In 1974, an idea sparked to form an organization of and for horsemen in Scottsdale and the North Phoenix area. Sponsored by the City of Scottsdale, the group worked diligently to raise funds and gather materials to construct Scottsdale’s first “horse park and arena” on ground that had previously been set aside for a police shooting range. Upon completion of the arena, a grand opening ceremony was held and the facility was dedicated back to the City of Scottsdale to maintain. For seven years, we shared the park with snakes, spiders and other assorted desert dwellers. Progress and civilization eventually caught up with us (the north end of Scottsdale Airport’s newest runway passes through where our arena was), necessitating the 1981 dismantling of the facility.
In November of 1982, we excitedly participated in the city’s ground breaking ceremony of what has now become Horseman’s Park at WestWorld. The dedication was finally held in May of 1983. Unfortunately, the Bureau of Land Reclamation (landlord of this property) could not allow the club to use the facilities free of charge nor to pay a reduced rental fee. Thus, the club lost it’s home in Scottsdale. We presently use a great facility in Phoenix called Horse Lovers’ Park in for our gymkhanas and horse shows.
For many years SSC worked with the City of Scottsdale on a “Trail Patrol
Program.”We helped patrol and save
dedicated trails throughout Scottsdale and established new ones. Unfortunately,
in 2006 the City of Scottsdale relieved us of our trail patrol duties. We are members of the Reach 11 project in Phoenix and the Arizona State Horseman’s Association. Most of our members own their own horses but this is not a requirement for membership. All club activities are planned to include all family members. Living in the “Valley of the Sun” gives us vast and varied opportunities for enjoyment and with just a suggestion followed by a few phone calls, we can get a function organized and off we go.
DRILL TEAM HISTORY
The Scottsdale Saddle Club drill team was first organized in the 1980's and was then known as the "The Mustangs." This team was comprised of Scottsdale Saddle Club youth and horses of a variety of colors. The team colors were gold and navy and riders dressed in military uniforms. Led by Captain John Harvey, they carried a total of five flags and performed at places such as Rawhide, WestWorld and the Parada Del Sol. The team sadly disbanded over the years as teens went off to college and families moved away.
However, on August 5th, 2001, the Scottsdale Saddle Club drill team was reborn. With Janelle Pacesas as Captain, the team was formed with only a few saddle club members. The team quickly grew and three flags were recovered from the old team. The new team had their inaugural performance on October 13th, 2001 at the Stonegate Arena Grand Opening with a total of 9 riders. Riders included Janelle Pacesas, Fawn Warren, Kristen Philpott, Mimi Philpott, Heather Mansfield, Shauna Mansfield, Becky Coty, Tonia Coty and Pennie Coty. City of Scottsdale Mayor, Mary Manross, was on hand to dedicate the arena to the community. The drill team performed the National Anthem with four American flags followed by a drill performance. City of Scottsdale Council members were also on hand - and on horseback! - for the days events. The Stonegate Equestrian Park is located at 120th Street and Mountain View Road. The 24-acre park boasts miles of trails, two arenas - one with lights, a warm-up pen, water troughs, horse trailer parking, a hitching rail, horseshoe pit, shaded ramadas, a meeting room and a playground.
Today, the team is thriving with numerous members participating in practices and performances. Team colors are red and black with the uniforms consisting of black jeans, red shirts, black scarfs and hats. The horses have matching red tack including bridles, tie downs, breast collars, saddle pads and leg wraps. We now have six flags (four American Flags, one Arizona State Flag, and one Club Flag). Watch for this team in local parades and performing their drills and Grand Entry presentations for crowds around the valley and beyond!
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