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 !