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
are interested in Norco's equestrian community and want to make new
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'.