It all started when...
in the basement of the New Castle Post Office in 1959 with a group of 4H Horse & Pony parents who wanted to improve the safety and quality of the 4H Horse Shows. They had been showing in a rope arena behind the cattle barns. The group donated their own funds and built the outdoor arena and some tie stalls. Over the years, the saddle club began having breed shows to bring in revenue to improve and grow the facility without the use of county tax dollars. Their vision and the many leaders over the years since then, have made Henry County Saddle Club one of the best show facilities in the Midwest. From 2013-2017, Presidents Casey Gideon and Rebecca Baker have increased the revenue by 103% and have made $717,000 in improvements with little increase in operating expenses. We applaud our present board for their continued vision in providing a high quality facility with many shows and educational opportunities at no cost to Henry County Saddle Club and 4H Horse & Pony Youth.
In 2017, we welcomed 54,291 visitors to our facility and our economic impact due to our activities is $7,600,768. We donated to our park $13,448 in mowing, fuel and utilities and $11,080 to our 4H Horse & Pony. We held along with 4H, 52 days of educational clinics and work sessions at the facility. This is a 22% increase vs 2016 and 52% increase versus 2010.
We continue to improve our facility and work with our community and we look forward to 2018.
Henry County Saddle Club Officers
and Board of Directors
Rebecca Baker ~ President ~ 765-524-2400
Lisa Pryor ~ Vice President ~ 765-524-9002
Allison Morton ~ Secretary ~ 765-524-8825
Emily Jackson ~ Treasurer ~ 765-465-1934
Tim Crull~ Board of Directors ~ 2018-2020
Dr Jerrilee Cave ~ Board of Directors ~ 2018-2020
Jim Wicker ~ Board of Directors ~ 2015-2018
Christa Conway ~ Board of Directors ~ 2015-2018
Joy Miller ~ Board of Directors ~ 2016-2019
Jerilynn Canaday ~ Board of Directors ~ 2016-2019
Past President ~ Nancy Dietz