Horse show cir­cuit open to horse en­thu­si­asts

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Becky Gasser

I own two horses. In the spring and sum­mer, I ride ev­ery day. Win­ter is more dif­fi­cult. This time of year is, how­ever, a great time to plan for spring and sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties. It is time to set some horse­man­ship goals.

Twelve years ago, as a novice adult rider, I would have never con­sid­ered “show­ing” a horse. I am not a com­pet­i­tive per­son. One day, Mr. Dwane Haskell taught me that show­ing a horse is a great way to get it trained. It was with his en­cour­age­ment that I started to show my horse in the Panorama Horse Show Cir­cuit. I have shown my horse ev­ery year since that time. I have gone from be­ing mor­ti­fied at the thought of jump­ing a one-foot jump to show­ing my mare in a rein­ing class ... suc­cess­fully.

Panorama Horse Show Cir­cuit was or­ga­nized in Red­mond, Utah, on Jan. 15, 1989, by a small group of peo­ple ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing an open horse show cir­cuit to the Cen­tral Utah area. It is a small as­so­ci­a­tion pat­terned af­ter the larger ones. En­try fees and mem­ber­ships are very af­ford­able. Mem­bers and ex­hibitors are friendly and help­ful. The Open Horse Shows are held in the spring and sum­mer months. Th­ese shows are open to any breed of horse, and ex­hibitors need not be mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate. Hal­ter, Western plea­sure, trail, rein­ing and speed events are the ba­sic classes with age and ex­pe­ri­ence cat­e­gories within those classes.

This sea­son, the shows will be held in Fill­more, Mt. Pleas­ant, Goshen and Springville. A Stal­lion Ser­vice Auc­tion is held in Fe­bru­ary or March ev­ery year (March 5 this year). The driv­ing goal of this auc­tion is “to help pro­mote lo­cal stal­lions and breed­ing pro­grams.” A Per­for­mance and Hal­ter fu­tu­rity is held at the end of the show sea­son to fur­ther pro­mote and show­case the “get” from the Stal­lion Ser­vice Auc­tion.

Panorama’s pres­i­dent-elect this year is Bran­don Nusink. In his first mes­sage as pres­i­dent, he said, “I hope ev­ery­one can set some goals and work to­wards them. I am look­ing for­ward to a great 2016 show sea­son. We are try­ing some new things this year. We are host­ing a clinic in hopes to help ev­ery­one im­prove. My goal as pres­i­dent this year is to help the club have a fan­tas­tic year.”

I have gained a lot of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence for my­self and my horses by par­tic­i­pat­ing in this or­ga­ni­za­tion. The op­por­tu­ni­ties that it gives me to han­dle my horse with a pur­pose and a goal in mind. This year my goal is to prac­tice con­sis­tent slid­ing stops!

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