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!

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

Classes/Divisions:  

  • 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!  

Not too late for Fall Session Lessons!!

IT ISN'T TOO LATE FOR THE...

SADDLEBACK FALL SESSION!

Fall session may have already began, but it isn't too late to still sign up! Sessions are still available! 11 weeks are still remaining! Sign up today! 

Sessions and times are listed below:

Sundays         2:00-3:00
Mondays        4:30-5:30- FULL
Tuesdays       5:30-6:30- FULL
Wednesdays   5:30-6:30
Thursdays      5:30-6:30
Fridays           4:30-5:30- FULL
Saturdays      10:00-11:00

Call or text 918-408-6446 to sign up!

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.

 

SaddleBack Equestrian News: 2016 April Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

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

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

SaddleBack Equestrian News

 

SUMMER CAMPS - Early Bird Registration ends April 30:

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

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

CLICK HERE for Summer Camp Info & Registration!

Looking forward to another wonderful Summer at SaddleBack! 

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


HJEO Benefit Show RESCHEDULED:

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

Spring Schooling Shows:

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

Merchandise Orders are here:  

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

Congrats to River Run Show riders/horses:

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

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

Congrats to all!
 

Congrats to Farewell Farm Show riders:

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

School Horse of Month

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

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

Riding Tip Corner

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

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

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