If anyone happened to see a group people riding horses on the trails around Lost Creek over the past Labor Day weekend, chances are they were members of the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club. Group trips like this are just one of many fun activities this group of equine enthusiasts participates in throughout the year.
The Buffalo Bill Saddle Club (BBSC) was founded in 1947 in Evergreen and Golden. The group is dedicated to preserving and promoting the Western horse heritage of Colorado through family oriented activities. Membership is open to anyone who enjoys being with horses, regardless of age. They are also a non-profit organization whose members not only participate in riding activities, but learn about the care and training of their horses.
Publicity Chairman, Jan Kray has been with the organization for over 10 years, starting when she bought her first horse, Apache. “I had never had the privilege of having a horse growing up so I had a lot to learn. At my first meeting I immediately felt welcome,” she says. Kray is now active in the BBSC editing the group’s newsletter and website.
Throughout the warm weather months, the BBSC hold many weekend camping trips, such as the trip to Lost Creek. Their next camping trip is September 17-19 at the Winding River Resort near Rocky Mountain National Park. Kray says these trips are a great way for people with horses to travel with other horse owners, ride trails together and learn more about each other and their animals.
“I can honestly say that without the patience of the BBSC members I would not have a horse today and be enjoying the great outdoors with him,” says Kray.
The BBSC holds monthly meetings the second Wednesday of each month at the Jefferson Country Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. Kray says the group has a wide variety of activities to suit everyone’s interests. Other activities include participating in community parades and social events such as dinner dances and potlucks. Membership fees are $25 per family or $20 per individual. “It is my goal as publicity chairman to get the word out to others who may be in the position I was in [back] in 1998,” Kray added.
The BBSC riders can next be seen at the Arvada Harvest Festival Parade on Saturday, September 11 at 9 a.m. in Olde Town Arvada, 57th and Old Wadsworth.
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