5th Annual IPRA Championship RODEO

It’s that time of year again. You know what time we are talking about. The excitement is in the air. It’s Rodeo Time! Gilmer County Saddle Club is proud to present the 5th Annual Championship Rodeo sponsored by Bill Holt Chevrolet. It will be held September 26th and 27th at 8:00pm. The gates will open at 6:00pm; arrive early and check out all the vendors while you wait for the rodeo to start!


Purchase your Advance Tickets and save money! Advance Tickets may be purchased for $10.00 each at the following sponsor locations:

  • Captain D’s
  • Dunkin’ Dounuts
  • Bill Holt Chevrolet
  • Heritage Propane
  • R&A Orchards
  • Complete Cash
  • North Georgia Loans
  • 515 Used Tires
  • National Title Pawn
  • O’Neal’s Barber Shop
  • Factory Direct Vapor Outlet

Tickets will be for sale at the gate the night of the rodeo for $14.00 each.

For the latest rodeo news please be sure to visit our 5th Annual IPRA Championship RODEO Facebook page.

For the first time we are also happy to announce that for your convenience you may purchase your rodeo tickets online!

Eventbrite - Gilmer County Saddle Club's 5th Annual Championship RODEO- September 26 & 27, 2014

2014 Show Season Still Exciting Events to Come

Thank you to all of those that attended our Open Show this past Saturday, August 23rd. A special thank you to all the members that make these shows possible. We appreciate those who are there hours beforehand to help set up and those who stay late to help clean up. You truly are such a special part to our club!

With that said there are still several shows left in the 2014 show season.

Here is our following show dates for those who plan to attend:

September 13th at 1p.m.- open horse show
September 20th at 6 p.m.- Charles Sumner Memorial Racking horse show
September 26-27th  the 6th Annual Rodeo
October 25th at 1 p.m.- Give Cancer The Boot Fun Show
November 1st at 1p.m.- Open horse show

August 9th English Clinic & Fun Show

Gilmer County Saddle Club is proud to announce we will be hosting an English Clinic on August 9, 2014. The clinic will be performed by Jeannie Shaw who will work with riders both individually and in a group. The clinic will be over flat work and jumps. The cost is $35.00 per rider and the clinic will be held 9:30 am till 12:30pm. Interested riders will need to pre-register prior to clinic with Mrs. Jackie Brown. For contact and registration information please email gilmercountysaddleclub1@gmail.com.


There will also be a fun show held August 9th starting at 1:00pm. Fun Show’s are always a fun family event!

July is a Busy Month for Gilmer County Saddle Club

Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Kitchen

By July summer is in full swing and so is the Gilmer County Saddle Club.

On the 4th of July many members participated in the Downtown Ellijay Fourth of July Parade.  It was a fun event that members and spectators enjoyed! It is always wonderful to see the kids out smiling.

This weekend, Saturday June 12th, will be the annual National Racking Horse Associations St. Jude show. This is always a great event where the money goes for a great cause! Join us for the show which starts at 6:00 pm. And be sure not to miss the silent auction; always a wonderful selection of items to bid on.

The rain has delayed it twice but we are happy to announce that the Charles Sumner Memorial show will be held July 19th. The show will begin at 4:00 pm.

Also this month will be ending with our Open Horse show scheduled for July 26th.

Just a reminder to all members that we are always needing volunteers. Without volunteers these shows would not be possible. So we appreciate all the help we can get! If you are unable to volunteer but still want to help our concession stand is always in need of home baked goods or other donated items such as individual chip bags, or candy.


Photo courtesy of Charlotte Kitchen

Open Show This Saturday ~ June 28th

Summer is officially here. Come enjoy the sunshine with us on Saturday June 28th for our monthly Open Horse Show.

Sign up will begin at noon and the show will start at 1:00pm. All members who would like to volunteer please arrive early for setup.

For show sheet or class information please click here.


Fun Show Scheduled for April 12th

The first show of the season is fast approaching! Gilmer County Saddle Club will host a fun show this Saturday, April 12th, at 1:00pm.

We apologize but we have recently updated the Fun Show Class Lineup. Please view the sheet for the latest up to date information pertaining to class’s offered along with the line up . Don’t miss out on this event! It is truly fun for all ages!

Dolly Parton Race

Dolly Parton Race

Spring Is Here

2014 has already proved to be a busy year for Gilmer County Saddle Club and with the weather warming up things are only going to get more busy! I am sure after a long winter everyone is happy to see the sun and is looking forward to the fast approaching show season.

First off I would like take a moment to thank those that came out and supported our Coggins and Trade Day!


2014 GCSC Coggins and Trade Day

Also thank you to all contests and volunteers who participated in the 2014 Miss and Mister GHS Pageant. The pageant was a great success! A very special thank you to Colbie Chastain for making it all possible.

Miss Gilmer County Saddle Club Pageant


The 2014 show sheets have been posted. Please click the Show Schedule tab for a complete list of dates and show sheets. Our first Fun Show will be coming up April 12th and the first Open Show of the season will held April 26th.

The April Monthly Meeting will be held April 17th.

Miss Gilmer County Saddle Club 2014 THIS Saturday!

The 2014 Miss Gilmer County Saddle Club pageant will be help this Saturday and the Ellijay Elementary School Auditorium.

Check-In will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the pageant will start at 1:00 p.m. sharp.


Currently the age divisions are as follows:

0-12 months Tiny Miss
13 months- 2 years old Baby Miss
3-4 years old Toddler Miss
5-6 Little Miss
7-9 Young Miss
10-12 Preteen
13-15 Princess
16-18 Teen
19-21 Miss
*Age Divisions can be changed due to participation*


There will be two runner-ups and a queen for each division. Extra awards to be presented for: prettiest hair, smile, dress, eyes, photogenic, and outfit of choice.

This is considered a natural pageant.



Pageant Participants hope you have had success finding the perfect dress and are as excited about the upcoming pageant as we are!

Please see below for a message from Pageant Director Colbie Chastain:

Hello all Pageant Contestants,
I am ecstatic for this weekend’s upcoming pageant. Our staff and I are so ready to see all of your faces! As you all know, pageant days can get pretty crazy. So, hearing that i hope that this email can clear up some questions or maybe future concerns of the daily schedule. 
FRIDAY- Friday March 21st, is a “Rehearsal” in a sense that you can get all your last minute questions answered and have a little practice as well. This scheduled meeting/rehearsal will begin promptly at 5:30 and you can leave after the meeting session or stay and run through pageant day. PLEASE WEAR CASUAL CLOTHING. We do not want any damage dresses before pageant day and it can become very crowded. This practice will be held at Dance Etc Studio of Dance located beside the Piggly Wiggly in Ellijay, GA. Please let me know if you need assistance in finding us. Amy Sims is so very nicely letting us use her facility to practice in since we cannot get the auditorium two days in a row. Here I will have a sheet for you for last minute questions and schedule.

SATURDAY- THE BIG DAY! We will have several Saddle Club Volunteers that will be there to assist you with any needs. The auditorium will open at exactly 12:00 p.m. for registrations and signing in. As a pageant girl myself, I would suggest for you all to come between 12-12:30 to sign up and register because we cannot guarantee the schedule will follow the exact time. We also cannot wait on late contestants as well. Here at the sign-up booth will be a very organized young lady to get your contestant number and make sure your waiver is signed. PLEASE TURN IN YOUR PHOTOGENIC PICTURE TO THIS YOUNG LADY. She will also direct you to the dressing rooms and get everything situated for you. 
Each contestant will get ONE FREE PASS TO THE DRESSING ROOMS to have assistance. All additional supporting family members can go to the Admission Table to receive their ticket for $3.00. Children 5 and Under will get in free to watch. 

During the Pageant, Myself or another volunteer will be lining girls and boys up to go on stage. I will call you out in order so do not freak out, I promise I will come and get you!

BOYS: We will have a side of the stage for your dressing rooms to be separated from the girls. 

If you need Make-up for your child, please Contact Holly Chastain on Facebook for an appointment ASAP.

WESTERN/RIDING WEAR WILL GO ON FIRST. Remember this is mandatory to compete. This is just a lineup judging session. There will be no pattern but this doesn’t mean you cannot add your “sassiness” in the lineup. 

Formal Wear will be next. This will be a pattern section of the competition. We will be looking for the normal “T” Pattern for this, if you do not know this pattern, please ask us at rehearsal and we will demonstrate and let you practice. 

Dance Etc.. will also be performing for intermission as well.

Vendors for jewelry and such will be set up for purchases during the show  

Please please please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to message us on our Facebook page or this email address!!

I cannot wait to see all of your beautiful faces this Friday and Saturday! 

XOXO Colbie Chastain, Director of GCSC Pageant

2014 Coggins and Trade Day Saturday March 8th


The 2014 Coggins and Trade Day will be held Saturday March 8th. Dr. Zager from Ocoee Animal Hospital will be available from 9:00am to 1:00 pm to pull coggins. The price is $25.00 per horse.  Other vaccinations that will be available upon request.

Trade Day booths are $10.00 per site, first come first served.

Don’t miss out on this excellent chance to get your coggins test done and be ready for the upcoming 2014 show season!


Miss Gilmer County Saddle Club 2014

The 1st Annual Miss Gilmer County Saddle Club Pageant will be held Saturday, March 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ellijay Elementary Auditorium.


Currently the age divisions are as follows:

0-12 months Tiny Miss
13 months- 2 years old Baby Miss
3-4 years old Toddler Miss
5-6 Little Miss
7-9 Young Miss
10-12 Preteen
13-15 Princess
16-18 Teen
19-21 Miss
*Age Divisions can be changed due to participation*


Check-In will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the pageant will start at 1:00 p.m. sharp.

The deadline for applications is Saturday, March 15. With that said there will be no last minute entries and contestants will not be taken at the door.

Each contestant will receive one free adult pass with completed registration.

This will be a fun, affordable, family event. Tickets will be  $3.00 each and can be purchased at the door.

Would you like to be a vendor? We would love to have you! Vendors are FREE! For more information on how to become a vendor please contact Colbie Chastain at cchastain.2013@gmail.com.

GCSC is also currently looking for talent to perform during the intermissions, if you are interested please email Colbie at the above listed email.

There will be two runner-ups and a queen for each division. Extra awards to be presented for: prettiest hair, smile, dress, eyes, photogenic, and outfit of choice.

This is considered a natural pageant.

For the latest, up to date information please follow our Miss GCSC Facebook Page.

Registration Form:
Miss Gilmer County Saddle Club 2014 Registration Form