April 2018 Newsletter SaddleBack Equestrian

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

May 11-13: George Morris clinic at Sheridan Stables
May 12th- SBE in Barn Horse Show
May 19: KJM Show
June 2-3: Sonrise Show
June 3: Beginner Summer Session begins, 13-weeks
June 5-7: Beginner Camp, 3-day
June 9: Revery Show
June 11-15: Beginner Camp, 5-day
June 18-22: Beginner Camp, 5-day
June 25-28: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Camp. 4-day
July 9-13: Beginner Camp, 5-day

SaddleBack Equestrian News:
Thank you to all who came out to the annual shop until you drop and barn meeting at the Horse of Course in Claremore on April 8th!  Congrats to our 2017 Super SaddleBacker Award recipients: 

  • Best Faller Off-er: Madeline W & Hanley H
  • Best Horsemanship: Deborah & Emily M
  • Best Sportsmanship: Laney H & Ryan R
  • Most Improved: Bailey B & Payton P
  • School Horse of the Year: Southern Belle (Belle)

The awards are being engraved and should be back hanging up in the tack room soon! 


SaddleBack Spring Horse Show May 12th!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Spring Horse Show will be on Saturday, May12th at 9am. Sign-up sheets are 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.

Summer Camp Dates Posted: 
SaddleBack Summer Camp schedule is now posted online with our first camp starting June 7. We have a 3-day Beginner camp, 5-day beginner camps & an Advanced Beginner/Intermediate camp. This year camps run an extra 30 minutes longer: 9am-3:30pm. New and Experienced riders welcome! Join us for games, activities, lessons, horsemanship & more! Cost of camp is $210-$325 depending on number of days. A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot & camps fill yearly. 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

Summer Beginner Lesson Session Begins June 3rd:
SaddleBack's Summer Beginner Lesson Session for the newest of riders begins Sunday, June 3rd. 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


Congrats to our riders that recently started leasing horses this Spring!

  • Melody - Rose
  • Savannah - Oro
  • Katie - Tuffy
  • Emmy - Payday
  • Madeline - Stick
  • Cate - Faith
  • Halston- Tuffy
  • Mary - Copper

March Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

April 7: SaddleBack In-Barn Spring Show (moved from March 31)
April 7: River Run Show
April 11-15: Tulsa Rendezvous Show, Tulsa Fairgrounds
April 18-22: Tulsa Rendezvous II Show, Tulsa Fairgrounds
May 11-13: George Morris clinic at Sheridan Stables
May 19: KJM Show
June 2-3: Sonrise Show
June 3: Beginner Summer Session begins, 13-weeks
June 5-7: Beginner Camp, 3-day
June 9: Revery Show
June 11-15: Beginner Camp, 5-day
June 18-22: Beginner Camp, 5-day
June 25-28: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Camp. 4-day
July 9-13: Beginner Camp, 5-day

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

Annual Discount Shopping Day &  SaddleBack Barn Meeting, Sunday, April 8 at 1:30pm!
The annual barn meeting will be held at The Horse of Course in Claremore on Sunday, April 8 from 1:30-3:30pm (meeting 1:45-2:15pm, shopping after).  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! 

SaddleBack Spring Horse Show April 7!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Spring Horse Show will be on Saturday, April 7 (moved from 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.

Summer Camp Dates Posted: 
SaddleBack Summer Camp schedule is now posted online with our first camp starting June 7. We have a 3-day Beginner camp, 5-day beginner camps & an Advanced Beginner/Intermediate camp. This year camps run an extra 30 minutes longer: 9am-3:30pm. New and Experienced riders welcome! Join us for games, activities, lessons, horsemanship & more! Cost of camp is $210-$325 depending on number of days. A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot & camps fill yearly. 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

Summer Beginner Lesson Session Begins June 3rd:
SaddleBack's Summer Beginner Lesson Session for the newest of riders begins Sunday, June 3rd. 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

Congrats to Jamey & Clara on their new horses!
Congratulations to Jamey on her recent purchase of the black beauty Oldenburg Eloquence (aka Ella)! She is a new barn favorite with her friendly and loving personality. She is always eager to greet visitors walking the barn aisles. Another big contrats goes to Clara and her lovely Dutch Warmblood mare Carriere Z (aka Carrie)! We are so happy Carrie is staying here at SaddleBack and can not wait to see her and Clara grow as a team! We wish them all the best as they get to know their new companions better!

 

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!