ABOUT SADDLE SORE RIDERS,
As the story goes,
over a quarter of a century ago, a group of friends went out riding
every Sunday and
since they were from different areas in Norco, they decided to meet
at a central location,
which was the Saddle Sore Saloon on Sixth Street.
The Saloon was closed on Sunday's so they met in the parking lot
and took off from there...
several months of meeting and riding, the group discussed forming a
Art and Darlene, the then owners of the Saddle Sore Saloon, wanted
to become riders
and offered the use of the Saddle Sore Saloon as a place to have
The group agreed that they should call themselves the Saddle Sore
since that was where they met when riding.
club was officially formed in December 1985 with 20 charter
SSR held its first official Poker Ride shortly thereafter to raise
money to help out a fellow Norconian
who had some health issues and medical bills.
As of today, the only remaining charter members that are still in
the club are Jan, Phil, Gary, and Johann.
And as they say, "the rest is history", with the club now boasting
nearly 300 members!
Our General Membership meetings
are held on the 1st Sunday of each month, 10 am,
at the Norco American Legion, Post 138, located near the corner of
6th Street and Old Hamner Road.
Most of our rides
are in town, so if your horse lives in Norco, you don't need to
However, if you do need to trailer in, we will try to make
accommodations for your rig.
Food and beverages are offered at most rides for your
We also host several out-of-town rides, such as Memorial Day at
Pioneer Town, a week in July at Heartbar,
and a weekend trip to Imperial Beach. Most of our rides are well
and on occasion we hve had over 100 horses and riders.
But, don't let that scare you, our events are well organized and
Your safety and enjoyment is a priority. Besides trail riding, we
SSR in the Norco parades, sponsor several events for Norco's
host a Christmas Dinner/Dance and more. As you can tell, our
calendar is loaded with events
and increases each year, so that you can choose from a variety of
Joining is easy! Open the
Form, fill it out and enclose a check for the amount
Annual fees are - Single Membership, $15.00 and Family Membership,
$25.00. You can also attend a
General Meeting or a fun event and sign up. We take checks or
New members will receive in the mail a packet that
includes a membership card, calendar of events,
by-laws, a current club roster, and a copy of
the most current monthly "Nooseletter"
which will provide you with updates from the last General Meeting,
coming events, reports on past events, and interesting
If you are interested in
Norco's equestrian community and want to make new friends
and become more involved in riding, then you are ready to join
Norco's very best riding club!
Our motto isn't "Get the backyard horse out
of the backyard!" for nothin'.
RIDERS .... RIDERS .....
SADDLE SORE RIDERS PARTICIPATION INCENTIVE
the 50/50 Breakfast Ride, March 30, member riders and working
ground crew have the opportunity to walk away with $50 through a
special drawing. Non-members who are riding have the opportunity to
win an individual or family membership in Saddle Sore Riders!
You must begin the ride at the staging area (Ingalls) and receive a
member or non-member wristband AND you must be present at the final
staging area at the end of the ride in order to qualify for the
drawing. No wristbands will be given out after the ride has left
the staging area, NO exceptions.
BACKCOUNTRY HORSEMEN OF
March 22-24 George Ingalls
Equestrian Event Center
For a copy of the flyer and schedule of events visit
NORCO HORSEMEN'S ASSOCIATION SAFETY CLINIC
Sunday, April 7, Stacey Turner Stable & Riding School
For more information visit www.nha-norco.org or call
NORCO MOJAVE TRAIL RIDE
April 13 - 19
Want to learn more? email email@example.com or call
EXTREME MUSTANG MAKE-OVER
Contact Harvey Sullivan for details 951-258-8471 or
OVERLAND WOMEN'S RIDE
Contact Mickey Nichols for details
PLEASE NOTE -
WHEN RIDING AT NIGHT, MAKE SURE YOU CAN BE
On November 13, Cathey Burtt and her
horse were hit by a car while they rode down 5th Street at about
5:30 pm. Cathey spent 23 days in the hospital with injuries that
included a broken femur, right foot, shattered clavicle, five
broken ribs, and a concussion.
As we all know, our Police Department staffing has been reduced
this past year and we have a lot more people speeding through town.
There are many people that cut through our neighborhoods trying to
get to Riverside or wherever. They are not horse people and so they
do not slow for horses and riders. The point is: that we as riders
must ride more defensively. We need to understand that even though
horses have the right-of-way, many drivers don't know that, or
We as riders need to be more visible when riding at night. The use
of reflective tack and vests is essential. Inexpensive battery
operated lights can be purchased at Ace Hardware, or many of our
feed and tack stores. I want everyone to have a SAFE