January Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

January 27-28: GO Winter Show, OKC Fairgrounds
February 3: HJEO Awards Banquet, Tulsa
February 17: OHJA Awards Banquet, OKC
March 4: Spring Beginner Lesson Session begins
March 3-4: GO Clinic w/Britt McCormick, OKC Fairgrounds
March 19-22: Spring Break Camp at SaddleBack
March 31: SaddleBack In-Barn Spring Show
April 7: River Run Show
April 11-15: Tulsa Rendezvous Show, Tulsa Fairgrounds
April 18-22: Tulsa Rendezvous II Show, Tulsa Fairgrounds
May 12-13: LamBanks Schooling Show
May 19: KJM Show

SaddleBack Equestrian News:
Spring Break Camp
SaddleBack Spring Break Camp begins Monday, March 19th-Thursday, March 22nd from 9am-3pm. New and Experienced riders welcome! Join us for games, activities, lessons, horsemanship & more! Cost of camp is $250. A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot by 2/20. 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

Spring Beginner Lesson Session Begins March 4:
SaddleBack's Spring Beginner Lesson Session for the newest of riders begins Sunday, February 25th. 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


SaddleBack Spring Horse Show March 31st!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Spring Horse Show will be on Saturday, March 31st. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the tack room window shortly. 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.

Parent/Rider Questionnaire & Parent/Trainer Conferences
SaddleBack supports our students’ goals by working with each student to help achieve them. For some, riding lessons may be a way to exercise and socialize. For others, it becomes a passion they continue to pursue through horse shows, college, and even a chosen career path. With this in mind, SaddleBack has tried to provide each parent (or adult if adult rider) a Questionnaire to be completed and dropped into the red Payment box in the Tack Room. This short 5-10 minute Questionnaire will help us better understand your goals and better inform you of all SaddleBack and this sport has to offer!

Questionnaires are available via email or texting SaddleBack and printed copies located in the tack room. Please complete the survey ASAP--print off & bring to next lesson, fill out during your child's lesson, or take copy home & bring back, dropping into red Payment box in tack room once completed.  

The Questionnaire offers an opportunity for you to sign up for a free 15-minute one-on-one conference with your trainer to discuss goals, questions, programs, and any SaddleBack news that you or your child may want to know about. Also, you may request information in the Questionnaire without scheduling a conference if you'd like.  We will begin to send out the requested information and schedule requested conferences after the holidays! Thank you for working with SaddleBack to help us better understand our riders goals and help them grow!

Congrats to SaddleBack riders on a fantastic 2017 Show Season! Below are the riders that showed with us in 2017:

Alyssa/Shadow
Aubrey/Faith
Ava/Brady
Clara/Teddy
Courtney/Angel
Deborah/Nate
Emily T/Kip
Emily M/Shadow
Emma/Stick
Grace/Bishop
Hannah/Winston
Jamey/Oro
Jeanie/Prince
Katie L/Payday
Laura B/Kip
Lindsey A/Charlie
Lisa L/Kip
Madeline/Kip
Megan/Benji
Savannah/Tuffy

Way to go!! So proud of all our riders & horses! 

June Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events:

(Events held at SaddleBack in Bold)
SaddleBack Beginner Camp:
 June 19-23
SaddleBack Advanced Beginner Camp: June 26-29
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16
SaddleBack Beginner Camp: July 17-21
SaddleBack In-Barn Show: August 5 (tentative date)
Showtime Summeriest Show (Claremore): August 19-20
River Run Show: September 9 & 10 (2 separate shows)
Farewell Farm Show: September 16
LamBanks Show: September 30

SaddleBack Equestrian News:

2 Remaining Summer Camps for 2017!

Summers At SaddleBack summer camps are back with new activities, crafts, & games! Camps held daily 9-3, and we make learning to ride FUN!!! The Beginner June 7-9 & June 19-23 completely filled up! Our remaining 2 camps slots are filling up quickly so hurry and enroll today! 

June 26-29 (Adv Beg), 4-day: $275 - 2 slots left

July 17-21 (Beginner), 5-day:  $300 - 4 slots left

CLICK HERE for Summer Camp Info & Registration!

A Big Welcome to SaddleBack's newest Boarders!
Welcome horses Scout and Nate to SaddleBack! We are delighted to have them with us.  Scout is in full training with Ms Audra as he is recently off the track and learning a new discipline.  His owner Debbie's granddaughter has been riding with us for a while on our school horses.  Nate and Deborah are new to SaddleBack, and we couldn't be happier to have them!
 

SaddleBack Tack FINAL CLOSEOUT SALE Sat, June 24!

SaddleBack Tack, an affiliate of SaddleBack Equestrian, will no longer be selling tack and is having a final closeout sale this Saturday, June 24th from 9am-3pm at SaddleBack Equestrian. Be sure to stop by for great deals on boots, chaps, riding gear and more!  Call or text Crystal at 918-636-9888 for more details!


Congrats to Sonrise/OHJA Show riders/horses:

Congratulations to our SaddleBack riders/horses on fantastic Sonrise and OHJA shows June 3 & 4! Achievements include:

Emma/Stick: Champion 2’3 Low
Lisa/Kip: Champion AC Beginner (Sat)
Katie/Payday: Champion AC Beginner (Sun)
Clara/Teddy: Reserve Champion 2’3 Low
Alyssa/Shadow: Reserve Champion AC Beginner
Hannah/Winston: 1st and multiple 2nd in Modifieds/TIPs
Madeline/Kip: Multiple 1st in AC Beginner
Ava/Brady: 1st Equitation on Flat for 2’
Lindsey/Charlie: multiple 2nds in AC Beginner
Courtney/Angel: 2nd in a big Intermediate Division
Savannah/Tuffy: 2nds in a big Beginner Division
Jamey/Oro: 2nds in a big Beginner Division
Laura/Kip: 2nd in Equitation on Flat for 2’

Way to go SaddleBack riders! We’re so proud of you, your accomplishments, and ultimately the wonderful horsemanship & sportsmanship you display!!

Lease a SaddleBack horse for the Summer!
Do you know all of our school horses? Would you like to lease one for the summer? What better way to spend time with your favorite horse this summer by leasing one of our school horses for the remainder of the summer! Take a look at our new Lease page on our website! Each school horse is proudly displayed with their own photo and bio so you get to know them better! We have 3 month leases available for $325/ month on many of our 12 school horses such as Bishop, Penny, Payday, Lily, Belle, Brady, Kip, & more! In addition to riding, you get $5 off each lesson, 2-3 scheduled rides a week (30-40 min in length), and 1st priority on horse shows and lessons! To see our school horses go to http://www.saddlebackequestrian.com/partial-leases/. If you are interested in leasing a SaddleBack school horse contact your trainer or SaddleBack at 918-408-6446!

SaddleBack February 2017 Newsletter

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

SaddleBack Beginner Spring Session: starts February 26
SaddleBack Tack Spring Fling Sale: Sat, March 4, 9-2pm
SaddleBack Annual Barn Mtg: Sun, March 12, 2-5pm
SaddleBack Spring Show: Sat, March 25
River Run Schooling Show: April 8
Tulsa Rendezvous "A" Rated Show (Tulsa Fairgrounds): April 19-23
Farewell Farm Show: May 5
KJM Farm Show: May 19 & 20 (5/19- 18"-2'6"; 5/20 -2'9"+ & Jumpers)
SaddleBack Beginner Summer Session: starts May 28
Sonrise Show: June 3
GO "A" Rated Show (OKC Fairgrounds): July 12-16

SaddleBack Equestrian News:
 

Congrats to SaddleBack OHJA Award Winners recognized at OHJA Banquet February 18!!

Spring Beginner Lesson Session Begins February 26th:
SaddleBack's Spring Beginner Lesson Session for the newest of riders begins Sunday, February 26th. A new schedule is posted on the SaddleBack website! Be sure to tell your friends about this beginner lesson program for Spring. You will receive 1 free lesson for anyone you refer that signs up for the Spring session. Click Lesson Session tab of our website for info on the sessions. Riders can still sign up for the session!

SaddleBack Tack Spring Fling Sale! Saturday, March 4th!
SaddleBack Tack is helping you gear up for the 2017 show season! Spring Fling Sale will take place on Saturday, March 4th from 9-2pm. ALL merchandise will be 30% OFF! Come see us outside of front barn door (weather permitting). 

Annual SaddleBack Barn Meeting, Sunday, March 12th at 2pm!
The annual barn meeting will be held at The Horse of Course in Claremore on Sunday, March 12th from 2-5pm (meeting 2-3pm, shopping event 3-5pm).  All items will be 20% OFF (excluding saddles). This discount also includes items not in stock but ordered in store during the event. Please attend this meeting as we will discuss upcoming shows (and have show sign-ups) & events, presenting the Super SaddleBack Awards, AND you get to shop! 

Sign Up for Spring Break Camp! March 13-16th!
SaddleBack Spring Camp begins Monday, March 13th-Thursday, March 16th from 9am-3pm. This will be an all-day camp only. Join us for games, activities, lessons, horsemanship & more! Cost of camp is $250. A deposit of $100 is required to reserve your spot. Go to our website www.SaddleBackEquestrian.com under the Camps/Parties link to download registration form. 
 
SaddleBack Spring Horse Show March 25th!
The SaddleBack In-Barn Spring Horse Show will be on Saturday, March 25th. Sign-up sheets are already posted on the tack room window. A $50 deposit is required when signing up to reserve your preferred school horse. Total show cost for a full division with school horse is $150 & cost with own horse is $120. This is a great opportunity for riders to "practice" a show and get a taste of what shows are like, and for those already showing to practice moving up a division. We still have some school horses available for the divisions so sign up today!

Spring Merchandise Forms
Yeah! Spring is right around the corner! SaddleBack will be releasing new merchandise forms for Spring apparel. Be looking for new polos, hats, shirts, & jackets! Keep in mind SaddleBack prefers all students showing to wear SBE polos to schooling at shows so this will be a great opportunity to get your polo before show season begins!

August Newsletter SaddleBack Equestrian

SaddleBack Equestrian Upcoming Events

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

SaddleBack Equestrian News

Fall Beginner Lesson Session Reminder!
Fall session begins the week of Sunday, August 28th! This is a 13 week session offered to beginner students 7 days a week. Benefits include weekly 1 hour lessons at discount rates! Sign up soon while spots are still available. Go to the website link below for more info, dates/times, and to sign up and pay online. How easy is that?! 

Fall Registration

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

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

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

Upcoming Show Season
Fall show season is upon us! Sign-up sheets are posted on the tack room window. If you ride a school horse and have a favorite horse you want to ride in a show(s), sign your name and preferred horse up ASAP as they are assigned on a 1st-come-1st-serve basis if not leased. One of the many perks of leasing a SaddleBack horse is that you are ALWAYS guaranteed your horse for lessons and shows AND save on horse rental fees. If you have any questions about shows or leasing a school horse, please contact SaddleBack or ask your trainer. We wish all our riders a successful and fun fall show season!

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

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

 

School Horse of Month

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

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

Riding Tip Corner

IT'S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT THE RIBBONS.

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

 

JUNE / JULY NEWSLETTER SADDLEBACK EQUESTRIAN

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. 


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!

 

 

SADDLEBACK NEWS: March 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

SADDLEBACK EQUESTRIAN SHOW: Saturday, March 26
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!