The Utah Hunter and Jumper Club’s 42nd Summer Classic Horse Show is now a wrap and the big time winner of the $1,000 Hunter Classic is 13-year old Gabriella Zupancic and her 10-year old Mecklenburg gelding, Swagger. Both $500 Jumper Classics (Low and High) were won by Elise Vandamme; she rode Denise Tilley’s 23 year old mare, Keepsake, to first place in the Low Classic and her own Bonjourno, a 9 year old Dutch warmblood, to the winner’s circle in the High section. The five day show, June 24-28, was judged by Rob Gage of Fallbrook, California in S. Jordan’s Equestrian park indoor arena. 97 horses entered the show which helped to fill most UHJA rated divisions. Temperatures over 100 degrees, electric power outages, a part-time-only concession stand and a new equestrian park management team tested many a participant’s sense of humor. Nevertheless, the show ended at 6 pm Sunday and UHJA Treasurer, Nancy Armantrout, believes the club may wind up with a slight profit! Ten new members joined UHJA during the horse show.
Day time show managers/announcers, Hillary Howe, Mariah O’Malley and Courtney Young kept the show running each day. Lacy Bizios brought great prizes and kept the awards table looking spiffy!. Allison Wick’s pie throwing contest raised $150 for the youth’s committee which purchases the sportsmanship award to be presented at the annual UHJA Banquet. (See pie throwing photos donated by Pam Olsen through out the newsletter.) Both paid and volunteer jump crew (including a number of UHJA trainers) helped keep the classes moving along at a decent pace. UHJA Horse show committee head, Anne Godfrey met recently with Equestrian Park/ SMG Management and is planning some changes to make the medal finals run smoothly.
The $1,000 Hunter Classic drew 17 entries with a couple of scratches, 15 horses competed over a 10 jump first round and a shorter 2nd course. Swagger, the UHJA Classic winner was acquired by Gabriella Zupancic last October and competed at Thermal in 2015 where they were named “Half Circuit” champions. Gabriella lives in Idaho and commutes to Utah where she trains with Jodi Ray. Of her student, Jodi says, “I am proud of how hard she works on her craft—always trying her best to follow instructions in the ring.” If you missed the classic, videos of the top five rounds may be seen on the UHJA website.
New and old UHJA sponsors paid up during the show some wanting to be included in the $100 annual sponsor drawing where the winner receives a gift card to Gastronomy restaurants. This year, Holly Dwyer of Alta Hills Tack was the lucky winner. Enjoy!
Join International Grand Prix rider Ragan Roberts for a clinic at Rose Ranch Stables October 1- 2, 2015. This clinic with acclaimed international Grand Prix rider has become very popular and spots will fill quickly! Open to hunter, jumper and equitation riders of all levels.
A select number of rider openings are available and thanks to the support of USHJA Zone 8, financial assistance is available to riders who need monetary help to participate in a clinic. The clinic cost is $200.00 for two da
Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International(RPSI) will be stopping at Silver Star Equestrian Center September 11, 2015; this will be their first time back to Utah in almost 10 years. Let’s make this a success and put Utah back on the map for RPSI! Sign up now to get your mares, foals and stallions inspected. Please take time to look at the many available options and breeds that are accepted and eligible for inspection:
In order to be registered RPSI, horses must meet certain ped
The Promontory Jumper Show will include a Jumper Medal (Class #16) that will occur in the morning right after the Children/Adult Jumper class (Class #3). It was left off of the premium/schedule by mistake. To view the entire schedule, click here.
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