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Utah’s horse world; upcoming August horse shows and events

Enjoy the fun of jumping with UHJA hunter/ jumper shows and WREA events!
Enjoy the fun of jumping with UHJA hunter/ jumper shows and WREA events! ~ Sarah Robertson, with Savannah and Tuffy

August is known for being Utah’s hottest month, and the equestrian activity across the Wasatch front doesn’t cool down one bit this month.

August is a hot month for horse shows across the Wasatch front!
August is a hot month for horse shows across the Wasatch front!photo by Meisja Wagner (with Sarah Terrien Robertson and Indy)

August 9, 2014. Take a look at the UHJA calendar to find details about the upcoming jumper and hunter events. On Saturday August 9, Rose Ranch stables will host a jumper show, with classes designed for riders from beginners on up to seasoned experts. The following week, August 14 – 17, Rose Ranch will hold their hunter show. The schedules for both can be found, along with entry forms, on the UHJA calendar of events. For more information, you may also call Barbara Wicks, phone 801.942.3591.

August 9 – 10, 2014. Millbrook Farms’ Summer Dressage Festival takes place from August 9 through the 10th at their pristine facility in Fairfield. Riders and spectators alike will appreciate the pastoral ambience of the Lawrence family’s premier dressage facility. See the Utah Dressage Society’s online calendar or go directly to the Millbrook Farms website to learn more.

August 13, 2014. Lynnleigh Farms will host their Twilight schooling (dressage) show on Wednesday, August 13. Riders wishing to participate are required to sign up with entries postmarked no later than seven days prior to the show date or entries will be subject to a late fee. The UDS site offers additional information, or you may contact organizer Nance Allen either by email (nance@xmission.com) or phone 801.274.1288.

August 16, 2014. Ready for some adventurous outdoor riding? No fancy breeches or tall boots required; the Extreme Cowboy competitions at Pegasus Event Center (out west in Grantsville, Utah) invite rides who like variety, obstacles, wide open spaces and a lot of fun. Entries are due on August 8 for this playful and exciting event. Visit the event center's user-friendly website to learn more!

August 23, 2014. For a fun show experience (all riders in any discipline are welcome), Vista Farms will host another one of their popular schooling shows on Saturday, August 23. The classes begin at 9 a.m., featuring a variety of events for the English riders. Classes are conveniently divided for beginners and experienced equestrians, adults and youth. Walk-trot classes are offered for those who don’t feel ready to canter yet in the competitive arena. Affordable entry fees (just $5 per class) and a grounds fee of $10 make this a cost-effective way to try out the show pen. After a mid-day lunch break, the event commences with western and in-hand classes. See the Vista Farms website for more information. Sign-up on site the day of the event if you wish to participate.

August 23 -24, 2014. Mark the dates for the Promontory Jumper Show, to be held at the lovely and well-appointed Promontory Equestrian Center on Ranch Club Trail, in Park City, UT. With temperatures roughly 10 degrees lower than the greater Salt Lake Valley, Park City is always a wonderful spot to escape the summer heat. The Utah Hunter Jumper Association website includes a link to the show’s schedule, entry forms and prize list. You can also contact organizer Janna Hambor at 801.455.0951.

August 30, 2014. Zephyr Ranch, located in scenic Salem, UT (just one short our south of Salt Lake) will hold a schooling show on August 30. Schedules for their classes and the official entry form can again be located online, courtesy of the UHJA website.

August 30, 2014. The final Saturday of this month is also the date for the much-anticipated Pumpkin event, hosted by the Wasatch Range Eventing association. Visit the WREA website to locate the entry form and to find additional information about the competition. Schooling rounds are scheduled for the previous day (Friday, August 29). This friendly and welcoming group will be hosting a competitor potluck following the Pumpkin at 7 p.m. in front of Barn A. BYOB and a chair, enjoy burgers, brats, salads and some terrific company. Want to learn more about joining the WREA? See membership information (and even sign up!) online.