January Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

January 27-28: GO Winter Show, OKC Fairgrounds
February 3: HJEO Awards Banquet, Tulsa
February 17: OHJA Awards Banquet, OKC
March 4: Spring Beginner Lesson Session begins
March 3-4: GO Clinic w/Britt McCormick, OKC Fairgrounds
March 19-22: Spring Break Camp at SaddleBack
March 31: SaddleBack In-Barn Spring Show
April 7: River Run Show
April 11-15: Tulsa Rendezvous Show, Tulsa Fairgrounds
April 18-22: Tulsa Rendezvous II Show, Tulsa Fairgrounds
May 12-13: LamBanks Schooling Show
May 19: KJM Show

SaddleBack Equestrian News:
Spring Break Camp
SaddleBack Spring Break Camp begins Monday, March 19th-Thursday, March 22nd from 9am-3pm. New and Experienced riders welcome! Join us for games, activities, lessons, horsemanship & more! Cost of camp is $250. A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot by 2/20. Sign up at the link below. Registration forms are also available in the tack room! Don't miss the fun!
Camp Info &
Sign-Up Online

Spring Beginner Lesson Session Begins March 4:
SaddleBack's Spring Beginner Lesson Session for the newest of riders begins Sunday, February 25th. The schedule is now 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 the green Lesson Session box below for more info on the sessions. 

Spring Session
Info & Sign-Up


SaddleBack Spring Horse Show March 31st!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Spring Horse Show will be on Saturday, March 31st. 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.

Parent/Rider Questionnaire & Parent/Trainer Conferences
SaddleBack supports our students’ goals by working with each student to help achieve them. For some, riding lessons may be a way to exercise and socialize. For others, it becomes a passion they continue to pursue through horse shows, college, and even a chosen career path. With this in mind, SaddleBack has tried to provide each parent (or adult if adult rider) a Questionnaire to be completed and dropped into the red Payment box in the Tack Room. This short 5-10 minute Questionnaire will help us better understand your goals and better inform you of all SaddleBack and this sport has to offer!

Questionnaires are available via email or texting SaddleBack and printed copies located in the tack room. Please complete the survey ASAP--print off & bring to next lesson, fill out during your child's lesson, or take copy home & bring back, dropping into red Payment box in tack room once completed.  

The Questionnaire offers an opportunity for you to sign up for a free 15-minute one-on-one conference with your trainer to discuss goals, questions, programs, and any SaddleBack news that you or your child may want to know about. Also, you may request information in the Questionnaire without scheduling a conference if you'd like.  We will begin to send out the requested information and schedule requested conferences after the holidays! Thank you for working with SaddleBack to help us better understand our riders goals and help them grow!

Congrats to SaddleBack riders on a fantastic 2017 Show Season! Below are the riders that showed with us in 2017:

Alyssa/Shadow
Aubrey/Faith
Ava/Brady
Clara/Teddy
Courtney/Angel
Deborah/Nate
Emily T/Kip
Emily M/Shadow
Emma/Stick
Grace/Bishop
Hannah/Winston
Jamey/Oro
Jeanie/Prince
Katie L/Payday
Laura B/Kip
Lindsey A/Charlie
Lisa L/Kip
Madeline/Kip
Megan/Benji
Savannah/Tuffy

Way to go!! So proud of all our riders & horses! 

Riding Tip of the Month

Crops: Their Purpose and the Proper Way to Use Them

Crops are used often in horseback riding. They act as an extension of your arm or leg in order to reinforce your commands. If you’re riding a lazy horse, you may want a crop to help get them moving. Hold the crop in your dominant hand (unless your horse likes to cut corners and veer away from the fence; then you may want to hold it in your inside hand) and gently tap the horse behind your leg. You should only tap a horse with a crop if they have ignored your previous commands. Crops are only used as a last resort if your horse isn’t listening to you, and should never be used to punish or intentionally hurt the horse. If you are whacking your horse and leaving marks on them, you are hitting them too hard. Horses may also associate the overuse of a crop with something they are frightened of. For example, if your horse is afraid to cross a stream, and you are continuously whipping them with a crop, it will probably only make them even more afraid of the stream, and next time, they will be even more reluctant. Crops are a great tool to help make your horse obey you, but should only be used as a reinforcement, not a punishment.

December Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

Christmas Order SBE Merchandise: now in
10% off Gift Certificates:
 available until December 22
January 27-28: GO Winter Show, OKC Fairgrounds
February 3: HJEO Awards Banquet, Tulsa
February 17: OHJA Awards Banquet, OKC
March 3-4: GO Clinic w/Britt McCormick, location TBD

SaddleBack Equestrian News:
SaddleBack Equestrian would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas! We are thankful for the time you have spent with us this year.  May the peace and joy of Christmas be with you today and throughout the new year!

SaddleBack Christmas Party: 
Thank you to all who came out for the SBE Christmas Party on December 17.  We had a lot of fun with games, ugly sweaters, yummy food & drinks, and time together! A special thank you to Mariana--owner of Wild Meadows--for hosting our group.  She added a special touch to all the food & drinks!

Christmas Specials: Need last minute gift ideas?
You still have a few days left to purchase one of our 2017 Christmas Specials.  These include discount lesson packages and gift certificates.  You can order directly online from the link below. How easy is that?!
Christmas Specials

Parent/Rider Questionnaire & Parent/Trainer Conferences
SaddleBack supports our students’ goals by working with each student to help achieve them. For some, riding lessons may be a way to exercise and socialize. For others, it becomes a passion they continue to pursue through horse shows, college, and even a chosen career path. With this in mind, SaddleBack has tried to provide each parent (or adult if adult rider) a Questionnaire to be completed and dropped into the red Payment box in the Tack Room. This short 5-10 minute Questionnaire will help us better understand your goals and better inform you of all SaddleBack and this sport has to offer!

Questionnaires are available via printed copies located in the tack room or text us if you would like one emailed to you. Please complete the survey ASAP--print off & bring to next lesson, fill out during your child's lesson, or take copy home & bring back, dropping into red Payment box in tack room once completed.  

The Questionnaire offers an opportunity for you to sign up for a free 15-minute one-on-one conference with your trainer to discuss goals, questions, programs, and any SaddleBack news that you or your child may want to know about. Also, you may request information in the Questionnaire without scheduling a conference if you'd like.  We will begin to send out the requested information and schedule requested conferences after the holidays! Thank you for working with SaddleBack to help us better understand our riders goals and help them grow!

Congrats to SaddleBack riders on a fantastic 2017 Show Season! Below are the riders that showed with us in 2017:

Alyssa/Shadow
Aubrey/Faith
Ava/Brady
Clara/Teddy
Courtney/Angel
Deborah/Nate
Emily T/Kip
Emily M/Shadow
Emma/Stick
Grace/Bishop
Hannah/Winston
Jamey/Oro
Katie L/Payday
Laura B/Kip
Lindsey A/Charlie
Lisa L/Kip
Megan/Benji
Savannah/Tuffy

Way to go!! So proud of all our riders & horses! 

Christmas Specials: Need last minute gift ideas?

You still have a few days left to purchase one of our 2017 Christmas Specials.  These include discount lesson packages and gift certificates.  You can order directly online from the link below. How easy is that?!

http://www.saddlebackequestrian.com/christmas-specials-2017/

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Congrats to our riders at the LamBanks Show 9/30

A Much Belated Congrats to our SaddleBack Equestrian riders on a fantastic show at LamBanks 9/30!
Highlights: 
Savannah/Tuffy- CHAMPION Beginner Equitation
Alyssa/Shadow- CHAMPION AC Beginner Equitation
Deborah/Nate- CHAMPION 2' Equitation
Aubrey/Faith- CHAMPION Long Stirrup Hunters
Grace/Bishop- RESERVE CHAMPION AC Beginner Eq
Alyssa/Shadow- RESERVE CHAMPION AC Beginner Hunters
Aubrey/Faith – RESERVE CHAMPION Long Stirrup Equitation
Laura/Kip- 1st in Eq over Fences class & multiple 2nds in hunters (including Warm-Up out of 17)
Katie/Payday- Great ribbons in AC Beginner
Megan/Benji – Great ribbons in large 2’ Hunter division for 1st show!

Our trainers at the show, Jessie, Audra and Ashley Z, are SO proud of all our riders & horses!!

September Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

Order SBE Merchandise online: starting September 20
LamBanks Show: Saturday, September 30
Sonrise Show: Saturday-Sunday, October 14-15
KJM Farm Show: Saturday, October 28
SaddleBack Halloween Party: Sunday, October 29
Cadence Show (Edmond, OK): Saturday, November 4
HJEO Fall Finale Show (Tulsa Fairgrounds): November 16-19

SaddleBack Equestrian News:
 

NEW SaddleBack Shop! Order SaddleBack merchandise online & have shipped to your home!
Have you always wanted a SaddleBack polo or hat?  Do you need a warm hoodie or fleece zip-up for the upcoming months?  You can now order & pay for these directly online through a link on our website! Two Socks Designs has been providing SaddleBack merchandise to us for years, but now has an online site to order directly from them instead of waiting for our seasonal merchandise orders. We also have a list of our current on-hand merchandise including t-shirt as low as $5. Go to the website link below to see what items we are currently offering and to order online. How easy is that?! 

SaddleBack Shop

SaddleBack Equestrian Lesson & Lease Fees:

  • 1.5 hr Beginner Group Lesson: $40
  • 1 hr Beginner Private lesson: $45
  • Boarder Group Lesson: $35
  • Boarder Private Lesson: $45
  • School Horse Jumping Group: $45
  • School Horse Jumping Private: $50
  • 1/2 LEASE School Horse: $275/month for 12 month (or $295/6 months; $325/3months); all bills paid except lessons & show fees

Contact Us (or text: 918-408-6446) to setup Private Into 1-Hr lesson for $45

Fall Show Season
Fall show season is in full swing! Sign-up sheets for the remaining September-November shows are posted on the tack room window. If you ride a school horse and have a favorite horse you want to ride in a show(s), sign your name and preferred horse up ASAP as they are assigned on a 1st-come-1st-serve basis if not leased. One of the many perks of leasing a SaddleBack horse is that you are ALWAYS guaranteed your horse for lessons and shows AND save on horse rental fees. If you have any questions about shows or leasing a school horse, please contact SaddleBack or ask your trainer. 

SaddleBack Halloween Party: Sunday, October 29, 3-4:30pm: Come join us for a fun afternoon of costume parade, painted pumpkin display, games and candy/treats.  The costume parade contest starts at 3:30pm in the Jumper Ring. Sign-ups will be posted on the tack-room window in early October.  Sign up early as we had over 20 people signed up & participate last year!  Bring your painted (not carved) pumpkin to display/be voted on, and we will later place the pumpkins around the arena and under jumps for all to enjoy during lessons the following week. We are offering prizes this year for the winning pumpkin and for each costume category! Hope to see everyone there!  

Congrats to SaddleBack Equestrian Riders at the River Run Show!

Congratulation to our riders on their accomplishments at the River Run Show! We had multiple Champion or Reserve Champion in divisions! Congrats to all! Highlights: 
Savannah/Tuffy- Champion Beginners
Katie/Payday- Champion AC Beginner Hunters
Laura/Kip- Reserve Campion AC Hunters
Deborah/Nate- Reserve Champion 2' Equitation
Katie/Payday- Champion AC Beginner Eq
Savannah/Tuffy- Reserve Champion Beginner Eq
Laura/Kip- Reserve Champion AC Beginner Eq
Grace/Bishop- multiple 2nd & 3rds in AC Beginner Hunter for Bishop's 1st hunter show & Grace's 2nd
Way to go ladies!! So proud of all our riders & horses! 

Congrats to our riders on a fantastic SummerFest show last month! Each of our riders took home at least 1 blue ribbon!!
Highlights:
Hannah/Winston: Champion in TIP Hunters, great ribbons in Mods
Deborah/Nate: won 2' handy hunter class out of 10, + multiple other ribbons for Nate's 1st show
Katie/Payday: won Eq flat class + other great ribbons
Emily/Shadow: won hunter round + multiple other ribbons at Emily's 1st show
Savannah/Tuffy: won hunter round + multiple other ribbons Sun after Savannah sitting out Sat due to injury.  
Way to go ladies, & a big thank you to our amazing horses who were troopers despite the heat!!
 

Congrats riders for SaddleBack Equestrian Summer Show!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Summer Horse Show held on Saturday, August 26th was a great success! We had a great turnout and for many of our riders it was their very first show!  Thank you to everyone that participated and came out to support.  A Big Thank You to Mary Beach for providing water, Gatorade and snacks to both riders & staff!

Order SaddleBack Merchandise directly online!

SaddleBack Equestrian merchandise is now available to order online thanks to Two Socks Designs! Visit: https://www.saddlebackequestrian.com/sbe-shop/ 
to order online today. Items include polos, v-necks, jackets, fleece zip-ups, hats, visors, ear warmers, warm-up pants, long sleeve tees, hoodies & more--all in a variety of sizes & colors!

Riding Tip Corner

“Rise and Fall with the Leg on the Wall.” 
It’s important for equitation riders to know that in a horse show they must rise and fall (or sit gently!) with the horse’s shoulder that is closest to the arena fence or wall or they will be marked down. This is called the diagonal when doing the posting trot. 

BUT WHY DO WE DO IT? 
It’s really a matter of consistency and using the outside should as a rule allows for the consistency.  Here’s why...

HOW THE HORSE MOVES
The horse moves in diagonal pairs at the trot. In other words his left fore and right hind work as a team and his right for and left hind work as a team.
When your rider is on the left diagonal the horse is pushing him out of the saddle with his right hind leg.  When your rider is on the right diagonal the horse will push him out of the saddle with his left hind leg. The contracting and lengthening of the muscles used during the lifting process is an exercise for the horse.  Logic says if we always have students post to the outside shoulder and they make the same number of tours around the arena in each direction, the hindquarters will receive the same amount of work on each side.

Do you know how to Rise and Fall with the leg on the wall??  If you are a beginner rider then your riding instructor will help you learn this technique.  If you are a more advanced rider then instead of looking or glancing down at the outside shoulder, start to “feel” the movement of when you’re on the correct diagonal instead of looking of glancing.  If you can feel the correct diagonal with your seat instead of looking down for it, then you can start rising/posting on the correct diagonal instead of sitting 2 beats if it is incorrect.  This will help you in your equitation classes. Try this out in your next lesson!

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July 2017 Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

SaddleBack In-Barn Show: Saturday, August 26
Showtime Summerfest Show (Claremore): August 19-20
SaddleBack Beginner Fall Session begins: week of August 27
River Run Show: Saturday, September 9
River Run Show: Sunday, September 10 (2 separate shows)
Farewell Farm Show: Saturday, September 16
LamBanks Show: Saturday, September 30
Sonrise Show: Saturday, October 14
KJM Farm Show: Saturday, October 28
HJEO Fall Finale (Tulsa Fairgrounds): November 16-19

SaddleBack Equestrian News:
 

SaddleBack Summer Show - Sat, August 26!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Summer Horse Show will be on Saturday, August 26th. The Prize-List (with show schedule) and Sign-up sheets are posted on the tack room window. Entry forms are available in the tack room. A $50 deposit & Entry Form are 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 get a taste of what shows are like, and for those already showing to practice moving up a division.

Fall Beginner Lesson Session starting in 4 weeks!
Fall session for our very beginner riders starts the week of August 27th! This is a 13 week session offered to beginner students 7 days a week. Benefits include weekly 1-hour lessons at discount rates! Sign up soon while spots are still available. Go to the website link below for more info, dates/times, and to sign up and pay online. How easy is that?! 

Fall Registration


Fall Lesson Schedule: Sign-ups Posted!!
It's hard to believe that back-to-school and Fall Lesson schedules are right around the corner! Back to school 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 Monday, August 7th as to which days are most convenient for you/your child to lesson, when is the earliest & latest you can lesson, 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 fall schedule. Please Note: The trainers will do their best to accommodate your schedule; however, with 150+ students we cannot guarantee everyone's preferred day & time but will do our best. 

Fall Shows
Sign-up sheets for August and September shows are on tack room window. Please sign up ASAP to reserve your spot and your favorite horse if on a school horse. We expecting quite a few riders at our shows this Fall & are looking forward to a great show season.  Please contact SaddleBack or your trainers with any questions regarding horse shows. 

SaddleBack Summer Show - Saturday, August 26!

The date of our Summer Show is just 4 weeks away!  

What:   SaddleBack Summer Show 

Who:   Open to all SaddleBack riders; Leadline open to anyone (even if never ridden for us--ages 6 & under)

When:   Saturday, August 26

Time:   8:00am - 1:00pm (each division will have their own estimated start time)

Where:    SaddleBack Equestrian

Classes/Divisions:  

  • Divisions consists of 5 classes (Division descriptions listed on attached Prizelist); We recommend riders compete in an entire division which include 5 classes consisting of:
    • 3 jumping or ground pole classes (Hunter I, Hunter II, Equitation Over Fences/Poles): each individual rider does the assigned “course” over 6-8 ground poles or jumps depending on their division.  Each class is placed individually (1st-8th place ribbons for each class).
    • 2 non-jumping/pole “Flat” classes (Hunter Under Saddle & Equitation on Flat):  together, riders, walk, trot (and canter only for those in the cantering division) both directions of the ring.  Each class is placed individually (1st-8th place ribbons for each class).  
  • Ribbons awarded for EACH class, plus Champion & Reserve Champion Ribbons for EACH Division

 Costs: (Estimated Costs for Each Rider, excluding Leadline): 

    • Division (includes all 5 classes in Division):  $75
    • Trainer Coaching (for Trainer to coach rider through warm-up & all their classes):  $35
    • Office Fee (per each rider):  $10
    • School Horse Rental (for using one of SaddleBack's school horses instead of own horse):  $30
    • Total Cost:  $150 per rider for Entire Division* (5 classes) w/School Horse, Trainer Coaching & Office Fees 
      • *If you are showing your own horse or leased horse then Total Cost is $120 instead of $150 (no school horse rental fee)

Leadline ONLY Class Cost:

  • Leadline: for ANYONE 6 years of age or younger. Does NOT have to be a SaddleBack student—can be siblings, friends, neighbors, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. These young riders will be led via leadline on one of SaddleBack’s school horses, walking only. 
    • Total Cost for Leadline:  $25; SaddleBack can help to arrange someone (trainer or helper) to “lead” school horse around with rider, SaddleBack will provide helmets, horses & equipment; riding attire is NOT required
    • 1st place Blue Ribbons awarded for EVERY rider that participates in Leadline class

Sign-up Sheets for this show (w/school horse reservations) are now posted up at the barn on the Tack Room window.  Please sign-up ASAP to reserve your preferred school horse as they are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  A $50 non-refundable deposit w/entry form is needed to reserve horse—refundable only if date change due to weather. 

*School Horses Available (12 total): Belle, Penny, Lily, Payday, Mac, Charlie, Brady, Bishop, Shadow, Beau, Kip, Nim. Each of the 12 school horses can do 2 divisions PLUS leadline. 

A Prize List with schedule/info and Entry Forms are posted at the barn or you can Email Us for a copy and we can email you pdfs of both.   

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  We’re looking forward to a wonderful show and hope everyone can participate!  

June Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events:

(Events held at SaddleBack in Bold)
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
SaddleBack In-Barn Show: August 5 (tentative date)
Showtime Summeriest Show (Claremore): August 19-20
River Run Show: September 9 & 10 (2 separate shows)
Farewell Farm Show: September 16
LamBanks Show: September 30

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

2 Remaining Summer Camps for 2017!

Summers At SaddleBack summer camps are back with new activities, crafts, & games! Camps held daily 9-3, and we make learning to ride FUN!!! The Beginner June 7-9 & June 19-23 completely filled up! Our remaining 2 camps slots are filling up quickly so hurry and enroll today! 

June 26-29 (Adv Beg), 4-day: $275 - 2 slots left

July 17-21 (Beginner), 5-day:  $300 - 4 slots left

CLICK HERE for Summer Camp Info & Registration!

A Big Welcome to SaddleBack's newest Boarders!
Welcome horses Scout and Nate to SaddleBack! We are delighted to have them with us.  Scout is in full training with Ms Audra as he is recently off the track and learning a new discipline.  His owner Debbie's granddaughter has been riding with us for a while on our school horses.  Nate and Deborah are new to SaddleBack, and we couldn't be happier to have them!
 

SaddleBack Tack FINAL CLOSEOUT SALE Sat, June 24!

SaddleBack Tack, an affiliate of SaddleBack Equestrian, will no longer be selling tack and is having a final closeout sale this Saturday, June 24th from 9am-3pm at SaddleBack Equestrian. Be sure to stop by for great deals on boots, chaps, riding gear and more!  Call or text Crystal at 918-636-9888 for more details!


Congrats to Sonrise/OHJA Show riders/horses:

Congratulations to our SaddleBack riders/horses on fantastic Sonrise and OHJA shows June 3 & 4! Achievements include:

Emma/Stick: Champion 2’3 Low
Lisa/Kip: Champion AC Beginner (Sat)
Katie/Payday: Champion AC Beginner (Sun)
Clara/Teddy: Reserve Champion 2’3 Low
Alyssa/Shadow: Reserve Champion AC Beginner
Hannah/Winston: 1st and multiple 2nd in Modifieds/TIPs
Madeline/Kip: Multiple 1st in AC Beginner
Ava/Brady: 1st Equitation on Flat for 2’
Lindsey/Charlie: multiple 2nds in AC Beginner
Courtney/Angel: 2nd in a big Intermediate Division
Savannah/Tuffy: 2nds in a big Beginner Division
Jamey/Oro: 2nds in a big Beginner Division
Laura/Kip: 2nd in Equitation on Flat for 2’

Way to go SaddleBack riders! We’re so proud of you, your accomplishments, and ultimately the wonderful horsemanship & sportsmanship you display!!

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 for the remainder of the summer! 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 SaddleBack at 918-408-6446!