About Us, History highlights, & Board of Directors

The Eastgate Saddle Club was formed in 1968 by a small group of friends who wished to establish a "family fun club."

The new club chose as their motto, "HORSEMANSHIP, SPORTSMANSHIP, CITIZENSHIP." They set about to organize gymkhanas, trail rides, horse shows, clinic, and various other social events in order to practice, learn new skills, and get together with others in friendly competition. Hence, they hoped to develop "good" riders, sports, and citizens. Looking at many of the young adults who have grown up with the club over the years, it can be seen that those goals were not far-fetched at all.

The Eastgate Saddle Club and its constitution were registered with the Alberta Companies Branch as a non-profit organization in 1978, and it continues to operate under the same constitution. 

We still believe in the "family fun club," and we do our best to keep our membership fees low so every person wishing to ride, regardless of their skill level, can participate in a fun, safe, and supportive atmosphere. 

We charge a minimal fee for each event day, and our membership prices can be found on our Membership & Waiver form on Important Info page.

The Eastgate Saddle Club maintains liability coverage through an Insurance Brokerage. Information available upon request. The club facilities include a trail (announcer booth), gymkhana equipment, electronic timers, a P.A. system, parade uniforms, stationary kitchen, horse show equipment, and an outdoor arena. 

PHOTO: Sept. 23, 2012 gymkhana at Eastgate Saddle Club grounds.

  • Many memorable trail rides to locations as far south as Longview, with members all sleeping in a huge army surplus tent.
  • First place for our group in the Calgary Stampede Parade and Forest Lawn Lions' July 1st Parade for four (4) consecutive years.
  • Our Parade group rode at the half-time show at the Grey Cup Game in Calgary in 1975.
  • ESC received a government grant (over $2000) for improvements to the grounds in 1977.
  • Two members, Carol Ovans and Sherry Mitchell (1992), became Calgary Stampede Princesses.
  • One ESC member, Dallas Shapka, entered the Miss Rodeo America contest in the United States.
  • ESC received a grant of $20,000 from Bow North Recretation in 1991 for improvements to the grounds (cash-in-lieu-grant).
  • ESC received a grant of $760 from Bow North Recreation in 2006 for youth Clinics.
  • Participants in the Langdon, Strathmore, Chestermere, and High River Parades. 

PHOTO: June 1, 2014 at the ESC Poker Ride. 

2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

Senga S.


Secretary / Membership Admin.

Tracey C.


Gymkhana Directors

 Ross G.

 Linda H.


Horse Show Director

Tracey C.

    


Trail Challenge Director(s)

Ross G.

Penny G.


Trophy Committee 

Tanya F.

     

Recording Secretary 

Senga S.     


Entertainment Committee

To be determined at March 2017 meeting

Vice President / Marketing Director

Bob Klassen


Treasurer

Tracey C.


Announcer

Carol C.



Trail Director(s)

Bob K.  

Ross G.


Digital Media Directors

 Tracey C.

 Darlene D. 


Facebook Committee

Darlene Delorme


Concession

To be determined at March 2017 meeting


Grounds Work Up Director

Brian C.

Laurie S.