North Topeka Saddle Club

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HISTORY OF THE NORTH TOPEKA SADDLE CLUB

In the fall of 1949, a small group of people talked of organizing a riding club.  They decided to send cards and telephone people to attend a meeting on November 20, 1949 to be held at the Golden Rule School, about six miles northwest of Topeka.


There were 28 people present and all were very interested.  Election of Officers followed.  Elected were:

President - Arch Abrams

Vice President - Fred Doyle

Secretary - Maxine Cocharn

Reporter - Dean Whiteman


A committee was appointed to find some ground on which to have field days.  Mr. and Mrs. Arch Abrams leased ground to the newly formed club.  Almost every Sunday the men met and began building pens, chutes, an arena, bleachers and a fence around the grounds.  The ladies helped in many ways, one of which was the donation of their homemade pies.


Then new club joined the Kansas Chapter in 1950.  They took part in many parades in Topeka.  A uniform of white shirts, red ties and blue jeans was established.


The club had a basket supper each meeting night, as a way to get acquainted.  For several years square dancing was held after the meetings.

Meetings were held in different locations, such as Elmont and Wallace Schools.  The meetings are now held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the clubhouse.

As the club became bigger and needed more space, ground were leased from the Indian Creek Grange for five years.  In 1963 the club purchased its present location, located on 25 acres.  A clubhouse was purchased in 1967, with a New Year's Eve party to bring in 1968.  This clubhouse was destroyed by fire.  In 1974 a new metal building was erected.

The first amateur rodeo was held October 22, 1950.  A variety of horse events have followed over the years.  Some of the were AQHA Shows, play nights, NEKSAG Open Shows, competitive trail rides, junior rodeos, Little Britches Rodeos, team penning and ropings.  The first KHSRA High School Qualifying Rodeo was held in 1980.  Also many trail rides for members have been held.

If over all the years a record was kept of time, hard work and equipment donated by members and friends, it would fill a good many record books, but this is why the club is here today.  A club where families get together and have good fun.