Hitting the Trail

New riding season full of events
for Oldham County Saddle Club

Shows, trail rides and social
events are among activities

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

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 to participate.
The dates for this year’s 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 year’s 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 trails.”

• For more information please contact Sarah Garner at (502) 744-5190 or visit www.OldhamCountySaddleClub.com.

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