Always a popular and much-anticipated event for horse-racing fans across the nation, Kentucky Derby weekend can be celebrated even by those in far-away locales such as Salt Lake City, Utah.
For those who can’t fly to the bluegrass state to parade around in their festive hats or sip mint juleps in the stands, there are plenty of at-home options that will permit equine aficionados to feel like they’re part of the traditional derby action.
Last year the fun and active Pegasus Event Center, located out west in scenic Grantsville, Utah, held a competition that included a hat contest following their event. If you can’t find a local horse show, how about organizing a ride for friends at your barn or out on the trail? Decorate your riding helmet with ribbons and flowers to recreate the fashionable feel of the spectacular derby day hats! Easy to attach helmet brims (see DeBrim at Riding Warehouse) are a practical accessory that also looks great.
For those who enjoy watching the race, put together an at-home tea party or early cocktail hour, invite your buddies and gather around the big screen to watch the race and cheer on your favorite horse and jockey combo!
We’ve even located a couple of tasty mint julep recipes for your soiree; simply click here to access a favorite beverage recipe from the food network, or try this mint julep recipe on the Epicurious link. Prefer an non-alcoholic mint julep for your race day gathering? Food.com has just the thing!
Even the least crafty amongst us can quickly whip up at Derby-worthy hat by picking up a simple straw design at any local retail outlet, then stop by a craft or fabric store (Joann’s or Michael’s are terrific resources) and pick up an assortment of fabric flowers and ribbons, jewels and tacky glue. Then let your creative ideas run wild!
Learn more about this year’s contenders by going to the official Kentucky Derby website. The horses, their race records, trainers and the chosen jockey for this year’s race are all described in helpful detail online.
Remember too to support our local racing athletes! Horse races regularly take place at the track adjacent to the South Jordan Equestrian Center (located just south of 10400 S on 2200 W). Visit the equestrian center’s user-friendly website to find the calendar and learn more about upcoming events.
Traditional horse races as well as chariot races are also held at the Golden Spike Event Center, up north in Ogden, UT. Golden Spike’s website will provide information on future events for those who’d like to attend.
Whether you prefer to enjoy racing as a spectator sport from the comfort of your home, or if you’d like to get out in the stands and cheer on local race horses and jockeys in person, Utah’s racing scene is alive and well. Make the most of the Kentucky Derby celebrations this coming Saturday!