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  • UHJA Show A Hit Despite 100 Degree Temperatures

    UHJA Show A Hit Despite 100 Degree Temperatures

    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!

    Barbara Wicks
    UHJA President

Latest News

  • Jun 30 15

    I am writing this letter today to every member of the UHJA to express the pride I have in my heart for this amazing organization. Annie Godfrey and I have just completed our first UHJA “A” rated horse show.

    As for many shows we had a few hiccups.

    But the members of our club came together at our show in a way that brought us together as more than a club, we were truly a family and everyone wanted the same thing. We wanted to have a horse show because we LOVE THIS SPORT!

    Our show was going well, bett

  • Jun 23 15

    Due to popular demand, a LEAD LINE class has been added to the UHJA Show Class List on Thursday, June 25. This class will be held after the Professional classes and before Cross Bar begins. Lead Line will be held in the warmup area of the Indoor arena while jump crew reset the arena course for Cross Bar warmup.

    IMPORTANT: We need to know how many kids are riding in Lead Line so we have prizes for each of them. Please text 801-808-1260 Vickie Cozzens with your rider's name by Thursday morning. T

  • Apr 8 15

    Check out the 2015 UHJA Rule Book which will also be sent to all members in the mail. Also, please check the Calendar in next couple of weeks for the tentative 2015 show schedule.

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