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 financed their homes to begin the project building 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 2013-2018, Presidents Casey Gideon and Rebecca Baker have increased the revenue by 103% and have made $770,999, of which $432,413 were made possible by Food and Beverage Tax Grants and through the Henry County Community Foundation, 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 2018, we welcomed 49,841 visitors to our facility and our economic impact due to our activities is $6,977,864. We donated to our park $13,345 in mowing, fuel and utilities and $12,625 to our 4H Horse & Pony. We held along with 4H, 57 days of educational clinics and work sessions at the facility.
We continue to improve our facility and work with our community and we look forward to 2019.
Henry County Saddle Club Officers and Board of Directors
Rebecca Baker ~ President ~ 765-524-2400
Lisa Pryor ~ Vice President ~ 765-524-9002
Jake Wicker~ Secretary
Sarah Harris~ Treasurer
Tim Crull~ Board of Directors ~ 2018-2020
Dr Jerrilee Cave ~ Board of Directors ~ 2018-2020
Jim Wicker ~ Board of Directors ~ 2019-2021
Cheyenne Gregorio~ Board of Directors ~ 2019-2021
Joy Miller ~ Board of Directors ~ 2016-2019
Jerilynn Canaday ~ Board of Directors ~ 2016-2019
Past President ~ Nancy Dietz