Bringing Horse and Rider Together... for fun and family
Welcome to Trail Riders Saddle Club, Inc. You will find all the information you need to learn about our saddle club and important information for existing members.
- Trail Riders has been in existence for over fifty years! We are one of the original saddle clubs that took part in the formation of the Western Saddle Club Association in 1955.
- Our mission is to simultaneously enjoy our horse hobby while developing and enriching friendships in a fun, competitive, family-oriented environment.
- Trail Riders is a saddle club based in the eastern part of the twin cities metro area. Our club currently has approximately 80 families, and our members come from all over the metro area, as well as Wisconsin.
- Trail Riders meets monthly from March through December, and we end the show season with a banquet that includes our royalty selections and year-end awards.
Our club hosts monthly fun shows at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo on the Friday following the general membership meeting. Our fun shows are only open to club members. The fun shows include four game events: The events are broken down in the following age brackets; Pee Wee (10 and under), Junior (11 – 13), Intermediate (14 – 17), Senior (18-34), and Senior Plus (35+). No awards are given out at the fun shows, but rather points are accumulated and year-end awards are given at the banquet for the top five in each age division. We understand the importance of encouraging our youngest riders, so trophies are given to ALL pee wee riders at our awards ceremony.
- Jill Houck Benefit Barrel Race
- Open Game Shows: 4th of July Show to be held on Friday,
August Show to be held on 8/16/2014.
- Our Club participates in one parade each year.
- Trail Riders has four royalty positions: Queen, Princess, Jr. Princess and Lil’ Miss
- We organize a fall trail ride each year.
The Horse's Prayer
"To thee, my master, I offer my prayer. Feed me, water and care for
me, and, when the day's work is done, provide me with shelter, a clean,
dry bed and stall wide enough for me to lie down in comfort.
Always be kind to me. Talk to me. Your voice often means as much to me as the reins. Pet me sometimes, that I may serve you the more gladly and learn to love you. Never strike, beat or kick me when I do not understand what you want, but give me a chance to understand you. Watch me, and if I fail to do your bidding, see if something is not wrong with my gear or my feet.
Do not check me so that I cannot have the free use of my head. If you insist that I wear blinders, so that I cannot see behind me as it was intended I should, I pray you be careful that the blinders stand well out from my eyes.
Do not overload me, or hitch me where water will drip on me. Keep me well shod. Examine my teeth when I do not eat; I may have an ulcerated tooth and that, you know, is very painful. Do not tie my head in an unnatural position, or take away my best defense against flies and mosquitoes by cutting off my tail. I cannot tell you when I am thirsty, so give me clean, cool water often. Save me, by all means in your power, from that fatal disease - the glanders. I cannot tell you in words when I am sick, so watch me, that by signs you may know my condition. Give me all possible shelter from the hot sun, and put a blanket on me, not when I am working but when I am standing in the cold. Never put a frosty bit in my mouth; first warm it by holding it a moment in your hands.
I try to carry you and your burdens without a murmur, and wait patiently for you long hours of the day or night. Without the power to choose my shoes or path, I sometimes fall on the hard pavements which I have often prayed might not be of cement but of such a nature as to give me a safe and secure footing. Remember that I must be ready at any moment to lose my life in your service.
And finally, o my master, when my useful strength is gone, do not turn me out to starve or freeze, or sell me to some cruel owner to be slowly tortured and starved to death; but do thou, my master, take my life in the kindest way, and your God will reward you here and hereafter. You will not consider me irreverent if I ask this in the name of Him who was born in a stable, Amen"
- Author Unknown