The Tucson Saddle Club is a non-profit organization of over 200 horsemen dedicated to equine legislation, good horsemanship, acquisition and preservation of trails, and to sponsor such activities that will enhance the use of horses. We have been in existence since the early 1970’s and have ridden all over the state of Arizona, but mostly within 100 miles of Tucson. We meet once a month with the exception of June, July, August, and December, and try to provide an interesting speaker at each meeting. We also produce a monthly newsletter and sponsor several rides each month of varying degrees of difficulty. We put on the annual Tierra Bella, an organized 5-day catered trail ride in October; club membership required, but joining is only $20 for a single member, or $30 for a family membership. Our rides are very diverse in location, terrain, and can range from easy for the beginner to challenging for the more experienced. We have ridden on the desert floor of the Avra Valley, in the pines of the Santa Rita and Catalina mountains, and the many and varied terrains in between. Many of our members are constantly trying to improve their horsemanship by participating in clinics, taking lessons, and just observing and sharing knowledge. Some of our members volunteer as stewards of portions of the Arizona Trail, as civilian patrol of trails in Saguaro Nation Park, and many members have participated in work parties to improve the trails. In short, we are all about the care and riding of our equine partners!
Don has been a member of the TSC for many years. He has served on Tierra Bella with his wife Colleen eight times, always leading
one of the prettiest rides. Don is one of the most helpful people on the committee and he was recognized at this year's Tierra Bella for being one of the key members of that committee. Don has
also served on the Board of Directors for 4 years including Vice President. He is also an excellent rider and lends his wisdom, experience, and general good nature to any group.
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Tucson Saddle Club now has it's own Facebook group page!
You must be a club member to join the group and post on it.
The public can see the page and fun stuff we're doing, but can not post without joining the club first and then requesting to join the group which requires the approval of our Facebook administrators. Club administrators can also block and/or delete inappropriate posts or members.
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Remember all --as TSC club members we receive a 15% discount on already discounted items at Riding Warehouse. They have a huge and diverse inventory for all types of riding - for horses, riders, and their trailers!
You simply go to their website (www.ridingwarehouse.com)
to order what you need or want and
enter the club discount code at checkout.
You may contact a Board member for the code via email as listed in this web site.
Dan has organized and administered the Desensitizing Clinics for the past 5 years, which included seven clinics total, 150 riders, and raised over $5,600 dollars for TSC. He was on the TSC Board of Directors for 5 years; including as Secretary, 2 years as President, and 1 year as Past President. He has been the Webmaster for TSC for 6 years, enhanced the site and reduced it's cost. He served on two Tierra Bella committees, one as Chairman. He has also worked with Pima County in its efforts to develope Empirita Ranch into an equine trail destination exploring and leading rides there, and making suggestions to the County.
Did You Know.
There are approximately 177,000 horses owned by citizens in Arizona.(1)
That they provide a greater economic impact than Arizona’s two largest state exports, of cotton $108 million; processors, controllers, and electronic integrated circuits $898 million(1);
and just slightly less than Arizona’s leading export, civilian aircraft engines and parts, $1.9 billion.(1)
Arizona’s $1.6 billion annual economic impact horse industry expenditures(2) are larger than the combined revenue of the Super Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Phoenix International Raceway, and the Phoenix Open.
80% of horse owners in Arizona are trail riders.(2)
Nationally, the equine industry reports of the total $102 billion annually generated, the recreational segment is $32 billion annually(3).
(1) U.S. Census Bureau 2010 foreign trade statistics.
(2) University of Arizona & Arizona State Horseman’s Association “Arizona’s Billion Dollar Horse Industry” 2001 adjusted figures 2010.
(3) Deloitte & American Horse Council Foundation “The Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States” 2005.
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Tucson Saddle Club Horse Persons of the Year 2019
Yes, Horse Persons this year! Club President Carolyn Pferdeort announced at the annual club Holiday Party that for the first time in club history there was a tie vote by the members this year. Congratulations to both Don Finlayson and Dan Simmons who were elected by the members in the tie vote. Both were awarded denim vests with embroided club logos.
Tucson Saddle Club meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the Month.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Board Meeting starts @ 6.00 pm; General Members Meeting @ 7.00 pm.
Location: Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club, 4001 North Country Club Road, Tucson, Arizona
(Dinner available for purchase in the club restaurant.)
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The speaker for January 14, 2020 will be:
Vaquero Feeds - Bits and Supplements
A representative from Vaquero Feeds will be speaking on bits and supplements.