SaddleBack Equestrian News: 2016 April Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

Farewell Farm Show (@Tulsa Fairgrounds): April 23 - 24
HJEO Benefit Show: Sat, April 30; Rescheduled--date TBA
Cadence Show (@Edmond): Saturday, May 11
KJM Farm Show: Saturday, May 21
Sonrise Show: Saturday, June 4
OHJA Benefit Show (@Sonrise): Sunday, June 5
SaddleBack Beginner Camp:  June  6-10
SaddleBack Advanced Beginner Camp:  June 14-17 

SaddleBack Beginner Camp:  June 20-24 * 1/2 day option
GO Preview Show (@OKC Fairgrounds):  July 7-10
GO Summer Show (@OKC Fairgrounds):  July 13-17
SaddleBack Beginner Camp:  July 18-22 * 1/2 day option
SummerFest Show (@Claremore Expo): August 13-14

SaddleBack Equestrian News

 

SUMMER CAMPS - Early Bird Registration ends April 30:

SaddleBack Equestrian Camps filling up!  Sign-up by April 30 to receive $10 off camp* 

  • June 6-10 (Beginner Camp) = $300, 5-day camp
  • June 14-17 (Advanced Beginner Camp) = $275, 4-day camp
  • June 20-24 (Beginner Camp) = $300 full day, 5-day camp; *½ -day option for $195
  • June 27-30 (Intermediate/Advanced Camp) = $275, 4-day camp
  • July 18-22 (Beginner Camp) = $300 full day, 5-day camp; *½-day option for $195

CLICK HERE for Summer Camp Info & Registration!

Looking forward to another wonderful Summer at SaddleBack! 

*Completed Registration Form and $100 deposit required to secure camp slot. Early bird $10 discount applies to final balance not deposit. Mail form & deposit to address on Registration Form or drop off at SaddleBack. 


HJEO Benefit Show RESCHEDULED:

The HJEO Benefit Show originally scheduled for Saturday, April 30 at Farewell Farm is being rescheduled.  New dates & info will be posted ASAP!  

Spring Schooling Shows:

Schooling Show season is here! With the first shows already successfully attended this month, the next upcoming shows include Cadence (in Edmond) May 14, KJM May 21, and Sonrise June 4 followed by OHJA Benefit Show June 5. Show sign-ups are posted on tack room window. Sign-up ASAP to allow hauling / stall accommodations as well as out of town accommodations for the OKC area shows.  

Merchandise Orders are here:  

SaddleBack Equestrian merchandise arrived! If you ordered merchandise, orders are in the tack room in a bag with your name on it. We also have SaddleBack Equestrian car decals on the way. These are complimentary to our SaddleBack clients. If you would like a decal to put on your car, please let us know so we will know how many decals to order. 
 

Congrats to River Run Show riders/horses:

Congratulation to our riders on their accomplishments at the River Run Show! All our riders showing moved up a division &/or competed higher fence height for the first time (including w/new mounts) & all rode very well earning great ribbons!  Achievements include: 

Academy Beginner Equitation Champion: Abbie/Beau
Beginner Hunter Champion: Kenzie/Angel
Intermediate Equitation ChampionMarissa/Cappy
Academy Beginner Hunter Reserve: Abbie/Beau
Beginner Hunter Equitation ReserveKenzie/Angel
Intermediate Equitation Reserve: Hannah/Winston
HJEO Hunter & Mini-Medal Ride-Offs QualifiersAbbie, Marissa & Hannah

Congrats to all!
 

Congrats to Farewell Farm Show riders:

SaddleBack is proud of our riders for their accomplishments at the Farewell Show! This was a show of growth as most were showing in bigger indoor venue for first time (both horses & riders), including those showing in their very first horse show or for the first time w/new mount, or competing in new divisions. Carsyn/Pete--winners in Puddle Jumpers & won Reserve Champion, Abbie/Beau--winners in Academy Beginners, Kenzie/Angel--winners in Beginners, Hannah/Winston earned 2nds in both Equitation & Hunter classes in big Intermediate Division, Marissa/Cappy earned numerous ribbons in both TIP & Intermediate Divisions, Lauren/Charlie earned ribbons in all Academy Beginner classes for her first show, Anysa/Romeo had some great rounds & earned ribbon in huge Beginner division for first debut together, and Emma/Karmarode her heart out in the Jumpers & TIP classes and showed everyone how to keep on going with things got tough! We’re not only proud of a job well done, but also the great show of both sportsmanship & horsemanship that each of our riders exhibited during this long but fun multi-day show! Thank you also to all the parents, relatives, friends and more for being a fabulous cheering section and supporting our riders!
 
Want to earn an extra $10??
In the tack room window you will find "REFER A FRIEND" business cards. Take some cards, write your name on each one, and pass out to friends, family, and acquaintances. Those receiving the cards will receive $10 off their first lesson at SaddleBack, AND you receive $10 off your next lesson when they present the card to us for their discount! Email: info@SaddleBackEquestrian.com for more info!

School Horse of Month

Sunny Delight, aka Sunny, is an 18 year old, 16 hand, sweet natured gelding that has won the hearts of many! Buckskin colored with dorsal stripe and black points, his registered name is Hold Me Down--double registered with both International Buckskin Association and Appaloosa Horse Club. In his earliest years, Sunny earned huge points in 2 year old lunge line events. He then did eventing up to 3'6" (jumping/cross country), dressage, and competed in Appaloosa and Buckskin shows--with World Champion points. He also competed very successfully in trail classes, hunter under saddle, numerous jumping events, and even worked cattle in Stillwater.

In his teenage years, Sunny became a part of the sweet Higinbotham family that loved him tremendously for many years, showing him successfully in both hunters & equitation. After selling their property w/land they boarded Sunny at SaddleBack Equestrian. Over the years he taught "his girl" many things helping her move up to higher jumping levels and develop into a great rider while always taking care of her. Eventually he grew older needing to step down from higher fences as she continued to move up. It was very hard hard for them to let this sweet soul go, but knowing he'd be well-cared for, available to ride and watch teach others, they kindly donated him to SaddleBack's lesson program. Our staff and patrons fell in love, and he quickly became a favorite amongst many lesson students. Recently due to some arthritic discomfort, SaddleBack & the Higinbotham family semi-retired him to 50 acres with his new owner, Allie. This kind soul taught many why we fall in love with horses and their gentle spirits, and we have no doubt he'll enjoy his semi-retirement teaching the new littlest ones how to ride! 

Riding Tip Corner

Show season is in full swing! Just like any other sport, horse shows require physical and mental preparation with the end goal to perform our best and yet make the best of it at the same time. Most shows need a lot of paperwork such as proof of negative coggins, registration and membership papers. Thankfully you have your head trainer/owner of SaddleBack who keeps the essential paperwork and supplies required for every horse show. A lot of supplies such as shipping halters, buckets, hay, feed, groom kits, medicine kits, tack, etc. are other items the horse trailer is stocked with to ensure things go smoothly. However, here are some things riders should bring:

  • Brushes and combs
  • Hoof pick
  • Towels/rags to remove dust & polish tack
  • Show Sheen
  • Baby wipes
  • Fly spray
  • Treats
  • Tack (Saddle, saddle pad, bridle, girth, etc)
  • Boots, show coat, extra show breeches and show shirt, helmet, hair nets, hair pins

Parents, family, and friends can do their part by making it a fun, family/friend event by saving the date, becoming familiar with the rules of the classes and divisions, dusting off boots/gear, providing water/drinks as needed, & being a positive support as competition is always stressful for the rider, horse, and trainer. Bring extra cash for food/drinks, lawn chairs if outdoors, sunscreen, and most of all fun & laughter! Laughter is the best medicine and our barn family always enjoys good company during show days! Looking forward to seeing you at the next show!