• ​2018 Mounted Police Desensitizing Clinic planned for January 26-28.  It will be held only once this time around with an 18 rider limit, so if interested in attending, mark the date and watch for further details soon.  More info under the "Coming Events" tab on the Nav bar above.


​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.

​Check it out at the following link:


Bonnie Slaten has been a long time member of the club and is an outstanding horsewoman. She contributes to the club and to the Southern Arizona equine community in many ways. She is a volunteer trail patrol person for Sagauro National Park East  riding there very frequently keeping an eye on things and assisting trail users.  She is also a trail steward for the Arizona Trail on a section in the Rosemont area.  Her crowning achievement for 2016 though was her completing her personal mission of riding the entire 800+ miles of the Arizona Trail from Mexico to the Utah border; one of only a very few people to do so, and only the second woman to do so!  Congratulations to Bonnie for being elected Horse Person of the Year for 2016 by her fellow members!

Did You Know? 

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 and August, 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.  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.  We are also stewards of a portion of the Arizona Trail 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!

  • 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.

What's New?

Bonnie Slaten
2016 Horseperson of the Year

Contact TSC at:
Carolyn Pferdeort- TSC President
Nancy Florez-  Member Liaison

Tucson Saddle Club meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the Month.

The next meeting will be on
November 14,, 2017

Board Meeting starts @ 6.00 pm
General Members Meeting @ 7.00 pm

Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club
4001 North Country Club Road

Tucson, Arizona
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Dinner available for purchase in the club restaurant.

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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.
The club discount code was in the March 2014 newsletter and we will get it back in the newsletter with the next edition in September, 2015.  You may contact a Board member in the meantime for the code via email as listed in this web site.

The speaker for November 14, 2017 will be:

H. Alan Day

Owner Lazy B Ranch; author "The Horse Lover" New York Times Best Seller!  He already owned and managed two ranches and needed a third about as much as he needed a permanent migraine: that’s what Alan Day said every time his friend pestered him about an old ranch in South Dakota. But in short order, he proudly owned 35,000 pristine grassy acres. The opportunity then dropped into his lap to establish a sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses previously warehoused by the Bureau of Land Management. After Day successfully lobbied Congress, those acres became Mustang Meadows Ranch, the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary established in the United States.The Horse Lover is Day’s personal history of the sanctuary’s vast enterprise, with its surprises and pleasures and its plentiful dangers, frustrations, and heartbreak. Day’s deep connection with the animals in his care is clear from the outset, as is his maverick philosophy of horse-whispering, with which he trained 1,500 wild horses. The Horse Lover weaves together Day’s recollections of his cowboying adventures astride some of his best horses, all of which taught him indispensable lessons about loyalty, perseverance, and hope. This heartfelt memoir reveals the Herculean task of balancing the requirements of the government with the needs of wild horses.

 "Cowboy Up!  Life Lessons from Lazy B" with Lynn Wiese Sneyd. Short stories of growing and learning on a ranch are grouped with leading western sayings such as: "Life is simpler when you mow around the stump"; "Never miss a good chance to shut up"; If plan A doesn't work, stay calm; the alphabet has 25 more letters."

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