Tucson Saddle Club
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!
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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.
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.
Come Ride With Us!
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Bill Braskamp has been a long time member of the saddle club and an outstanding horseman and contributor to the club. He has been a member of the club's Board of Directors for the past two years and is continuing for 2018. He is also active as a ride leader and has been on the Tierra Bella Ride Committee. He is happiest when on or around horses, and loves to breed his paints and quarter horses and bring up the foals. He always has a big smile to share and loves to talk about horses and riding in or out of the saddle. He often helps others work with their horses to solve problems and improve their horses and skills. He is your all around good ol boy and a great friend and member of the Tucson Saddle Club. Good on you Bill and congratulations!!
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:
Tucson Saddle Club meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the Month.
The next meeting will be on
May 8, 2018
Board Meeting starts @ 6.00 pm
General Members Meeting @ 7.00 pm
Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club
4001 North Country Club Road
Click button for map to racquet club:
Dinner available for purchase in the club restaurant.
The speaker for May 8, 2018 will be:
Our May speaker (and TSC member) is Colleen Leon from Southern Arizona Search and Rescue (SAMSAR). SAMSAR is a non-profit volunteer group consisting of horse/mule and rider teams that have been trained and certified to help many different official agencies in Pima County. Colleen will be explaining the certification process and the different groups they work with as well as sharing some stories of recent rescues. They are a unique bunch of first responders. I look forward to learning more about how they work and hopefully not needing them but appreciating what they do. Hope to see you there!
2017 Horseperson of the Year