Bringing Horse and Rider Together... for fun and family

main imageWelcome 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.

About Us:

photo3In 1951 exciting saddle club events – drills, squares and games – were added to the Minnesota State Fair. By 1955, many riders wanted uniform rules for Open Shows in the Upper Midwest. They wanted rules made by them and for them. They wanted an organization based on family activities which would be affordable. They sought friendly competition and enjoyment with their horses – regardless of the breed. The Western Saddle Clubs Association, Inc. was created to fulfill their dreams. There were twenty-seven clubs which began the dream. Nine of those belong to WSCA today: Crow River, Eau Claire Bit & Spur, LeSeuer, Mankato, Northwest, St. Croix Shamrock Hest, Trail Riders, and Wright.

Trail Riders was originally incorporated as TRAIL RIDERS SADDLE CLUB on 12 June 1956.

Club Functions:

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 three 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.

Special Note:


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