Everything sublime is as difficult as it is rare. Baruch Spinoza

Sunday, March 29, 2009

So, I have all of these horses. I stopped participating in the horse industry several years ago, meaning spending untold amounts of money and time and frustration showing on the Arabian circuit.

I got the annual advertising guide for the area I live in and saw the Tri-County Saddle Club. I have never been a member of a saddle club. I don't count MAHA (Minnesota Arabian Horse Association). I decided to call and get information. It seems this is a relatively large group of people. They have a couple of organized trail rides per year, two open shows and a fun show. Their arena is all of about 5 minutes from my house and they ride in Carver Park, another 5 minute drive for me.

I believe I will join the club.  This is the saddle most commonly associated with saddle clubs. At least I think so. I do own two of these.

This is the saddle I'm most accustomed to using. I own several of these, including this one.
I have never been active in anything within my community. I know very few people out here, as I have always been involved with my own little world. Kristina put it well when I told her about the club. She said we are on our own island here. She's right, we are. The place is self-contained. 

I'm going to join both of us and we can give the local saddle club a try. I don't care about competition anymore, but I do like to keep active with my horses. So, the Arabians, Saddlebreds and Lipizzans are coming to the club. Tally-ho, or I should say......Yee-Haw!

11 comments:

  1. I think it is great - especially if you bring your own life raft (a friend/family member) with you. You go in knowing someone, making it easier to meet others.

    It should be a good diversion for you and a way to further enjoy your sport/hobby/job.

    I love people though....

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  2. By all means give it a go. You should liven up their world.

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  3. I don't think of myself as a 'joiner' but I have found so many interesting activities and met so many interesting people by signing up for some community oriented groups. I am sure that it will be a nice change of pace for you : ) : )

    Ash

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  4. I'm not sure what to say. [I know nothing about riding] Does *very impressive* cover it?

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  5. This is a nice club - we were thinking about joining when we had Jesse doing leadline and walk trot with Sally - but then we did the Pinto thing the next year and got disgruntled because of the cost involved to just show in leadline - it was unbelievable!

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  6. Jules, you know small towns! I'm going to join and I hope they liven up my world. The Lipizzans always make people smile though. : ) I have never been a joiner either, but sometimes it's worth a try. Ganeida, I'm not sure I know anything about riding anymore myself. So I have Kristina, who surely does!

    Beth, I was going to ask you about the club, i was pretty sure you knew of it. The president was very nice. So you should join now and we can make an adventure of it.

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  7. oh my goodness. good luck with this. i remember our saddle club in our little town in your neighboring state. but perhaps minnesotans are a bit more civilized and a lot less rodeo yeehaw.

    i hope it's not like my recent experience with the artists' association in my little community.

    but i can tell you, they're definitely not going to know what to make of the arabs and saddlebreds and definitely not the lippizans.

    do keep reporting on it, please, i can't wait to see what happens.:-)

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  8. It may be a bit of an uphill battle with the breeds you have - as well as myself with a gaited horse. I don't think the judges know what to do with them, but if you just join as an adventure and for fun it should be ok....

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  9. julochka, I know what you mean, but it doesn't matter. I did read about your unfortunate experience with the artists community, what was that about? Very strange to read, so I'm sure it was stranger to live!

    Beth, I don't care about the shows. I know there are people who REALLY do. I don't. So, some trail riding and maybe some showing to get a horse or two exposure to a ring with other horses for little $. And use of their arena. I can use the arena as a member and it would be beneficial to some of these beasts to leave home once in a while. You can only be bothered if you care to be bothered and I don't. And the Prez was a very friendly person. I think you should join us with your gaited mare and have some fun. You and I can use some fun. : )

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  10. Four words. "I have a trailer!"

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I really appreciate the concept and sentiment behind awards, but I cannot participate in them anymore. I have too may and I have not got the time to devote to participating properly. To all who have honored me, I am grateful but I don't have seven more things to tell anyone about myself! And I'm a terrible passer-oner.