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Utah's horse world - Weekend fun at the upcoming Pegasus jumper show

Watch for seasoned competitors, like Sussi Fellesen, in the Pegasus jumper show.
Watch for seasoned competitors, like Sussi Fellesen, in the Pegasus jumper show.
by Sarah Robertson, with Sussi Fellesen and Itzi

Adding fun to our horsemanship activities was the topic for our first article of 2014; what better way to bring enjoyment to your equine agenda than participating in (or watching) a local horse show?

The Pegasus Event Center (located on Race Street in Grantsville, Utah) will jump into the 2014 show season with one of their famously well-planned jumper shows on Saturday, January 11th.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the show starts promptly 30 minutes later (at 10:00 in the morning). The show will be held inside the large covered arena, which boasts some of the best footing in the state. No need to worry about snow, ice, or inclement weather. The climate at Pegasus is always warm and inviting!

Designed for English hunt-seat riders at all levels, this much-anticipated event will include special classes for off-the-track and breeding thoroughbreds, along with several not-at-all-scary intro classes to accomodate equestrians who may be starting out in the horse show environment. This early show offers something for everyone, absolute beginners up through seasoned local competitors.

The Jockey Club Incentive Program will sponsor "T.I.P." (Thoroughbred Incentive Program) classes, providing ribbons as well as series awards for the highest placing registered horse/rider pair in these special thoroughbred-only classes.

The T.I.P. was created to promote the retraining of thoroughbred horses in assorted disciplines, once their racing or breeding careers have come to an end. Riders are required to compete in four of the five Pegasus series shows to be eligible for a series award.

Please visit the program's website - - to find out if your horse qualifies, and to learn more about registration and assorted program details.

For all other classes, in addition to the T.I.P. participants, Pegasus will also offer series awards. As with the Jockey Club's T.I.P. requirements, competitors must show in four of the five scheduled jumper shows in order to maintain eligibility.

Prizes at the show will be given for first place, with ribbons being awarded to riders up to sixth place.

The Pegasus jumper show will include classes from trot poles (fun and unintimidating) to 3'3" jump classes. The show is open to children and adults alike, as well as any breed of horse. You do not need to be registered with any club or association to particpate in the non-T.I.P. classes.

When you visit the Pegasus Event Center's website and locate your entry form, you'll see additional information along with the class specifications.You can even pay your entry fees conveniently online!

Spectators are always welcome and there's no fee for those who come to watch. Directions to the event center can be found on their website. Plenty of parking out behind the indoor arena will accomodate your truck and trailer, plus there's plenty of parking for everyone who attends to cheer you on.

It's a new year. Why not start off with some horseback excitement!? Jump into the 2014 horse show season this weekend with this fun event at Pegasus on Saturday, January 11th.

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