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Message from the President
Hey Saddle Club Members,

Let's get geared up for our up coming 2017 Events!

We would love to see a big crowd at our next members meeting on 
March 6th at 6pm!

Agenda items will include:
Finance Report
Queen's Ball Ticket Sales
Open House/Vet Clinic Update
JD's Memorial Auction
Ranch Rodeo Update
Jackpot Barrel Race Update
Country Strong Teens Program
Fundraising Ideas

Volunteer Master Sign up Log

Speakers will include:
Monarch Ski Resort Presentation
to our Royalty
Equine First Aid Class Briefing

As members of the Saddle Club your ideas and experience matters!

Your President,

Reflections of an Irish Cowboy
It's a road leading nowhere for as far as you can see,
   winding its way through an early morning haze
It's a meadow looking greener in the spring and summer rains,
   the cattle and some sheep that share the graze
It's the clouds that hand so low you feel you can touch them,
   the smell of early morning on the breeze
It's the wind that never stops, it blows for days on end,
   wild and raw, but sometimes gentle as the rocking of the sea
The sun peeks through those broken clouds to dry the earth again,
   and burns away the mist it's clear and free
It's a sentimental journey I take often in my mind
   to a place that's ever home sweet home to me.
It's the faces of the children in the schoolyard as they play,
   I close my eyes and see it like it was yesterday
I see that little stream still flowing, never changing, cool and clear,
   I'm caught up in old memories of a place I still hold dear.
The smoke-blackened chimneys that have warmed hearth and home
   of the ageless little cottages built of gray native stone
And I can't forget the music, I hear 'pipes and fiddles play,
   "Londonderry Air" still haunts me as I go along my way.
I remember the taste of the whiskey that set my mind awhirl,
   'tis said it was invented so the Irish couldn't rule the world.
But with a heart as heavy as the famine on the land
   I left behind that little island to ne'er return again.
And knowing I was leaving everything I loved behind,
   I faced a storm-tossed ocean not knowing what I'd find.
Watched the green fields fade behind me and I boldly looked away
   to face the first part of the journey that brought me where I am today.
This new life on the prairie, this place they call "the West,"
   God knows, it's strange and different, but I think it's for the best.
The days pass by so swiftly, it's the nights that move so slow,
   I think back to bonnie Ireland and wish I hadn't had to go.
But I had to make some choices so I told them all goodbye
   I think of that sad parting and a tear dimes in my eye.
It's those memories I carry through the years that turn me old
  even out here on this prairie, it's always Ireland in my soul.

By Doc Stovall 2001

Membership Meeting

March 6th, 6pm
at the Saddle Club Building

St. Patrick's Day Pot Luck Dinner


Meet new people and see your old buddies.
PRIZE will be given for the best St. Patty's Day outfit.
Our membership meeting's theme this month is
Traditional Irish Dishes!

For cooking ideas visit:

We will be having other themed potlucks for future meetings, so keep an eye out in the newsletter to see what the upcoming themes will be!

Membership Meeting Schedule:
April - No Meeting
May 1st 6pm - Member Meeting
June 5th 6pm - Member Meeting
July 10th 6pm - Rodeo & Member Meeting
**Additional Meeting Schedules to be posted


Tickets will also be available for purchase at
our Membership Meeting on March 6th!

Please support our Stampede Royalty Young Ladies
Thank you

Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club
90 CR 241, Westcliffe, CO

Friday, March 24th -  6:30pm - 8:00pm

*Cash Bingo / Cards $.25 ea

Including "Growing Jackpots"

*3 Progressive Jackpots! / Cards $.50 ea
*Cowboy Bingo Special Games / Wear your bandana and get an extra card!
Root Beer Floats & Ice Cream: $2.00
Soda: $1.00
Candy Bars: $1.00
Coffee: FREE!
For more information, please call Annie Kerns 719-783-2886

4-H Working Ranch Horse Program
by Lisa Behrman

The working ranch horse program is to teach kids and adults the different types of ropes, how to properly take care of a horse and how to work cattle along with roping. This program has levels to complete before moving forward which we will do as a team, no one will be behind.  

Any questions, please call Lisa Behrman, 4h Leader at 719-371-0352.

2017 Schedule of Events

Please keep in mind that more events will be added and some event schedules may vary. 
Keep an eye out for updates!



As we are all aware, it can be a challenge to get thru the winter months financially for our Saddle Club.  Please consider sending in your 2017 Membership soon!
2016 was a fantastic year as we increased our volunteer base.  
It is our members and our volunteers who keep this organization moving forward!
Thank you to all who have donated your time & talents.
We hope to continue our success and increase memberships and volunteerism in 2017!

Thank you for your interest in upholding our promise to the community, our youth, and our members in the struggle to maintain common interests and goals!

2017 Westcliffe Stampede Queen
Miss Katlyn Freeburg

2017 Westcliffe Stampede Queen's Attendant
Miss Megan Frahm

2017 Westcliffe Miss Stampede
Miss Brooke Flynn

2017 Westcliffe Stampede Princess
Miss Skyler Rose Smith

Brittanee Bohannan
2016 Westcliffe Stampede Queen
2017 Royalty Director

2017 Royalty Sponsorships


If you would like to place a tax deductible donation, please contact:

Brittanee Bohannan
2016 Westcliffe Stampede Queen
2017 Royalty Director

Sponsored by the Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club
Location: Music Meadows CTR (Type A Two Day, B1 Saturday only)
Address: 6076 CR 119, Westcliffe, CO 719-783-2222  
Date:    August 19-20, 2017   Rider Limit: 60

The Wet Mountain Valley is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The ride will be on the valley floor with the Sangre Cristo Mountains and its many 14ers as a back drop. Trails will travel through rolling hills, pastures and light forest. Water will be from the historic Grape Creek that runs through the Music Meadows Ranch.

Directions to Camp: From the North or West: Go south of Westcliffe on HWY 69, 4 miles to Colfax and turn right. Go 6 miles and turn left at the T and follow signs to Music Meadows Ranch. From the South you will turn left on Colfax. We will have lots of signs and ribbons for you to follow.
Camp: Is a private dude ranch, there will be a $10 per horse charge. Horse water will be provided. Please bring people water. Days can be warm and nights cool, so bring a blanket for your horse. Shoes are recommended. 
Emergency Phone: Custer Sheriff 719-783-2270 Limited cells work at camp. Numbers will be shared at briefing.

Schedule: Ride check in starts at 1 PM, Pre-ride vet check-in begins at 2 PM Friday, Aug. 19, until dark. Please let management know if you will need an early Saturday check in. Ride briefings for all riders will be held each evening. 
Meals: NATRC chef Chuck Smith will be cooking Friday dinner, Saturday and Sunday lunch. Saturday dinner will be catered by our host Elin of Sangre's Best Beef. Friday night happy hour is 1 hour before dinner. Please bring something to share and what you want to drink, for a fun meet and greet. Volunteers will be fed all meal all weekend. There is a $30 meal charge for non-rider, non-volunteer.

Awards:  1st thru 6th place will have awards as well as Sweepstakes and High point combo. Novice will have ribbons too.
Rules: Ride will be conducted under current NATRC rules. Distance Only (DO) offered for those who wish to compete in mileage only. Health Certificates and Coggins are required for out-of-state horses. Panels will be allowed, they must be attached to the trailer and no larger than 12x12

Judges: Vet - Carrie Porter DVM (region 5)                 Horsemanship: Sarah Rinne (region 6)

Entry and Fees: Price includes all NATRC fees and Friday and Saturday camping fees: $145 Adult Member, $156 Adult Non-Member, $90 junior member. $101 Junior Non-Member (Region 3 has junior discounts, please check website) 1 day B ride (Saturday only) $120 Adult Members, $131 Adult Non-Member, $ 75 Junior Members, $86 Junior Non-Members. If you want to come in early or stay late it is $10 per trailer per night. If you have any questions please call Lin at 719-371-6008.
Remember NATRC is offering free membership to all first time members in 2017!
Checks payable to:   Lin Ward, 200 County Rd. 326, Westcliffe, CO. 81252
Deposit: $50 due with entry and if not paid by June 1 you will lose your entry place and be put on a Wait List. The balance is due at Ride Check-in. Refunds until July 28, 2017, less $15 administration fee. No Show, No Refund! 

Management: Jim and Lin Ward, Secretary: Lin Ward, 
     719-783-9645 Cell 719-371-6008

Cyn Williams has stepped up to coordinate our Saddle Club Day Rides.
Email for more info
Thank you to Cyn!!

Watch your emails for the next scheduled ride!

I am sure that weather is going to be warming up before you know it!

Get Fit, Ride Better
Riding can improve your fitness, and fitness can improve your riding. Follow these guidelines to improve your balance and effectiveness as a rider. | Photo by Darrell Dodds

The best way to get in great shape and become a good rider is to ride. Having strong muscles is half of it, but training your brain and eyes and having balance and body control while on a moving object is also important. If you don't get this experience regularly, you will not be in the best possible shape for riding. The following are several exercises you can use on a daily basis to help stretch, strengthen, and tone the muscle groups you use during riding.

Do stair exercises.
 Walk up to the stairs in your home-if you don't have any, a stair stepper will do or a stepladder if you have one. Stand on the stair closest to the ground. When you stand, hold onto the railing at first. Now, holding the railing, balance on only the balls of your feet. Slowly stretch down and lower your heels until you feel the stretch in your calves. Sound familiar? This is recreating the stirrup! Hold for ten seconds. 
  • This will not only improve your position, but your balance as well!
  • Now, try letting go of the railing- this will take some practice. Try until you can balance for two seconds, then try five, then increase little by little as you improve.

Try the wall strengthening exercise.
This is a variation of the stair exercise. Walk up to any wall in your house and put your foot up against it about 1/2 to 3/4 of the position it would be in your stirrups. Hold for three seconds then release back against the wall.
  • Repeat five times; as you get better you can increase amount of time with your foot up and how many you do in all.

Try beach ball hip adductor exercises.
Use any rubber or plastic ball as long as it is at least a foot in diameter. Find a hard chair that allows your knees to sit at right angles to the floor and then scoot to the edge of the chair so that your thighs are completely off of it. Squeeze the beach ball between your knees, hold for fifteen seconds, and then release. Do this a few times a day until 15 becomes easy, then increase to 20, then 30, and so on.
  • This is a great way to increase your ability to hang on to your horse with your thighs. It increases the inner thigh muscles. You can also go to the gym and use what is called the "hip adductor" machine. Many equestrians who have had to take time off have noted that when they regularly use the hip adductor machine before getting back on a horse, they are more likely to feel fit and avoid the pain in the inner thighs when one gets back on a horse after a long time off.

Instructional Riding Group

We will resume the riding group in the spring!

Presented by
Kim Seng, Professional Trainer and Instructor
Kim Seng, is founder of  "Nature of the Horse" TM
Kim is a Certified: Centered Riding Instructor, Natural Methods Trainer,
Equine Behaviorist and Communicator, Path Intl Riding Instructor,
and  Horse and Human Development Expert
For more information and sign-up contact:
Visit my website at:

horse eye weekly tip

A horse's eye is a window to his soul-or at least a good indication of how he's likely to behave under saddle on any given day.

The soft, relaxed eye pictured indicates a horse that's calm and ready to obey his rider's cues. If, as you prepare to resume a more regular riding schedule this spring, your horse's eye looks a good deal less acquiescent than this, consider a little extra groundwork to help him relax and dial in to you. The time you spend on groundwork invariably translates into a calmer, more focused mount under saddle.

Latest News from the
Colorado Horse Council

Volunteer Time Sheets


To help you keep track of the time that you volunteer with the Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club, we have created a time sheet.


Please note that a Board of Directors member will need to approve your time with a signature. Below you will find a sample of the time sheet. 


Click Here 




Dear Saddle Club Members,


This year the Saddle Club would like to reach out to our members for your feedback.  The Saddle Club Board of Directors will address specific concerns that you may have as a member.


Below you will find a survey for you to complete and return either via email to, or if you wish to remain anonymous, please return at the next membership meeting.


As we move forward together as a club, an important goal for success is increased involvement from our membership.  Current studies show an average of 40 members out of over 100 attending monthly meetings.  The average number of volunteers is 10%.


We value our members and realize that your talents and ideas are vital to the growth of the Saddle Club.


Click Here 


Thank you for taking the time to respond.  Your input is very much appreciated!

Cowboy Dressage of Colorado
We need set help with set up and show
operations on Wednesday and Thursday, March
8th and 9th. If you would like to come have some
fun, learn about the court set up, and how a
show runs, please send your contact info to
Amy Ryals @
Volunteer times begin at 7am Wednesday.
Many open spots available so let us know when
to expect you! Spots available to work at our
booth during Expo, March 10th -12th.
We are always grateful for the wonderful folks
that show up to help.
You are what keeps us going!
No experience required. Come learn!

Special Pricing for Saddle Club Members!


6076 CR 119, Westcliffe, CO  81252


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WestcliffeCO  81252
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