Riders get to shine at Aryn’s Saddle Club horse shows

Aryan’s horse shows are for all ages and serve to strengthen the bond between animal and rider.

A love of horses is all it takes to become involved with Aryn’s Saddle Club. The organization has been around since 2007, but it is quite possible some equine fans are not aware of it.

The club is based at the American Legion Post 373 Complex at 4775 Williamson Road, past the soccer fields. That’s where several horse shows take place each year, so riders can demonstrate what they and their mighty steeds have accomplished as a team.

“There are not many places in the area to show, and we want friendly, family-oriented events for anybody to come and be comfortable,” said Jayme Allen, secretary.

She and another Newville resident, Scott Kelly, president; and Greencastle residents Patti Goetz, vice president, and Joanne Hafer, treasurer; lead the 15 or so club members and potential members. They meet the first Tuesday of each month to plan shows and fundraisers, and maintain the grounds. They welcome new participants who are able to attend meetings and help with the club. Membership is $10 per individual or $20 per family.

Aryn’s Saddle Club was founded by the late Sam Wagaman, to provide an educational and fun setting for people interested in riding and caring for horses. He named the club after a friend’s unborn daughter who died in a car accident.

Allen, 32, joined in 2012.

“I grew up with horses,” she said. “I rode in front of my dad before I could walk. My mom said I was safer on a horse than on my own two feet.”

The club hosted an open horse show on June 8. It drew entries from as far away as Breezewood, Carlisle and West Virginia.

“We had quite a few children,” Allen noted. “The majority of exhibitors were under 17. I was really happy about that.”

The categories ranged from youth, adult and novice showmanship; to English and Western pleasure; to dashes, equitation and pole bending. Professional judges made their decisions and awarded ribbons and prizes. The public watched the action in the ring from lawn chairs and beneath canopies, and brought their own lunches or purchased food from the concession stand run by Aryn’s.

The next show is June 29, again open to all ages, skill levels and breeds of horses. The first class event begins at 9 a.m.

Anyone wanting more information on Aryn’s Saddle Club may phone Allen at 717-448-4102, send an email to or visit the website


Results of the June 8 Aryn’s Saddle Club Horse Show were as follows:

Youth English Pleasure 12 and under: Grand - Tory Layton, Wells Tannery, on Levi’s Cool Spirit. Reserve - Maria Richards, St. Thomas, on Dirty N Smokey.

Youth English Pleasure 14 -18: Grand - Coramina Cogan, Greencastle, on Glorioso A Dio. Reserve - Molly Schneider, Clear Spring, Md., on Saphira.

Adult English Pleasure: Grand - Jenny Yankie, McConnellsburg, on Shameless N Motion. Reserve - Lori Morris, Carlisle, on MD O Lydia.

Adult Western Pleasure: Grand - Donna Schmidt, Hagerstown, Md., on You Bet She’s Good. Reserve - Kristen Long, Carlisle, on Domino’s Thumbelena; Jenny Yankie, McConnellsburg, on Shameless.