riding season full of events
for Oldham County Saddle Club
trail rides and social
events are among activities
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (May 2011) From the novice
to the experienced rider, the Oldham County Saddle Club offers something
to interest everyone. A wide range of fun equine activities will begin
in May and continue throughout the summer months for members.
Shows, trail rides and social events are just a few of the activities
for which the club is known. The club will kick off their Saturday Summer
Series Shows at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Oldham County Fairgrounds,
located at 2401 W. Hwy. 146.
This show is for anyone, from adults to children, said organizer
Sarah Garner. It is an open-breed show and will consist of 22 classes
including halter, dressage, English, trail and hunter classes.
It will be a public schooling show, said Garner, geared
for the amateur or novice rider who is willing to compete. A more
casual atmosphere will be found here than at some of the larger shows.
The Oldham County Saddle Club began in December 2009. The club consists
of more than 35 members, many of which are families. Volunteers organize
the Saturday Summer Series Shows, and riders do not have to be a member
The dates for this years shows are May 21, June 18, Aug. 27 and
Sept. 17. Rain dates are May 22, June 19, Aug. 28 and Sept. 18. Ribbons
will be awarded.
The goal of the club is to promote and encourage the care, riding and
enjoyment of horses. A bonus is the chance to have fun at equine events
and build friendships with others who share similar interests.
Members benefits include a listing in the Club Directory, participation
in member-only events, discounted horse show fees and participation
in Year-End Awards. Year-End participants must complete a total of four
hours of volunteer service with the club.
Members accumulate points based on their performance, said
Garner. At the end of the year, we have a Halloween Party and
present the Year-End Awards to our members. After that, the club
is usually dormant until January.
Dan Stratton is a member of the Oldham County Saddle Club and said the
events held at the Oldham County Fair Grounds are the most relaxed
events. In other competitions, there is a lot of pressure on what happens.
At these club shows, you can kick back and enjoy them. Stratton
has been showing quarterhorses and paints for the last 12 years. Garner
said the club will participate in this years Kentucky Derby Festival
Parade on Thursday, May 5. A majority of club members asked if they
could nominate themselves and then they ended up being selected. The
club will also participate in the Oldham County Day Parade on July 16
in La Grange and in the Oldham County Fair Horse Shows on July 19-20
and July 23.
Garner said the Oldham County Saddle Club will be hosting a Poker Run
fundraiser at 10 a.m. on June 25. Cost is $10 per rider. The ride will
be held at Taylorsville State Park because there are no local parks
in Oldham County, said Garner, and the park has pretty adequate
For more information please contact Sarah
Garner at (502) 744-5190 or visit www.OldhamCountySaddleClub.com.
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