Pegasus Present and Future
Evan and Jaime Topham are now managing the facility and live on site.
Jaime Topham has been riding since she was 4 years old and participated in many disciplines of riding. Jaime started her riding career in the western discipline competing in open western shows with Carol and Jesse Buhler. Jaime stopped competing western in 1991 and moved on to the English discipline, starting in the hunter/jumper rings. Jaime started in the small pony hunters and worked her way up to the Open Jumpers.
During her youth, Jaime was also a member of Pony Club, competing at the National Pony Club Championships twice on her horse Objection Overruled. Jaime also competed in Eventing, bringing horses along from Beginner Novice through the Preliminary Level.
Jaime's passion lies in the jumper ring and she now focuses her training and lesson program on preparing horses and riders to compete in the Hunter/Jumper shows.
History of Pegasus
Pegasus Event Center was established by Gary and Carol Buhler in 1993 when they purchased the land that now makes up the event center. The Buhlers moved to Grantsville to further the riding careers of their children, Jaime and Jesse Buhler.
When the Buhler's purchased the property, it was raw land with a lot of old fences, old wagons and cow bones strewn about the 110 acres. The Buhlers went right to work cleaning up the place and preparing it to be a show facility. Gary Buhler built the cross country course designed by Sally O'Conner, as well as all the barns and out buildings that you see today.
Over the years, the Buhlers hosted U.S.E.A. sanctioned events, U.H.J.A. sanctioned Hunter/Jumper Shows, polo cross tournaments, western shows, dog and pony shows, mini events, pair paces and numerous schooling shows. Carol Buhler taught riding lessons and managed the facility. Carol organized and ran each of the events Pegasus hosted with the assistance of her family and many volunteers. Carol also started the Extreme Horseman's Challenge, a fun event that utilizes the cross country course for a western event.
In 2007, the Buhlers added the indoor riding arena to the facility as well as the attached 9 stall barn. The arena is unique in that their home is built into the front of the building as well as a law office. In early 2013, the Buhlers retired to Ecuador, leaving Pegasus to the capable hands of their daughter, Jaime Topham and her husband Evan Topham.
Jaime continued her riding career as she attended college, getting her degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Jaime then went on to law school and now runs her own law practice full time out of the indoor arena. Jaime works in the law office during the day and teaches lessons at night and on the weekends. She tries to keep a good balance between the law and the horses.
Evan did not grow up with horses, but has a strong passion for all animals. When he married Jaime, he knew that he would be involved with horses for the rest of his life.
Evan's passion for horses grew as he learned to start colts using Natural Horsemanship with the assistance of Isoroku Vernon. Now, Evan rides on a regular basis and leads many of the trail riding expeditions that boarders at Pegasus attend.
After working with a local farrier, Evan decided to attend Texas Horseshoeing School to further his knowledge and start his own farrier business. Evan keeps all of the Pegasus horses' feet in top condition as well as many of the boarded horses, with a growing outside clientele.
Evan has been an electrician for nearly 20 years, but upon the retirement of the Buhlers, Evan choose to leave the company he was working for in the electrical field and took on the role as the manager of the facility.
Not only does Evan manage Pegasus, he also keeps his electrical skills up-to-date running his business, EJT Electric, LLC, providing electrical services.
The Tophams work tirelessly to provide a warm, welcoming facility that encourages people to have fun with their horses and make new friends. The Tophams wish for their facility to be a place where everyone feels like they are part of a community of likeminded people, who want to learn more about their horses, play with their horses and become closer with their horses.
The Tophams plan to update the facility over the next 5 years with new shelters, improved arenas and updated cross country fences. The Tophams are also looking into supporting Off the Track Thoroughbreds by hosting shows, raising awareness of the need for homes for these horses and rescuing horses in dire need of a new situation.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We look forward to meeting you soon.