July Newsletter 2018

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

Showtime Summerfest Show (Claremore): August 11-12
SaddleBack In-Barn Summer Show: Saturday, August 25
SaddleBack Beginner Fall Session begins: week of August 26
River Run Show: Saturday, September 8
Revery Equine Show: Saturday, September 22
LamBanks Show: Saturday, September 29
Sonrise Show: Saturday, October 6-7
KJM Farm Show: Saturday, October 27
SaddleBack In-Barn Halloween Show: Sat, November 3
HJEO Fall Finale (Tulsa Fairgrounds): November 14-18

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

Congratulations to Margaret on the purchase of Nim!! Were happy for the two of you, and excited to see you grow together! We will be on the look out for a new school horse.

SaddleBack Summer Show - Sat, August 25!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Summer Horse Show will be on Saturday, August 25th. The Prize-List (with show schedule) and Sign-up sheets are posted on the tack room window. Entry forms are available in the tack room. A $50 deposit & Entry Form are 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 get a taste of what shows are like, and for those already showing to practice moving up a division.

Summer Show Prize List

Fall Beginner Lesson Session starting in 4 weeks!
Fall session for our very beginner riders starts the week of August 26th! This is a 13 week session offered to beginner students newer to riding. Benefits include weekly 1-hour lessons at discount rates from $27/lesson! Sign up soon while spots are still available. Go to "Fall Session SignUp" link below for more info, dates/times, and to sign up and pay online. How easy is that?!
Fall Session SignUp

Fall Lesson Schedule: Sign-ups Posted!!
It's hard to believe that back-to-school and Fall Lesson schedules are right around the corner! Back to school brings us new lesson schedules for trainers and riders alike. Please check with your trainer's schedule of availability for the fall, and which days are most convenient for you/your child to lesson, when is the earliest & latest you can lesson, and if you prefer privates or groups. The trainers will contact you to finalize the day and lesson time for the fall schedule. Please Note: The trainers will do their best to accommodate your schedule; however, with 200+ students we cannot guarantee everyone's preferred day & time but will do our best. 

Fall Shows
Sign-up sheets for August and September shows are on tack room window. Please sign up ASAP to reserve your spot and your favorite horse if on a school horse. We expecting quite a few riders at our shows this Fall & are looking forward to a great show season.  Please contact SaddleBack or your trainers with any questions regarding horse shows. 

Tack & Apparel  For any riding attire, tack, etc we recommend: EquiVenture in Jenks, The Horse of Course in Claremore, or www.SmartPakEquine.com online--they have free shipping & returns for sized items.  

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

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!
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!!
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!

SaddleBack Summer Show - Saturday, August 26!

The date of our Summer Show is just 4 weeks away!  

What:   SaddleBack Summer Show 

Who:   Open to all SaddleBack riders; Leadline open to anyone (even if never ridden for us--ages 6 & under)

When:   Saturday, August 26

Time:   8:00am - 1:00pm (each division will have their own estimated start time)

Where:    SaddleBack Equestrian


  • Divisions consists of 5 classes (Division descriptions listed on attached Prizelist); We recommend riders compete in an entire division which include 5 classes consisting of:
    • 3 jumping or ground pole classes (Hunter I, Hunter II, Equitation Over Fences/Poles): each individual rider does the assigned “course” over 6-8 ground poles or jumps depending on their division.  Each class is placed individually (1st-8th place ribbons for each class).
    • 2 non-jumping/pole “Flat” classes (Hunter Under Saddle & Equitation on Flat):  together, riders, walk, trot (and canter only for those in the cantering division) both directions of the ring.  Each class is placed individually (1st-8th place ribbons for each class).  
  • Ribbons awarded for EACH class, plus Champion & Reserve Champion Ribbons for EACH Division

 Costs: (Estimated Costs for Each Rider, excluding Leadline): 

    • Division (includes all 5 classes in Division):  $75
    • Trainer Coaching (for Trainer to coach rider through warm-up & all their classes):  $35
    • Office Fee (per each rider):  $10
    • School Horse Rental (for using one of SaddleBack's school horses instead of own horse):  $30
    • Total Cost:  $150 per rider for Entire Division* (5 classes) w/School Horse, Trainer Coaching & Office Fees 
      • *If you are showing your own horse or leased horse then Total Cost is $120 instead of $150 (no school horse rental fee)

Leadline ONLY Class Cost:

  • Leadline: for ANYONE 6 years of age or younger. Does NOT have to be a SaddleBack student—can be siblings, friends, neighbors, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. These young riders will be led via leadline on one of SaddleBack’s school horses, walking only. 
    • Total Cost for Leadline:  $25; SaddleBack can help to arrange someone (trainer or helper) to “lead” school horse around with rider, SaddleBack will provide helmets, horses & equipment; riding attire is NOT required
    • 1st place Blue Ribbons awarded for EVERY rider that participates in Leadline class

Sign-up Sheets for this show (w/school horse reservations) are now posted up at the barn on the Tack Room window.  Please sign-up ASAP to reserve your preferred school horse as they are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  A $50 non-refundable deposit w/entry form is needed to reserve horse—refundable only if date change due to weather. 

*School Horses Available (12 total): Belle, Penny, Lily, Payday, Mac, Charlie, Brady, Bishop, Shadow, Beau, Kip, Nim. Each of the 12 school horses can do 2 divisions PLUS leadline. 

A Prize List with schedule/info and Entry Forms are posted at the barn or you can Email Us for a copy and we can email you pdfs of both.   

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  We’re looking forward to a wonderful show and hope everyone can participate!  

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!

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. 


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!