.m. these well-run and welcoming shows offer classes in both English and Western, in-hand and under saddle, with class divisions for varying age groups, kids and adults. All breeds are welcome! Entry fees are just $5 per class plus a $10 grounds fee (pay in the office and sign up on site when you arrive). There is no cost for spectators.

South of the greater Salt Lake area, the Blackhawk arena in Salina is hosting the Rose Circuit AQHA show. View the show bill and class schedule at www.showofficeservices.com. Be sure to visit the Burns Saddlery store for a terrific selection of well-made tack, beautiful saddles and western apparel if you make the trip down to Salina.

West of the Wasatch front we have an all-breed horse show in Tooele at the Deseret Peak event center. A variety of classes including in-hand (halter and showmanship) and under saddle events are offered for amateur riders of all ages. If you want to participate, you can sign up at the event center at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26. Classes begin at 9:00 in the morning. Spectators are welcome and there is no charge for those who simply wish to watch.

For those who prefer to appreciate the equine species from a more intellectual perspective, we recommend a visit to the Natural History Museum of Utah where you can experience their exhibition “The Horse” from NYC’s famous American Museum of Natural History. Opened this month in Salt Lake, the exhibit is scheduled to run through January 4, 2015.

Located at 301 Wakara Way (up on the east bench) the museum is open daily at 10 a.m., closing at 5 p.m. each day except for Wednesday, when extended hours are offered through 9:00 in the evening. If you partake of this large and artifact-rich exhibit on the weekend, be sure to see the presentation “From the Horse’s Mouth” (12:00 - 2:00 p.m.).

Along with fossils, dioramas and digital interactives, the exhibition includes displays of tack, armor and equestrian items from eras dating as far back as medieval times.

Focusing on the deep and beneficial bond between humans and horses across the ages, the exhibit allows viewers to look closely at the evolution and eventual domestication of the species. Visitors can familiarize themselves with equine anatomy and even use an interactive screen to experience the horse’s unique field of vision. A special portion of the exhibit has been created to learn about the role horses played in the Utes’ tribal history.

Purchasing a membership to the museum is a very economical way to enjoy their many wonderful exhibits and support the cultural opportunities it affords our city. For more information or directions, please visit the nhmu website.

Whether watching, riding in one of our area’s many shows and events, or learning about these majestic animals via the exceptional equine exhibit at the natural history museum, we hope you make horses a part of your weekend plans. Enjoy!