SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events
SaddleBack Fall Lesson Session: August 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?!
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!!
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 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.