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

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! 

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!

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!

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!

August Newsletter SaddleBack Equestrian

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

SaddleBack Fall Lesson SessionAugust 28 - November 26
River Run Show: September 10
Cadence Equestrian Show (@Edmond): September 17-18
LamBanks Show (@ Whispering Willow): September 24
Sonrise Show: October 1-2
Farewell Show: October 15
KJM Farm Show: October 29
Cadence Equestrian Show (@Edmond): November 5-6
HJEO Fall Finale Show (@Tulsa Fairgrounds): Nov 17-20

SaddleBack Equestrian News

Fall Beginner Lesson Session Reminder!
Fall session begins the week of Sunday, August 28th! 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

SADDLEBACK EQUESTRIAN MADE THE NEWS!!
KJRH 2 News recently covered a series on lesser known Olympic sports including Equestrian and chose to include SaddleBack and Ashley Zilmer along with a few students as part of the video footage for the story. The story made its debut on August 15th and a link to the story on KJRH's website is listed below. Newscaster Jeremy Muhui was even generous enough to include a special link to SaddleBack Equestrian's website in his online story! We are extremely proud to promote the sport and thank KJRH for giving SaddleBack staff and students this opportunity to represent our barn. Go team SaddleBack!! 

http://www.kjrh.com/sports/olympics/rio-2016/olympics-101-a-look-into-the-2016-olympic-equestrian-competition

A BIG thanks to all for coming to SaddleBack BBQ!
We want to give a BIG shout out to trainer Jessie Vallier and her husband, Trent for hosting the SaddleBack Summer BBQ! Also a HUGE thanks to everyone who came and brought food! It seems the chickens and Jessie's horse, Ghost, entertained guests and made new friends!! The food and company were wonderful! It was great to see SaddleBack friends meet and get to know one another! We hope everyone enjoyed this event! Perhaps we will have another BBQ event next year! :)

Upcoming Show Season
Fall show season is upon us! Sign-up sheets 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. We wish all our riders a successful and fun fall show season!

Fall Merchandise
Fall merchandise orders will be going out soon. Be looking for order forms in the tack room. Items available for order this fall will be long-sleeve T-shirts, jackets, windpants, polos, and hats. Payments are due at time of order. SaddleBack accepts cash or checks ONLY for Fall Merchandise orders. We expect a faster turnaround time due to all items previously ordered last year.

Warm Welcome to Our New Trainer!
SaddleBack is excited to introduce our newest trainer to the SaddleBack team--Audra Glen! Audra is teaching new and existing students from beginner to jumping levels in schooling and rated shows. Click on the link below to view Audra's bio on our website. We are happy to have Audra on board!

 

School Horse of Month

Belle (aka Southern Bell) is a 13 year old, 11.1 hand, Welsh pony mare. Bay in color, Belle has a star and snip on her face, 3 white pasterns, and 1 white coronet. Before becoming a school horse at Saddleback, Belle was owned by another riding barn up in the Northeast. During her time there, Belle was used as a school horse, where she won several ribbons in the short/long stirrup division, including blues, and even competed in the Devon horse show! Her previous owners purchased her after her school horse days as more of a leadline horse for their two young daughters. Being a military family, they moved around a lot and sweet Belle always went with them. But, when it came time for the family to move to Fort Sill, Belle sadly needed a new home. We found her and knew she would be a perfect fit at Saddleback when her owners told us she would stand completely still and quiet in the cross ties while the two daughters painted her hooves with nail polish!

From there, Saddleback took her on as a lesson horse, retrained her to be a school horse again, and not just for the flat, but also for jumping lessons. Belle has been a pleasure to have at  Saddleback Equestrian. She’s taught many young riders the basics, taken a few over their first fences, and continues to be a favorite among all ages. Belle is currently available for lessons, short/long stirrup showing, and lease options. 

Riding Tip Corner

IT'S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT THE RIBBONS.

As fall show season is quickly approaching, a good reminder for all riders is this - it’s not just about the ribbons. The goal for most, if not all, riders is to leave a horse show with only blue, or first place, ribbons in hand. However, shows have so much more to offer than just shiny blue ribbons. Competing in horse shows can help you and your horse develop confidence, gain show experience, and learn what you can improve on for the next time you’re in the ring. Shows can be nerve-racking for riders of all ages and the only way to overcome the show day “jitterbugs” is to become confident in the ring. You might be overwhelmed by the more-experienced riders, the schooling ring packed with trainers yelling and everyone doing their own thing, or maybe even the thought of riding without your trainer walking you through every step of the way scares you. These fears, however, help develop deeper bonds and trust between horse and rider. When you’re afraid of all that a show entails, you have to trust that your horse will take care of you, and they learn the same from you. Creating this bond between you and your horse also helps both of you to feel more confident in the show ring. All the little details become less “scary” and you begin to relax, knowing what to expect, and that all you can give is your best. There are many factors that go into how well, and if, you place in a class or division. You are only in control of your attitude and actions throughout the show day. You can do numerous horse shows, performing consistently throughout the season, and still place all across the board. The overall placings are up to the judge. Instead of deciphering why you didn’t get first place for that one class or division from the show, try sitting down and talking with your trainer about what you did well in each round and where you can improve for the next round or horse show.