Riding Olympic Bred Horses in Utah

I meet a lot of outfitters as I travel who organize day rides, as well as longer horseback riding adventures. These locals show me the best of their area on horseback. Many times, I’m also surprised by the story of the horse I’m riding, whether it’s a horse from Antelope Island that has appeared in “Far and Away” or “Return to Lonesome Dove,” a horse in Hawaii’s Waipi’o Valley that used to run wild and that outfitter Maile caught and tamed or the Queen of Spain’s horse in Donana National Park.. I knew I was in for an interesting ride there, as my horse called loudly to his friends hiding in the back of the lush, tropical valley.

Since the Vancouver Olympics are on and I’m enjoying watching them, I thought that you might enjoy this clip from Snow Canyon State Park. I join local outfitter Patty Arnett to ride her Olympic trail horses. I ride a horse named Itos, a Dutch Warmblood whose father medaled at the Atlanta Olympics. Sweet ride! A variety of movies scenes were filmed among these beautiful landscapes of Snow Canyon State Park including The Electric Horseman, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Jeremiah Johnson.

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