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.  

Riding Tip of the Month

Crops: Their Purpose and the Proper Way to Use Them

Crops are used often in horseback riding. They act as an extension of your arm or leg in order to reinforce your commands. If you’re riding a lazy horse, you may want a crop to help get them moving. Hold the crop in your dominant hand (unless your horse likes to cut corners and veer away from the fence; then you may want to hold it in your inside hand) and gently tap the horse behind your leg. You should only tap a horse with a crop if they have ignored your previous commands. Crops are only used as a last resort if your horse isn’t listening to you, and should never be used to punish or intentionally hurt the horse. If you are whacking your horse and leaving marks on them, you are hitting them too hard. Horses may also associate the overuse of a crop with something they are frightened of. For example, if your horse is afraid to cross a stream, and you are continuously whipping them with a crop, it will probably only make them even more afraid of the stream, and next time, they will be even more reluctant. Crops are a great tool to help make your horse obey you, but should only be used as a reinforcement, not a punishment.

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 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

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
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


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.



SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

SaddleBack Beginner Camp:  July 18-22
SaddleBack Summer BBQ: August 14, 6:30-8:30
SaddleBack Fall Lesson Session Begins: August 15
SummerFest Show (@Claremore Expo): August 20-21
River Run Show: September 10
Cadence Equestrian Show (@Edmond): September 17-18
LamBanks Show (@ Whispering Willow): September 24

SaddleBack Equestrian News

SADDLEBACK EQUESTRIAN LAST SUMMER CAMP FOR SEASON! Sign up now for SaddleBack's last camp of the summer.  We added a new 1/2 day option to some of our beginner camps this year. We have fun-filled learning activities involving daily riding lessons, hands on horse care (grooming, bathing, etc), water balloons, crafts, games, trivia, and much more!

  • July 18-22 (Beginner Camp) = $300 full day, 5-day camp; *½-day option for $195

CLICK HERE for Summer Camp Info & Registration!

LOOK FOR SADDLEBACK ON CHANNEL 2 NEWS!!  KJRH 2 News is doing a series on less well-known Olympic sports and equestrian is one of them. They chose to interview SaddleBack and Ashley Zilmer, owner/head trainer, and also videoed footage of one of Ashley's group jumping lessons. The newscaster found the equestrian sport so intriguing that he got on and learned to ride with the students cheering him on!  It was so much fun!  Channel 2 said they'll be airing the segment right before airing equestrian footage during the Olympics in a couple weeks and in a nightly news cast before the Olympics begin. What a great opportunity to promote our sport!!! 

Warm Welcome to Our New Trainers!  SaddleBack is excited to introduce two of the newest trainers to the SaddleBack team--Kristen Dagleish and Ashley Stevens! They are currently teaching beginner lessons to new and existing students and doing an amazing job. Bio's of both will be posted soon to our website. We are so excited to have them on board!!

SaddleBack Summer BBQ! Sunday, August 14th!  Trainer Jessie Vallier will be hosting our summer BBQ for all SaddleBack riders, boarders, families, and staff on Sunday, August 14th from 6:30-8:30pm! This will be a fun event to top off the summer season with yummy, potluck dinner, BBQ, games & fun! Sign-up sheets & directions will be posted soon on tack room window. Come join us to meet other SaddleBack patrons and staff and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Vallier Acres just a few miles from SaddleBack!

School Horse Partial Lease Specials: Did you know that you could lease one of SaddleBack's 14 amazing school horses? SaddleBack is currently offering a partial lease special $25 off each month. Sign a partial lease by August 1st and receive $25 off per month on a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month lease! (applies to new leases only)

  • Regular rates are as follows:
    • 3 months= $300 per month
    • 6 months= $275 per month
    • 12 months=$250 per month

Benefits of partial lease are ability to ride lease horse on your own outside of lessons, 1st option to ride "your" horse at horse shows, extra practice rides, and discounts on both lessons and horse shows!  Please contact SaddleBack at 918-408-6446, your trainer, or email ashley@SaddleBackEquestrian.com for more details!!


Congrats to Sonrise Show riders/horses: Big Congrats to the SaddleBack Equestrian riders on a successful Sonrise Show last month! Highlights include:
Carsyn/Pete – Champion, Puddle Jumpers & Winner of the Jumper Classic!
Jamey/Oro – Champion, Long Stirrup Sunday & Reserve Champion Saturday
Courtney/Angel – Champion, Intermediates
Kristen/Lily – Champion, 2’3 Low Hunters
Marissa/Cappy – Reserve Champion, Thoroughbred Hunters
Courtney/Angel qualified for Year End HJEO Hunter, Emma/Karma earned multiple 2nds in jumpers, Abbie/Beau earned multiple 2nds & 3rd in OHJA Mini-Medal, & Ava/Payday won 2nd in her first show! Kenzie/AngelLauren H/CharlieSiera/Beau, & Emma/Stick all also earned 2nd place ribbons in their divisions along with numerous other ribbons! Lauren S/Payday earned multiple ribbons in AC Beginners coming back strong Sunday after challenging Saturday, & Annie/Jack had a wonderful debut earning ribbons in baby Jack’s first show! Congrats on great riding and the wonderful horsemanship/sportsmanship you each portray!

Reminder: SaddleBack Tack Now Open: SaddleBack Tack merchandise arrived! We have beginner packages available through our new shop SaddleBack Tack. Ovation Equistretch Chaps, Equistar breeches, and Equistar boots...ALL for $99 combined. If you are interested in new boots, helmets, breeches, chaps, crops, gloves, and show coats, please give Crystal a call or text at 918-636-9888!  Some common items such as boots, breeches, and chaps will be in stock. Other items can be ordered and shipped within 7 business days.  Consignment portion of the store is in the works & coming soon. With that said, if you have any equestrian apparel you or your child has outgrown and you would like to sell, SaddleBack Tack will sell it for you on SaddleBack Equestrian's website for a small commission of 20%.   

SaddleBack Equestrian Staff:

Ashley Zilmer - Owner / Trainer

Crystal Pirkle - Office Mgr, SaddleBack Tack Owner

Jessie Vallier - Trainer 

Kristen Dagleish - Beginner Trainer

Ashley Stephens - Beginner Trainer

Jose Barron - Barn Mgr


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!



SADDLEBACK NEWS: March 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

River Run Schooling Show: Saturday, April 9
Farewell Farm Schooling Show: Saturday, April 23 (Sun, Apr 24 DERBY DAY)
HJEO Benefit Show (@Farewell): Saturday, April 30
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
SaddleBack Int/Advanced Camp:  June  27-30

SaddleBack Equestrian SPRING SHOW, Saturday March 26: Prize list, info, and sign up sheet for the SaddleBack Spring Show are on tack room window. Hurry and sign up to reserve your preferred school horse if you do not have your own horse to show! Each school horse can show in up to 2 divisions plus the lead-line class and will be assigned on a 1st-come-1st-serve basis with completed Entry Form and $40 deposit securing the horse. This fun event allows riders new to showing a "taste" of the horse show atmosphere, while the more experienced riders can test their skills and/or practice moving up a division!  Divisions include ground pole, mini-stirrup, 2'-2'3, 2'6 & the adorable lead-line class.  Ribbons are awarded in all classes plus division champions and reserves. Sign up today!  

MERCHANDISE ORDERS - Due Friday, March 25: SaddleBack is selling Spring merchandise! We have purple and black short sleeve polos, bright fuchsia pink and dark emerald green V-neck tees, and black and coral hats with or without names embroidered on the back. Please see order forms on tack room window in the barn for more information. Orders are due by next Friday, March 25.

SUMMER CAMPS - Summers at SaddleBack Summer Camps: Summer Camps dates are now posted on the Events page on our website. Camps are offered from Beginner through 3'+ jumping level. To view dates, info, pricing and the 2016 Camp Registration Form, go to:  www.SaddleBackEquestrian.com

Schooling Shows: Schooling Show season is upon us with the first schooling show (River Run) just a few weeks away on April 9.  SaddleBack only does up to 2'3 (if in indoor arena) for River Run, but we already have Short/Long Stirrup, 2' and 2'3 Beginner Riders signed up.  The next shows are Farewell Farm April 23 and HJEO Benefit Show on April 30. Show sign-ups through June 6 are posted on the tack room window.  

SaddleBack Discount Shopping Day EXTENDED: Due to many SaddleBack riders unable to attend the March 6 meeting (many due to illness, etc), EquiVenture has been kind to extend the offer of 15% off all items (excluding Antares items offered at 5% off) to our clients through the month of March!  If you wish to utilize this discount, please let EquiVenture know upon arrival that you were unable to make our meeting, and they we honor the discount upon checkout.  They also honored discount for items not in stock to be ordered and shipped to store for pickup w/free shipping. 

Super SaddleBacker Awards: SaddleBack is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Super SaddleBack Awards: 
Most Improved:  Madeline W & Kai
Best Sportsmanship: Cate & Janet H
Best Horsemanship: Mary & Samantha
Best Faller-Offer: Lauren H & Rebecca
School Horse of Year: Miss Money Penny (voted by meeting attendees)
Congratulations to the recipients! Updated awards with engraved plaques are on display in the tack room!