SUMMER BUCKLE SERIES SHOWS Performance - Sat, Aug 1 @ 9:00 a.m. Speed - Sun, Aug 2 @ 1:00 p.m. Practice barrel runs start at 12:30 p.m.
Pre-register by Friday, July 31 at noon to save the $5 registration fee.
Board Meeting News
As you know, the BFSC is an entirely volunteer-run organization. The only staff we pay are the professional judges at performance shows. As such, every year, contestants are required to volunteer a certain number of hours to be eligible for year-end awards. Every year, we require that 1/2 of those hours be performed by July 31st. This year has been highly unusual in that we've had to cancel a number of performance shows due to weather, making it difficult for some to get their hours in. A vote passed at the last board meeting toextend the Service Hours deadline to after the Speed Show on Sunday, August 2nd. If you are lacking in hours, you can volunteer at the Performance Show on Saturday, August 1 and/or the Speed Show on Sunday, August 2. Go to our website and sign up. The jobs are handed out on a first come, first served basis. So if you really want a specific job, your best bet is to sign up here: www.blackforestsaddleclub.com/servicehrssignup
Also, for every sponsor you bring to BFSC, you will receive 1 hour of service time. BFSC must have the check payable to Black Forest Saddle Club from the sponsor before crediting you with the hour. There are 3 levels of sponsors for our Summer Buckle Series: Class Sponsor=$200; Barrel Sponsor=$150; and Business Card Sponsor=$75. So go talk to your doctor, dentist, mechanic, carpet cleaner, local watering hole, feed store, church, grandma, grandpa (sure, even they can sponsor the club and just post a message of how fun their grandkid is having!), aunts and uncles, moms and dads. You can find all of those details at www.blackforestsaddleclub.com/sponsors.
Now for the fun stuff!
Saturday, August 15 - Black Forest Festival Parade. This is a great little parade to get your feet wet if you've never ridden your horse in a parade. The parade organizers do their best to separate the equine entries from the marching bands, motorcycles, and llamas. :) The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. on Shoup Rd, turns the corner heading north on Black Forest Rd, goes just a little past the Community Center and is done. A quick little parade, but lots of fun. Make your plans to join us.
Saturday, September 19 @ 10 a.m. - "It's All Fun & Games" Show. This summer has been trying....rain! Need I say more?! So we wanted to host a little party to crank up some fun with our horses. While we don't have all of the details ready to publish yet, the general idea is that we will have fun classes that every discipline (speed, performance, English, Western, you name it!) can participate in. Things like an egg race, Simon Says, a ribbon race with a partner...all sorts of fun and silly contests and door prizes for young and old alike. So get it on your calendar and stay tuned. :)
We're looking ahead to 2016. Several BFSC board members will be either moving or retiring, leaving vacancies that create opportunities for new folks to join us in overseeing the BFSC. Please consider if you would be willing to give up an evening each month to be on the board and share in the work (and actually it's a lot of fun too!) to reach the vision and goals that have been set for the club. The term runs for a calendar year and board members are voted in during the Annual Meeting held in January at the Awards Banquet.
Thanks again, everyone, for being a part of this wonderful organization. We are having a lot of fun and hope you are too!
Points earned in Weekly Practice Shows do count towards year-end awards. Mondays @ 6:00 pm ~ Speed Practice (Practice barrel runs will start at 5:30 pm) Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm ~ Performance Practice
NEW Service Hours Info
We've had some great questions come up about earning your volunteer hours and what constitutes "board approved" service. As you know, half of your required hours are due by August 1. And as you know, the BFSC is a completely volunteer-run organization. Nothing happens without our wonderful volunteers! We do not have a paid staff or paid board to make things go. The only folks who receive any type of stipend are our professional judges.
Here it is in a nutshell:
We've had a lot of people wanting to do random things off premises (distribute flyers, hold clinics on behalf of BFSC, visit training barns, etc) as volunteer hours. Meanwhile, there are so many things that are not being done at the club during shows, and a few of us are stuck trying to make it happen efficiently and struggle to enjoy the shows with our own kids and horses. As a result, the decision was made by the board to keep it pure and simple: all volunteer hours need to come from jobs performed at the club. Announcing shows, office work at shows, snack shack at shows, ring steward at shows, grounds set up and help at shows, gate worker at shows, etc. About the only thing that doesn't need to happen during a show but needs to be done is lawn work. And even that is done at the club. Until those jobs are completely filled and evenly distributed, we will not be counting other off premise activities towards the required volunteer hours. You are, however, welcome to do those things out of the goodness of your heart and your desire to see BFSC continue to flourish. We'd be grateful. :)
Thanks for your questions, for your understanding, and for all you do to make BFSC a great place to be!
4th of July Parade
***HARD COPY OF PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE REQUIRED IN SHOW OFFICE PRIOR TO START OF EACH SHOW ***
Every contestant under the age of 18 must have the signatureof his parent or legal guardian on a hard copy of the entry submission in the show office prior to the start of the show in order to participate in the show. For insurance reasons, no exceptions will be made to this rule.
If you pre-register, but cannot get to the show office before the show starts to sign the form, print out the appropriate Registration Form for your show, sign, and have your child bring the signed form and entry fees to the office prior to the start of the show.
NEW DRESS REQUIREMENTS FOR MONTHLY SPEED SHOWS As stated in our Standing Rules, we follow the AQHA rules on Open Gymkhanas. As such, the Monthly Speed Shows will now require contestants to wear appropriate western attire, which includes pants (slacks, trousers, jeans, etc.) long sleeves and collar (band, standup, tuxedo, etc.) western hat and cowboy boots. It is optional that an exhibitor may wear a helmet in all classes. The hat must be on the rider’s head when the exhibitor enters the arena.
Practice Shows on Monday nights do not require formal attire. Practice Shows do require long pants and a heeled boot.
*** HELMET ALERT *** In accordance with changes in the 2015 AQHA rules, we now require the use of ASTM-approved helmets by riders under 18 years of age in the following classes: 1) all mounted English events 2) all Walk/Trot classes
2015 Summer Buckle Series Overview
(For detailed information, see the "Standing Rules" tab.)
From May through October, the BFSC holds a Summer Buckle Series for equestrians and their horses of all breeds, ages, and skill levels to compete in a friendly environment. The Summer Buckle Series consists of a Monthly Performance Show and a Monthly Speed Show. There are also Practice Speed Shows every Monday evening and Practice Performance Shows every Wednesday evening. Points from Monthly Showsandthe Weekly Practice Shows are accumulated towards year-end awards.
The Performance Shows offer professionally judged classes in: Halter English Showmanship Western Trail Reining
The Speed Shows offer timed races in: Barrels 75 up and Back Poles Flags Keyhole Timed Trail
These classes and races are divided based upon the age of the rider: Walk-Trot 13 & Under 14-18 19 & Over Novice 13 & Under Novice 14-18 Novice 19 & Over 19 & Over Walk/Trot, in the Performance Show only Little Lopers 10 & Under, in the Speed Show only
You can find the show bills for the Monthly Performance Show and the Monthly Speed Show here on our website. Awards and ribbons are given at the monthly shows. Belt buckles are awarded at our Year-End Awards Banquet for the various overall high point and reserve champions for the season. In order qualify to win a buckle, you must complete your service hours and have competed in 4 of the 6 monthly shows.
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The Black Forest Saddle Club strives to provide a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere where families and friends can gather together for horse shows, gymkhanas, clinics, trail rides, and good old fashioned socializing!
The club is beautifully located in the Black Forest, just north of Colorado Springs, where you can enjoy the outdoors and a great view of Pikes Peak and the Front Range.
As a family-friendly venue, we prohibit all use of tobacco and alcohol on our grounds.
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