MAY NEWSLETTER

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events
 
SaddleBack Beginner Summer Session: starts May 28
Sonrise Show: June 3
OHJA Benefit Show (Sonrise Stables): June 4
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 7-9
SaddleBack Int/Advanced Camp: June 13-16
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 19-23
SaddleBack Advanced Beginner Camp: June 26-29
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: July 17-21
Showtime Summerfest Show: August 19-20
     
 
SaddleBack Equestrian News:

STARTS NEXT WEEK: Summer Beginner Lesson Session!
May 28th-August 26th (13 weeks). Classes begin May 28th! Pick weekly lesson time from days & times below. 
Lessons Days & Times: 
Sundays 10:00-11:00am
Mondays 9:00-10:00am
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm
Fridays 9:00-10:00am
Saturdays 10:00-11:00am 

Lessons are 1 hour and include grooming, tacking, and riding. Students ride for approx 30 minutes and learn to walk, trot, steer, post, 2-pt & more! Horses & equipment provided. 
 
PRICE BREAKDOWN:
$27/class if paid in full
$30/class w/installments
 
SIGN UP TODAY to secure your spot for your preferred day & time! You can sign-up online at:
http://www.saddlebackequestrian.com/fall-schedule-registration/

Summer Camps Are Filling Up!

Summers At SaddleBack are back with new activities, crafts, & games! We make learning to ride FUN!!! SaddleBack is offering 3 beginner camps, 1 Advanced/Beginner camp and 1 Intermediate/Advanced Camp. Camps are held from 9-3pm. Slots are filling up fast, so hurry and enroll today! See link below for downloadable enrollment form.
June 7-9 (Beginner), 3-day;  $195
June 13-16 (Int/Adv), 4-day;  $275
June 19-23 (Beginner), 5-day;  $300 (FULL)
June 26-29 (Adv Beginner), 4-day:  $275
July 17-21 (Beginner), 5-day;  $300

Lease a SaddleBack horse for the Summer!

Do you know all of our school horses? Would you like to lease one for the summer? What better way to spend time with your favorite horse this summer by leasing one of our school horses from June-August! Take a look at our new Lease page on our website! Each school horse is proudly displayed with their own photo and bio so you get to know them better! We have 3 month leases available for $325/ month on many of our 12 school horses such as Bishop, Penny, Payday, Lily, Belle, Brady, Kip, & more! In addition to riding, you get $5 off each lesson, 2-3 scheduled rides a week (30-40 min in length), and 1st priority on horse shows and lessons! To see our school horses go to http://www.saddlebackequestrian.com/partial-leases/. If you are interested in leasing a SaddleBack school horse contact your trainer or contact SaddleBack at 918-408-6446!

Summer Lesson Schedule

Lesson schedules and times are changing for Summer! The new times usually go in effect right after Memorial Day weekend. To adapt to the hotter temperatures, SaddleBack Equestrian staff changes lesson times to mornings and evenings to prevent heat exhaustion in trainers, riders, and horses. If you haven't changed your lesson times with your trainer to a morning or evening for summer, please call or text us at 918-408-6446 or notify your trainer. Thank you!

Spring & Summer Shows

Sign-up sheets for Spring and Summers shows are on tack room window.  Please sign up ASAP to reserve your spot and your favorite horse if on a school horse. We already have quite a few riders signed up & are looking forward to a great show season.  Please contact SaddleBack or your trainers with any questions regarding horse shows. 

SaddleBack Tack Summer Specials!

SaddleBack Tack is offering discounts off beginner packages for your new riders! Riders can purchase their helmet, breeches, and boots for $99!! Paddock boots are $35! Prices remain same for special orders! Call or text Crystal at 918-636-9888 for more details!

APRIL NEWSLETTER

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

Farewell Farm Show: May 6
KJM Farm Show: May 20
SaddleBack Beginner Summer Session: starts May 28
Sonrise Show: June 3
OHJA Benefit Show (Sonrise Stables): June 4
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 7-9
SaddleBack Int/Advanced Camp: June 13-16
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 19-23
SaddleBack Advanced Beginner Camp: June 26-29
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

Summer Lesson Schedule: Sign-ups Posted!!
Hooray for summer days! Summer brings us new lesson schedules for trainers and riders alike. Each trainer's schedule of availability are posted on the tack room. Please sign up ASAP and no later than Wednesday, May 10th as to which days are most convenient for you/your child to lesson, if you prefer mornings or evenings, and if you prefer privates or groups. After the trainers review the preferred sign-up times, they will then contact you to finalize the day and lesson time for the summer schedule. Please Note: The trainer will do her best to accommodate your schedule. However, when the heat becomes oppressive, most lessons will occur in mornings and evenings. 


Spring & Summer Shows

Sign-up sheets for Spring and Summers shows are on tack room window.  Please sign up ASAP to reserve your spot and your favorite horse if on a school horse. We already have quite a few riders signed up & are looking forward to a great show season.  Please contact SaddleBack or your trainers with any questions regarding horse shows. 
 

Summer Camps Are Filling Up!

Summers At SaddleBack are back with new activities, crafts, & games! We make learning to ride FUN!!! SaddleBack is offering 3 beginner camps, 1 Advanced/Beginner camp and 1 Intermediate/Advanced Camp. Camps are held from 9-3pm. Slots are filling up fast, so hurry and enroll today! See link below for downloadable enrollment form.

June 7-9 (Beginner), 3-day;  $195

June 13-16 (Int/Adv), 4-day;  $275

June 19-23 (Beginner), 5-day;  $300

June 26-29 (Adv Beginner), 4-day:  $275

July 17-21 (Beginner), 5-day;  $300

 

Shoo-Fly! Go Away!

Spring weather brings out those nasty bugs, including pesty flies! SaddleBack purchased some fly spray for the school horses. However, it only goes so far. If you are a boarder, we highly recommend purchasing fly spray for your horse and hanging it on your stall with your horses name on it.  Jose can spray your horse before daily turnout. If you ride school horses and would like to purchase fly spray for yourself to bring to lessons, your school horse would greatly appreciate it! SaddleBack purchases Bronco and DuMor brand fly spray at Tractor Supply, and while it is probably not the most effective fly spray, it is most efficient for the number of school horses we have to spray and how often they are sprayed. If you would like a more effective brand, Pyranha and Ultra Shield are recommended. 

 

Merchandise

Merchandise orders are in. All merchandise is in the tack room. If you ordered merchandise, but did not receive it, please text or call Crystal at 918-408-6446. We apologize for the lengthy delay, the suppliers shipped the incorrect merchandise, so our vendor had to wait for the correct merchandise. If you like our new sling backpacks, caps, and v-neck shirts, then watch for the next opportunity to order merchandise at the end of May! Summer t-shirts and pink caps will be our hottest new items!

 

SaddleBack Tack Restocked!

Due to high demand, SaddleBack Tack restocked its shop with new women's breeches, this time in black! We have childrens' summer gloves available too! Show shirts and show coats will be ordered (if not in stock) due to limited space available. More childrens' and ladies' t-shirts and ladies' show gloves coming soon! Check us out every Saturday (as weather permits) from 10:00-3:00pm in front of SaddleBack Equestrian barn!

 

Gotta Ride? Lease a Horse for Summer Today!

Want to ride all summer? What better way to spend time with your favorite horse this summer by leasing one of our school horses from May-July! We have 3 month leases available for $325 a month on many of our 12 school horses such as Kip, Payday, Penny, Lily, Belle, Brady, Bishop, & more! In addition to riding, you get $5 off each lesson, 2-3 scheduled rides a week (30-40 min in length), and 1st priority on horse shows and lessons! If you are interested in leasing a SaddleBack school horse contact your trainer or call 918-408-6446!

Riding Tip Corner

Show Tips: 

What to wear - Appropriate attire for schooing shows is as follows: tan breeches, black half chaps and paddock boots (OR black tall boots with laces), a black helmet, black gloves, a belt, and a solid colored polo (for schooling) or long-sleeved show shirt and show jacket (for showing). 

When to arrive - Contact your trainer to know exactly when is best to arrive to the schooling show. The general rule is to arrive AT LEAST an hour before your estimated show time to groom your horse, clean tack, and be warming up thirty minutes early.

What to bring - If you are riding a Saddleback school horse, tack rental is included in the price of the school horse rental and most of the following items will be provided. Otherwise, please bring your own cleaned tack. Everyone showing should purchase and bring a freshly washed, fitted, close-contact WHITE saddle pad or half-pad for use under the saddle. Encouraged additional items are Show Sheen (or other hair polish), towels, tail brushes, hoof oil, baby powder (for white areas), baby wipes, horse shampoo, buckets, tack-cleaning supplies (soap and conditioner), hair nets, bobby pins, hair bands, safety pins, a hair brush, a crop and spurs, and ear puffs. 

What to expect - Horse shows are a game of “hurry up and wait,” so it is best to be prepared in a timely manner and check with your trainer to be sure you are ready to go in the ring at the appropriate time. Remember that horse shows are a learning experience to track your personal progress. Do not be discouraged if you do not place as well as you hoped, but rather take that experience to better prepare for your next show! Most of all, smile, have fun, and make the most of your show day! 
 

School Horse of the Month

Mac N Cheese (aka Mac) is registered as "Big Mac To Go" with The American Paint Horse Association, and his birthday is February 3, 1992. Mac has a mustang freeze brand under his mane.  All mustangs/wild horses & burros gathered off public lands by the BML (Bureau of Land Management) can be identified with a painless freeze-mark on the left side of their necks, with a unique set of symbols. De-coding this brand will tell you (1) that the animal was the property of the US government, (2) animal's age, (3) state where the animal was first brought after capture, & (4) individual 4-digit code (which corresponds to neck tag that the animal wears before adoption). These symbols uniquely identify each individual, similar to a human's social security number.  

Once a mustang, Mac was adopted and has had some wonderful, caring owners--the latest of which gave him to SaddleBack so he can get great care, love & attention from the students.  Although he can sometimes be a bit ornery in the cross-ties, Mac loves his job (especially jumping) and enjoys giving lessons to our beginner riders. Next time you are around Mac be sure to check out his unique mark showing he was a mustang (and give him an extra pat or kiss because we love him). 

If you would like to lesson on or lease this very kind soul, contact us at 918-408-6446. 

March Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

Tulsa Rendezvous "A" Rated Show (Tulsa Fairgrounds): April 19-23
Farewell Farm Show: May 5
KJM Farm Show: May 19 & 20 (5/19- 18"-2'6"; 5/20 -2'9"+ & Jumpers)
SaddleBack Beginner Summer Session: starts May 28
Sonrise Show: June 3
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 7-9
OHJA Benefit Show (Sonrise Stables): June 11
SaddleBack Int/Advanced Camp: June 13-16
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: June 19-23
SaddleBack Advanced Beginner Camp: June 26-29
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

Come see SaddleBack Sat, April 1 at UMAC
Come visit our table this Saturday, April 1st between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Summer Camp & Activities Fair held at the Union Multipurpose Activity Center (UMAC):
6836 S. Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74133-3247
We will be offering specials on Camp Sign-ups, Drawings for free lessons & merchandise, and more! We'd love to see anyone that wanted to swing by & show their SaddleBack spirit.  

Summer Camp discount if signed up by April 15!

Sign-up for summer camps by April 15th and you get $10 discount! Summer camp schedules are posted above in upcoming events, and you can register by clicking on the green link below or visiting: SaddleBackEquestrian.com. Sign up forms are in tack room on bulletin board or you can download camp form from our website under the "Camps" hyperlink. Join us for another summer of fun, games, activities & more!

River Run April 8th schooling show RESCHEDULED

The River Run schooling show originally scheduled for Saturday, April 8 has now been moved to Sunday, September 10th (the day after their fall September 9th show). This means they will host two shows back-to-back: one Saturday, September 9th and the other Sunday, September 10th. 

Spring & Summer Shows

Sign-up sheets for Spring and Summers shows are on tack room window.  Please sign up ASAP to reserve your spot and your favorite horse if on a school horse. We already have quite a few riders signed up & are looking forward to a great show season.  Please contact SaddleBack or your trainers with any questions regarding horse shows. 

SaddleBack Spring Horse Show March 25th!

Congratulations to our many riders who participated in our SaddleBack Spring Show on March 25th! Each one of you were outstanding! We love all of our riders at SaddleBack and are proud of your accomplishments in the show ring. Thank you for attending our Spring Show and making it a huge success.

Spring Merchandise

Thank you for ordering our new Spring merchandise! We are so excited to offer the drawstring backpacks. It seemed many of you loved the new backpacks as we had many orders! The polos and hats in new colors were a big hit also! Merchandise orders were turned in March 27th. Orders should arrive at the barn by April 7th. Thank you all for supporting SaddleBack by purchasing merchandise!  We should have summer merchandise orders available in a couple months.  Car decals are always on hand for $5 each.

http://www.saddlebackequestrian.com/camps-and-events/

 

Congrats & Thank You: SaddleBack Spring Show 2017

A big Thank You to Melissa-judging, Marissa-announcing, Crystal-office managing, our great trainers Jessie, Audra, Kristen, Ashley S & Ashley Z for coaching, AND all the wonderful helpers/volunteers for making SaddleBack Equestrian's 2017 Spring in-barn show a fun event for everyone! Most of all Thank You riders & parents/families for allowing us to be apart of you/your child's passion for horses & growth as riders. Congrats to all!

Riding Tip Corner

Winter Care Tips

This month, even though the weather has been warmer, we wanted to touch on some basic winter tips that are easily forgotten

1) Pick out your horse’s feet!
Horses feet become more susceptible to cracking, thrush, and other hoof problems because of the constant back and forth between warm/cold, dry/wet, and occasionally frozen conditions in the winter so it is vital that you clean their feet regularly to watch for/treat any hoof issues that arise.

2) Exercise! 
A lot of us seem to forget that stiffness, soreness, and arthritis from cold weather affects not just us, but our horses too. Mild exercise with lots of warm ups (like a nice forward walk a few times around the arena before trotting) can help alleviate a horse’s joint & muscle pain, while also maintaining their fitness. 

3) Blankets… 
Though horses obviously don’t get blanketed in the wild, we often blanket our horses to protect them from wet conditions and keep them comfortably warm. Be sure you watch the temperature and wind-chill and blanket your horse accordingly. 

4) Overall care.
Winter can make us all want to hibernate sometimes but don’t forget that your horse is out in the cold pasture or stall and probably feels the same way. Bear the cold and treat them to a nice grooming, leisurely walk, or maybe just some treats and love. This quality time is sure to help break your winter blues and theirs! 

ALSO, we would love to answer any additional equestrian related questions you might have. This applies to parents, students, anyone who has a question they would like answered in the newsletter can submit their questions to info@saddlebackequestrian.com !
 
 

SaddleBack February 2017 Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

SaddleBack Beginner Spring Session: starts February 26
SaddleBack Tack Spring Fling Sale: Sat, March 4, 9-2pm
SaddleBack Annual Barn Mtg: Sun, March 12, 2-5pm
SaddleBack Spring Show: Sat, March 25
River Run Schooling Show: April 8
Tulsa Rendezvous "A" Rated Show (Tulsa Fairgrounds): April 19-23
Farewell Farm Show: May 5
KJM Farm Show: May 19 & 20 (5/19- 18"-2'6"; 5/20 -2'9"+ & Jumpers)
SaddleBack Beginner Summer Session: starts May 28
Sonrise Show: June 3
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16

SaddleBack Equestrian News:
 

Congrats to SaddleBack OHJA Award Winners recognized at OHJA Banquet February 18!!

Spring Beginner Lesson Session Begins February 26th:
SaddleBack's Spring Beginner Lesson Session for the newest of riders begins Sunday, February 26th. A new schedule is posted on the SaddleBack website! Be sure to tell your friends about this beginner lesson program for Spring. You will receive 1 free lesson for anyone you refer that signs up for the Spring session. Click Lesson Session tab of our website for info on the sessions. Riders can still sign up for the session!

SaddleBack Tack Spring Fling Sale! Saturday, March 4th!
SaddleBack Tack is helping you gear up for the 2017 show season! Spring Fling Sale will take place on Saturday, March 4th from 9-2pm. ALL merchandise will be 30% OFF! Come see us outside of front barn door (weather permitting). 

Annual SaddleBack Barn Meeting, Sunday, March 12th at 2pm!
The annual barn meeting will be held at The Horse of Course in Claremore on Sunday, March 12th from 2-5pm (meeting 2-3pm, shopping event 3-5pm).  All items will be 20% OFF (excluding saddles). This discount also includes items not in stock but ordered in store during the event. Please attend this meeting as we will discuss upcoming shows (and have show sign-ups) & events, presenting the Super SaddleBack Awards, AND you get to shop! 

Sign Up for Spring Break Camp! March 13-16th!
SaddleBack Spring Camp begins Monday, March 13th-Thursday, March 16th from 9am-3pm. This will be an all-day camp only. Join us for games, activities, lessons, horsemanship & more! Cost of camp is $250. A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot. Go to our website www.SaddleBackEquestrian.com under the Camps/Parties link to download registration form. 
 
SaddleBack Spring Horse Show March 25th!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Spring Horse Show will be on Saturday, March 25th. Sign-up sheets are already posted on the tack room window. A $50 deposit is required when signing up to reserve your preferred school horse. Total show cost for a full division with school horse is $150 & cost with own horse is $120. This is a great opportunity for riders to "practice" a show and get a taste of what shows are like, and for those already showing to practice moving up a division. We still have some school horses available for the divisions so sign up today!

Spring Merchandise Forms
Yeah! Spring is right around the corner! SaddleBack will be releasing new merchandise forms for Spring apparel. Be looking for new polos, hats, shirts, & jackets! Keep in mind SaddleBack prefers all students showing to wear SBE polos to schooling at shows so this will be a great opportunity to get your polo before show season begins!

School Horse of the Month

School Horse of Month
 
While his name might be “The Secret of Nim,” the only secret that this little chestnut has is his amiable disposition and eagerness to work. Nim is a 19-year-old warmblood, that has been with Saddleback for about a year now. His training in the upper levels of dressage has made him a favorite among not only our more advanced dressage riders but even our beginners. Though Nim acquired his dressage training prior to his time at Saddleback, he definitely never misses an opportunity to show off his gorgeous trot. His extended trot and lateral movements are fantastic! Nim’s dressage training carries over into any discipline, making him a great listener and beautiful mover. 

Nim learned to jump with us this past fall and has since been used for both flat and jumping lessons. He has always been eager to learn, so teaching an old dog new tricks wasn’t so hard, and he picked up jumping quite easily. Regardless of whether his rider is having their first lesson, first jump, or has been lessoning for years, Nim maintains his sweet-hearted, patient, and gentle attitude. Though he is currently leased by one of our adult dressage riders, this incredible horse is available for a partial-lease and occasional use in lessons. This big sweetheart is currently available for lessons, showing, and a partial-lease.  Please contact SaddleBack at: info@SaddleBackEquestrian.com for info on partial leases and showing.
 

Riding Tip of the Month

Riding Tip Corner

Don’t lean! 

Almost every rider hears these words spoken to them at some point in their riding experience. For some riders, it’s a simple reminder, however, for others, “don’t lean!” is a new concept that has yet to be learned. You’re probably wondering one of two things, “What does “leaning” mean?” or  “How do I stop leaning?”.  In response to the former, “leaning” in layman’s terms is simply a rider’s body moving ahead of the horse’s motion. It is most commonly seen before or over fences, especially when the rider and/or horse is anxious. For example, a rider may be nervous about riding a new horse, and this anxiety causes them to instinctively get into jumping position before the horse is actually jumping. Leaning can potentially cause behavioral issues for the horse, confidence issues for the rider, or trust issues between the two. 

One way to help prevent leaning in front of or over fences is to sit a few steps before the fence. While keeping your seat lightly in the saddle, sitting as you approach the base of the fence will help you to remain in harmony with your horse and as they fold you over the fence. To elaborate, the horse and rider should be aligned in their center of balance, the rider’s hip angle should naturally close as the horse comes up to them over the fence, and the rider’s seat should go back towards the horse’s rump. With practice and over time, leaning will be less of an issue, and “don’t lean!” will be the little reminder to help you and your horse stay safe!

SaddleBack Equestrian January Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

HJEO 2016 Awards Banquet: January 28
OHJA 2016 Awards BanquetFebruary 18
SaddleBack Beginner Spring Session: starts February 26
SaddleBack Spring Show: March 25
River Run Schooling Show: April 8
Tulsa Rendezvous "A" Rated Show (Tulsa Fairgrounds): April 19-23
Farewell Farm Show: May 5
KJM Farm Show: May 19 or 20 (5/19- 18"-2'6"; 5/20 -2'9"+ & Jumpers)
SaddleBack Beginner Summer Session: starts May 28
Sonrise Show: June 3
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

Awards/Banquets coming up....
The HJEO banquet is January 28, 2017 at 6:00PM at the Holiday Inn Express next to the Aquarium in Jenks.  The OHJA awards banquet is February 18, 2017 at 5:30PM at the Crowne Plaza Tulsa Southern Hills. For riders who are members of the HJEO and OHJA associations AND accumulated show points for awards, these banquets are great opportunities to be recognized for all your hard work this year! More info on HJEO banquet: HJEO.com, and OHJA banquet: OKHunterJumper.com.

If you are curious about what these organizations are and would like to learn more about them, please contact your trainer or SaddleBack management.  We would be happy to tell you more about them and how to get involved. 

Congrats to SaddleBack HJEO Award Winners being recognized at HJEO Banquet January 28!!
Abbie/Beau- AC Beginner Hunters
Carsyn/Pete- Puddle Jumpers & Future Jumpers
Courtney/Angel- Intermediate Hunters
Emma/Karma- Thoroughbred Jumpers
Hannah/Winston- Modified & TIP Hunters
Jamey/Oro- 2' & Long Stirrup Hunters
Katie/Shadow- AC Short/Long Stirrup Hunters
Kenzie/Angel- Beginner Hunters
Kristen/Lily- 2'3 Hunters
Marissa/Cappy- Modified/TIP Hunters
Lauren/Charlie- AC Beginner Hunters
Savannah/Shadow- AC Beginner Hunters

Spring Beginner Lesson Session Begins February 26th:
SaddleBack's Spring Beginner Lesson Session for the newest of riders begins Sunday, February 26th. A new schedule will be posted soon on the SaddleBack website! Be sure to tell your friends about this beginner lesson program for Spring. You will receive 1 free lesson for anyone you refer that signs up for the Spring session. Click the green Lesson Session box below for more info on the sessions. 

Sign Up for Spring Break Camp! March 13-16th!
SaddleBack Spring Camp begins Monday, March 13th-Thursday, March 16th from 9am-3pm. This will be an all-day camp only. Join us for games, activities, lessons, horsemanship & more! Cost of camp is $250. A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot. Go to our website www.SaddleBackEquestrian.com under the Camps/Parties link to download registration form. 
 
SaddleBack Spring Horse Show March 25th!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Spring Horse Show will be on Saturday, March 25th. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the tack room window shortly. A $50 deposit is required when signing up to reserve your preferred school horse. Total show cost for a full division with school horse is $150 & cost with own horse is $120. This is a great opportunity for riders to "practice" a show and get a taste of what shows are like, and for those already showing to practice moving up a division.

Congrats to our newest SaddleBack Horse owners!
Congratulations to Megan on her recent purchase of one the barn favorites, Diablo! We are so happy Diablo is staying here at SaddleBack and can not wait to see Megan and Diablo grow and learn new things together! Another big contrats goes to Hanley and her beautiful fairy-tale pony, Snowy! She is another barn favorite with her friendly and loving personality. She is always eager to greet visitors walking the barn aisles with her cute little whinny! We wish both new owners the best as they get to know their new companions!

Spring Merchandise Forms
Yeah! Spring is right around the corner! SaddleBack will be releasing new merchandise forms for Spring apparel. Be looking for new polos, hats, shirts, & jackets! Keep in mind SaddleBack prefers all students showing to wear SBE polos to schooling at shows so this will be a great opportunity to get your polo before show season begins!

SaddleBack Tack for your Show Apparel!

SaddleBack Tack has new apparel in stock! Looking for show apparel for the show season? We have new & used show breeches, coats/jackets, tall boots, and shirts for your show needs! Please contact Crystal at 918-636-9888 for further appointment or visit us at the barn on Saturdays at 12-2pm.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

We wanted to wish everyone a merry after-Christmas, happy New Year, and happy holidays! 

Hopefully everyone has had a wonderful holiday season so far - one full of family, laughs, and fun! It may be cold outside, but we’re still having lessons whenever possible! Don’t forget if you haven’t already signed up for our winter beginner lesson sessions, you still can! Call or text (918) 408-6446 for more info, or check out our website!

Don't miss out on all the fun we have planned for next year!

December Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

Christmas WINTER CAMP: December 27-30 (Tuesday-Friday)
HJEO 2016 Awards Banquet: Janurary 28, 2017
OHJA 2016 Awards Banquet: February 18, 2017
Schooling Show Dates TBA: will post once HJEO & OHJA schedule in next month or so
Tulsa Rendezvous I Show (Tulsa Fairgrounds): April 12-16
Tulsa Rendezvous II Show (Tulsa Fairgrounds): April 19-23
GO Show Summer Show (OKC Fairgrounds): May 12-16
GO Preview Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 5-9

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

Christmas Break / Winter Camp:
SaddleBack Equestrian is offering a Christmas Break/Winter Camp open to ALL riders from Beginner to Advanced students beginning Tuesday, Dec 27 - Friday, Dec 30 from 12-3pm! Learn new skills and play fun games for four days over the Winter Break! Camp cost is $175. A $50 deposit required to reserve your spot. Sign up soon as Christmas Break is almost here! This is also a great Christmas gift! Click website link below for more info & to register.

Christmas Party
Thank you for coming to our annual Christmas party at Mazzios Pizza! Pictures are posted on our Facebook page, so be sure and check them out! We are happy everyone had fun playing Christmas themed games and won some prizes! It was wonderful seeing our barn family come and hang out! We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 Awards/Banquets coming up....
The HJEO banquet is January 28, 2017 and OHJA awards banquet is February 18, 2017. For riders who are members of the HJEO and OHJA associations AND accumulated points for awards, these banquets are great opportunities to be recognized for all your hard work this year! More info on the OHJA banquet can be found at: OKHunterJumper.com and HJEO banquet at: HJEO.com .

SaddleBack Tack
SaddleBack Tack has new inventory! Come see our new breeches, show coats, chaps, and boots! We are still open on Tuesdays, 5-7pm and Saturdays, 12-2pm at the SaddleBack Equestrian barn as long as weather permits. Other days than Tuesdays/Saturdays please call 918-636-9888 for appointments. Merry Christmas!!

School Horse of Month

Beauregard, better known as Beau or Beau Beau, is a 16-year-old chestnut thoroughbred with a white star on his forehead, a white coronet on his left front and a half sock on his left hind. Beau joined the Saddleback family after many years of being a race horse, registered as Jojo’s Reality, and later riding hunter/jumpers at other schooling barns. He has continued in the hunters with our beloved rider Abbie Haws. Abbie currently half-leases Beau and they make the perfect team! In fact, they just recently completed the 2016 show year as champion in BOTH the Academy Beginner Hunters and Equitation divisions!

According to Abbie, Beau has quite a few cute little quirks. For example, he’s pretty sure he’s a dog and all he really wants is attention, to help with grooming by holding brushes in his mouth, cuddles, to play in the snow, and a few of his favorite treats, Pony Cannolis.

Incredibly easy-going and sweet-natured, Beau is really just a people-pleaser who strives to take care of his rider in all circumstances. This big sweetheart is currently available for lessons, showing, and a half-lease.  Please contact SaddleBack at: info@SaddleBackEquestrian.com for info on half leases and showing.

Riding Tip Corner

Riding with contact. 

Contact? What is contact? In a nutshell, contact is the connection between your hands to the bit and the bit to the horse's entire body. Horselistening.com does an excellent job of describing this puzzling concept. To break it down, they compare “contact” to a handshake. They describe how a friendly handshake requires both people to mutually and gently reach for the other person’s hand and meet in the middle. This is just how finding contact with your horse should be. First, you should start with shortening your reins, where you can feel the bit in your horse’s mouth. Be careful not to pull on your horse’s mouth, you want to be able to feel the bit in your horse’s mouth with enough room for him or her to meet you in the middle. 

Once you find this sweet spot, invite your horse to move forward into the bit. Key word here - FORWARD, not fast. The difference is that when a horse moves forward, they move off their hind end, push their impulsion through their entire body, and carry themselves evenly through their back; fast is just a quickening of pace. The main goal with contact between you and your horse is to help the horse support its own body while also being more fluid, flexible, and responsive to your requests. Remember to also be quiet and soft to keep your horse happy. This connection between horse and rider can make your everyday rides more enjoyable, a little smoother, and overall more productive. Ask your trainer for more help, and happy riding! Stay warm in these winter months!

ALSO, we would love to answer any additional equestrian related questions you might have. This applies to parents, students, anyone who has a question they would like answered in the newsletter can submit their questions to info@saddlebackequestrian.com !

Christmas Camp Next Week!

Christmas Camp begins next week, Tuesday, Dec. 27th through Friday, Dec. 30th from 12-3pm daily! We opened the camp to ALL riders whether beginners or those who are jumping. Riders will be divided in lessons based on their skill levels. Come join us for games, lessons, & more! Cost is $175 (includes $50 deposit). Enroll now! Click on the Camps page to download your camp registration form.

November Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

SaddleBack Winter Beginner Session: November 27 - February 25
SaddleBack CHRISTMAS PARTY: Sunday, December 18; 5-7pm @ Mazzios 101st & Sheridan
Christmas WINTER CAMP: December 27-30 (Tuesday-Friday)

HJEO 2016 Awards Banquet:  February, date TBA
OHJA 2016 Awards Banquet: February, date TBA
Schooling Show Dates TBA: will post once HJEO & OHJA schedule in next month or so

Tulsa Rendezvous I Horse Show (Tulsa Fairgrounds): April 12- 16
Tulsa Rendezvous II Horse Show (Tulsa Fairgrounds): April 19-23
GO Show Summer Show (OKC Fairgrounds): May 12-16
GO Preview Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 5-9

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

SaddleBack Christmas Party: Sunday, December 18, 5-7pm @ Mazzios Pizza, 101st & Sheridan; The SaddleBack Christmas Party will be held back at Mazzios Pizza on the SE corner of 101st & Sheridan (next door to Sky Fitness) on Sunday, December 18 from 5-7pm.  Pizza and drinks will be provided by SaddleBack (salad bar may be purchased for an add'l $4.25) along with fun games, prizes & a gift exchange!  Please bring an approximate $10 wrapped horse-themed gift for a game. RSVP via email: info@saddlebackequestrian.comor the sign-up sheet at barn by Thursday, December 15th.

Christmas Break / Winter Camp:
SaddleBack Equestrian is offering a Christmas Break/Winter Camp for Beginner to Advanced Beginner students beginning Tuesday, Dec 27 - Friday, Dec 30 from 12-3pm! Learn new skills and play fun games for four days over the Winter Break! Camp cost is $150 if you sign up by December 5th, $175 after December 5th . A $50 deposit required to reserve your spot. Sign up soon as Christmas Break is just around the corner. This is also a great Christmas giftClick website link below for more info & to register. 

Winter Beginner Lesson Session:
Winter Beginner Lesson Session began this week starting Sunday, November 27th! This is a 13-week session for beginner students providing weekly 1-hour lessons at a discounted rate. It is open to both riders brand new to SaddleBack and to current very beginner SaddleBack riders. Lesson sessions are offered 7 days/week (dates & times posted on our website). Benefits include weekly 1-hour lessons at discount rates of $27/lesson! Riders may start at anytime for a pro-rated rate.  Sign-up now to ensure your preferred date & time!

SaddleBack Tack Winter Sale
SaddleBack Tack is now opening its doors (outside of appointments) in the barn every Tuesday 5-7pm & Saturday 12-2pm! We have plenty of new & gently usedriding apparel to fit your equestrian needs - from boots, chaps, breeches, show coats, shirts, gloves & more. We take special orders as well! Swing by on Tuesdays or Saturdays to check out what we offer or call/text Crystal @ (918) 636-9888 to schedule an appt.  


Congrats to KJM Farm Show riders/horses:

A Big Congrats to our SaddleBack Equestrian riders on their incredible accomplishments at the KJM Farm Show on October 29th! Highlights: 
Kristen/Lily - CHAMPION 2'3 Hunters
Hannah/Winston - CHAMPION TIP Hunters
Carsyn/Pete - CHAMPION 3' Schooling Jumpers
Savannah/Shadow- CHAMPION AC Beginner Hunters
Grace/Lily- RESERVE CHAMPION AC Beginner Hunters
Courtney/Angel
 won 1st in Intermediate under Saddle & multiple other ribbons,
Emmy/Payday won 1st in AC Beginner Handy Hunter & multiple other ribbons, and Hannah/Winston won 1st in Modified Hunter I & multiple others.

Not only did ALL of our riders showing bring home at least 1 blue ribbons, but they also exhibited excellent sportsmanship & horsemanship! We're so proud of you all!!


Congrats to Cadence Equestrian Show riders/horses:

Congrats to our SaddleBack riders on their accomplishments at the Cadence Show November 5th in Edmond, OK! Highlights: 
Jamey/Oro - CHAMPION 2' Hunters
Marissa/Cappy- CHAMPION TIP Hunters
Jamey/Oro – RESERVE CHAMPION Long Stirrup
Aubrey/Faith
 - won multiple ribbons including 2nd in Eq showing 1st time in Crossbar Division, & Carsyn/Pete won multiple ribbons including 2nd showing in the .85 M Jumpers! Great job riders!! 

Big Congrats to SaddleBack In-Barn riders!:

Congratulations to all our SaddleBack riders who showed at our SaddleBack Equestrian Fall Show! We are so proud of all of our riders' accomplishments and growth! SaddleBack Equestrian has the finest show team and we can't wait to see what unfolds with our newest members in 2017!!

Congrats to Fall Finale / Year-End Show riders/horses:

Congrats to our SaddleBack riders on their accomplishments at the HJEO Fall Finale show at the Tulsa Fairgrounds, November 17-20th! Highlights include: 
Savannah/Shadow- RESERVE CHAMPION AC Beginner Hunters
Katie/Shadow – RESERVE CHAMPION AC Long Stirrup
Abbie/Beau
 - won many ribbons including multiple 1sts & 2nds in the AC Beginner and TIP Hunter Divisions, Hannah/Winston - won many ribbons including multiple 1sts & 2nds in the TIP Hunter & Modified Divisions, and Marissa/Cappy won numerous ribbons including 2nd & 3rd place ribbons in the HJEO Ride-offs, TIP Hunter & Modified Divisions! Excellent riding and congrats on all your achievements this year! 

School Horse of Month

Bishop (show name "King's Knight) is an 18-year-old quarter horse gelding. He originally came from a paint horse farm, where the breeder wanted to sell him because he didn’t quite have the ideal paint horse pattern. Prior to his time as part of the Saddleback family, Bishop was a foxhunter with his buddy of fourteen years, Brady, who was the SBE school horse of the month in October! Bishop and Brady were both used as whip horses, however, Bishop was always overly excited to do his job. His favorite thing to do as a whip horse would be to chase the stray hounds or to stop a group of hounds. Bishop has proven to be very athletic and agile and will jump just about anything if you tell him to.


He has a very vibrant and humorous personality and is aware of his dashingly good looks! Bishop is also a very quick learner but he sometimes likes to have a little fun. He can be very playful and loves to give hugs and nuzzle you with his nose if you have some downtime in the cross ties.  This black beauty has an incredibly kind personality and is always eager to please! Bishop became one of our beloved school horses earlier this year and is now available for leasing, lessons, and showing!

Riding Tip Corner

Mind your mood!

While it’s natural and often easy to get wrapped up in all the commotion and emotions of the day, try to leave your stresses and anxiety outside the barn. The majority of people use riding as a form of “therapy,” whether they know it or not. In fact, according to Franklin Levinson, it has been proven that even just being around horses can reduce stress and improve focus (“Not just horsing around….”). However, because horses are herd animals, they can read our body language and sense whenever we are scared, anxious, angry, etc, and they will respond accordingly. Horses’ innate sense to reciprocate our emotions can make it difficult to have a productive ride when our emotions come across as threatening to the horse. For example, say you had a bad day and you come into your lesson already frustrated. Your horse is likely to also become frustrated, “hot,” or maybe even excited because of your attitude.


When you’re riding and you begin to feel overwhelmed, it may be best to stop, take a break, and assess the situation. You may feel like your horse is misbehaving but often he or she is simply feeding off of what emotions they sense you are feeling. Taking a break offers you the opportunity to regroup, and focus on your ride.The majority of the time, when you are calm, your horse will be calm. It is especially important to think about controlling your emotions when in the show ring. New experiences, places, and shows, in general, can be very stressful for both you and your horse. Next time you feel like your ride isn’t going as smoothly as it could, maybe think about your horse’s perception of your emotions and refocus on what you want to accomplish in your ride!

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at SaddleBack Equestrian

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.  — Edward Sandford Martin

Here at Saddleback Equestrian, we wanted to give thanks to you, all of our riders and families, for being so wonderful and also for choosing us to be your home barn. We hope everyone has had enjoyed being a part of the Saddleback family because we certainly enjoy having you. Don't forget to stop by and give thanks to your favorite horses this holiday season! 

Call or text 918-408-6446 or talk to your trainer to see what lesson times are available during the Holiday Break!!

Winter Session for Beginner Riders Starts Next Week!

Winter Beginner Lesson Session begins Sunday, November 27th! 

Lesson Days & Times:

Sundays: 1:00-2:00pm

Mondays: 4:30-5:30pm

Tuesdays: 5:00-6:00pm

Wednesdays: 5:30-6:30pm

Thursdays: 5:00-6:00pm

Fridays: 4:30-5:30pm

Saturdays: 11:00-12:00pm

*Classes limited to 3 riders MAX.  If classes fill, we may add add’l classes. 

Cost for Session:

$27/class if paid in full; $351, if paid in full at start of session

$30/class w/installments; $390, 1 installment of $150, 2 installments of $120 

SIGN UP TODAY if you haven't already to secure your spot for your preferred day & time!