In the beginning......
The Arrowhead Saddle Club was formed in September, 1976 and has grown in membership of 9 families to the current 71 families! The first officers were Dale Sayler, President; Gene Clubine, Vice President; Joy Cox, Treasurer; and Judy Brown, Secretary. The club formed to bring together all horsemen and horse lovers in the community and to promote sportsmanship, fellowship, interest in pleasure, parade, stock horses and horsemanship for all ages.
The members spent the first year trail riding and trying to find a possible location for a riding arena. In July, 1977, the club voted to build an arena on the land offered by Mr. and Mrs. Dale Sayler. The arena is located eight miles southesast of Mendon, near Indian Grove, Missouri.
Members did some work on the arena that fall, and work began in earnest the following spring. Club members served food at farm sales to make money needed to purchase fencing, lighting and other needed supplies to build the arena. The first arena was built with old materials bought from the Sumner Riding Club, who was disbanding, and some new materials were purchased from local merchants. The arena was used as a meeting place through the years for several different events and activities. They hosted their first 4-H horse show in July 1978, with club members working many weekends to prepare for the show.
In the fall of 1978, the club began making plans for a rodeo to be held the following year. The club contracted with Robert Gilman, a stock contractor from Fulton, MO for the July rodeo. The members spent many more weekends building the bucking chutes, roping boxes and announcer's stand. They continued to serve farm sales to raise the needed funds for the arena.
On our way......
The first rodeo was held July 1979 and was attended by 800 people each night of the performance. A queen contest was held in conjunction with the first rodeo to promote advanced sales of rodeo tickets and rodeo attendance. The Queen was determined by the one selling the largest number of tickets. The scheduled events were Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Team Roping and Calf Roping.
Over the past 30 years we have faced a lot of mud, rain, and hot dry days and nights, but have continued to put on our rodeos. A lot of work goes into planning this event, and it takes hard working people to pull it all together!
The arena is used for a number of other events such as trail rides, fun shows, parades, horse shows, team pennings, Bar-B-Q's and campouts. The 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts have used the arena for a variety of events.
We believe the youth of our community are very important and are the hope of the future. Each year the Club gives a scholarship to a local high school senior interested in an agricultural field on the college level.
We currently have 71 families on our member list. We still enjoy the many activities that the founding members envisioned. New activities are added all the time, such as: Foundation Quarter Horse Registry Shows, Extreme Cowboy Trials, Team Sorting, and horse activities for handicapped children.
In 1996 the Club started an annual ride for St. Jude Children's Hospital. What started out ot be a one-time ride turned out to be something special indeed! We now hold an annual trail ride with all proceeds being donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
The rodeo is still going strong with many new events being added all the time. There is something for everyone during this fun-packed weekend! Kids can enjoy the "funny-man" during the half time, Mutten-busting for children, and Cowboy teams roping and riding cows.
First members: (1976)