Saddle up for some fun


The Panhandle Saddle Club regularly participates in trail rides around the local area. (Photos courtesy Panhandle Saddle Club)

HOLT, Fla., Oct. 5, 2018–The Panhandle Saddle Club is looking for horse enthusiasts to come join the fun.

A family-oriented organization with a focus on creating a bond between horse and rider, the club features equine activities such as trail rides, parade participation, training and other activities.

But the main goal is to just have fun with horses.

“Our main purpose is for all individuals of any age to have fun while we all become better horsemen through various activities through the club,” said David Mossow, club president.

The club meets monthly to discuss upcoming activities. At each meeting, a guest speaker talks about issues related to horses, horse care and horseback riding.

“People are drawn to the club to experience new opportunities with their horses,” said Mossow. “We share member expertise and favorite trails, including subject-matter expert guest speakers” at the meetings.


The saddle club participates in one of Crestview’s many parades. (Panhandle Saddle Club)

In between meetings, there are activities like trail rides, barbecues, overnight horse camping and even parade participation.

Since its organization 15 months ago, the club has participated in several Crestview parades, including the Veteran’s Day and Christmas parades.

“We participate in as many parades as possible,” said Mossow. “Parades expose horses to many different sounds and sights and builds confidence in your horse and rider.”

Bottom line: People love seeing horses in a parade.

“Whether you are riding, leading your horse or carrying the club banner, you will be a star,” he said. “Just listen to all the kids screaming and yelling ‘Horses!'”


Club members enjoy a trail ride. (Panhandle Saddle Club)

The club schedules numerous local trail rides throughout the year, including overnight camping trips in and out of the area.

“We rely on our members to share some of these hidden jewels,” said Mossow. “You don’t have to be a member to participate. Guests are very welcome.”

The club meets at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at David’s Catfish House in Crestview.

The first half is of the meeting time is for food and socializing while the second half is reserved for a guest speaker to talk on various topics of interest to horse owners.

“It is all about having fun with our horses,” Mossow said.

Meeting information:

  • When:  First Wednesday of each month
  • Where: David’s Catfish House, 1296 N. Ferdon Blvd. in Crestview
  • Time: Social and eating 6-6:45 p.m., meeting: 6:45-7:45 p.m.

For more information, contact club president David Mossow, or on Facebook @PanhandleSaddleClub.


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