President's Message

  • February 2016 | President's Message

    Board members at the first UHJA meeting in 2016 had plenty of important items to discuss starting with results of the January banquet.  Over 200 diners attended the festivities, aptly emceed by Mariah O’Malley at the downtown Marriot, on Saturday, January 10.  Winning riders picked up a variety of prizes including traditional  embroidered wool coolers and leather halters with personalized name plates.  The silent auction with over 60 gifts to bid on brought the club close to $4,000 to be awarded as prize money in this years UHJA horse shows.

    Following a discussion of the banquet, the board voted unnanimously to move this years’ UHJA banquet date back onto a November or early December date.  Most board members said they preferred a date closer to the  October UHJA Medal Finals. This years’ banquet chairman Melissa Kovner and Mariah O’Malley will be checking out dates at the Marriot and other downtown venues.

    The club members in attendance also discussed the status of the SLC Equestrian Park which is currently being evaluated by the county.  An article in the February 9 issue of the Deseret News describes the current situation with the equestrian park and the possible changes that the county is studying.  Several clubs including the barrel racers and Arabians have circulated a petition in favor of promoting continued use of the park by equestrians. The UHJA agreed to join with other equestrian groups in favor of continuing and improving equine activities at the equestrian park.

    With regard to UHJA shows, the OTTB (off-the-track-thoroughbred) program offered by the Jockey Club was discussed.  We will be looking into adding TIPS (Thoroughbred Incentive Program) classes in UHJA shows during the 2016 show season. The Jockey Club offers prizes including cash for shows involved in the program.

    Trainers attending the meeting addressed possible improvements at UHJA horse shows in 2016 including better communications of class schedules. Jodi Ray proposed the UHJA put on a schooling show early in the season, possibly at the equestrian park. Rob Dean will be contacted as to the availability of dates.

    A tentative UHJA Horse Show Schedule was discussed and is now included on this website. The schedule is tentative but most shows are set with contracts signed. The calendar will become finalized on March 1, 2016. The next UHJA meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 23rd at Buca.  

    With regard to UHJA shows, the OTTB (off-the-track-thoroughbred) program offered by the Jockey Club was discussed.  We will be looking into adding TIPS (Thoroughbred Incentive Program) classes in UHJA shows during the 2016 show season. The Jockey Club offers prizes including cash for shows involved in the program.

Latest News

  • Mar 23 16

    Please mark your calendar! The Salt Lake County Council Members along with Mayor McAdams have set the Town Hall Meeting to address the future of the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park for Monday, April 25th 6:00 - 7:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Equestrian Park located at 2200 West 11400 South, South Jordan, UT 84095.  This is a public meeting with Mayor McAdams and Salt Lake County Council. Please plan to attend. Information regarding format, etc. coming soon. Invite every person you know

  • Feb 8 16

    Please check the calendar and make sure to mark yours! The 2016 UHJA tentative show schedule is posted. Keep checking back periodically as a few dates may change. The UHJA board is excited about the 2016 show season and looks forward to seeing both new and old members at shows this year. 

  • Dec 23 15

    The two Wayne Quarles clinics will be held May 6-8, 2016 and October 28-30, 2016. Each clinic is three days long, with the first day consisting of flat work, second day grids, and the third day is courses or cross country. Private dressage sessions are also available. The clinic cost is $250 for all three days, $200 for two days, and $100 per dressage session. To find out more, please contact Jaime Topham, Owner/Manager of Pegasus Event Center, 291 Race Street, Grantsville UT 84029; phone - 435-

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