40+ years of horses,
trails, friends, and fun!
Dragon Run Saddle Club was founded on June 14th 1978. Originally, the club was incorporated to host horse shows. As time passed the club evolved, we moved from the show ring onto the trails. The club has always taken an active interest in local causes and charities; utilizing trail riding based fundraisers to assist numerous equine enthusiasts during times of need, accidents, illness, as well as giving to the Gloucester Mathews Humane Society, the American Cancer Society, St Jude's, Toys for Kids and many more. Members were instrumental in the development and maintenance of the multi-use trails at Beaverdam Park, Gloucester's only public equestrian offering. Dragon Run Saddle Club has also been a social club, a place to meet new friends, enjoy the company of old friends, and members have always been generous in mentoring new enthusiasts.
Currently, our main objectives are to continue support of our local trails by continuing support of Beaverdam trails and lobbying for new trails. We accomplish this by joining together and as a club: speaking as a united voice to our local government representatives when trail or equine issues arise, laboring together to maintain our trails, and working as a team to hold fundraisers in the support these efforts. We also enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of monthly club meetings, monthly club newsletters, monthly club rides, attending outside events as a club, and some friendly
competition for yearly club awards - miles in the saddle and volunteer hours.
Simply put, our future is you! A thriving membership supports our club, our objectives, and the continuing fellowship between our local equine enthusiasts. If these goals are important to you too, join us!
DRSC underwent big changes in 2017!
We feel the future of Dragon Run Saddle Club
and the future of trail riding in our area are intertwined;
this took our club in a new direction, a new journey, one that we hope you will join us on.
Our new Mission Statement:
*To protect, preserve, support, and assist in maintaining the current and future equestrian trails in Gloucester County, VA and surrounding areas; by fundraising, lobbying, maintaining, as well as partnering with government agencies and their representatives.
*To encourage and support legislation, rules, ordinances, and policies which are consistent with the continued access of current equestrian trails and creation of new equestrian trails.
*To stimulate an interest, encourage, and promote equestrian trail riding in Gloucester County, VA and surrounding areas.
*To promote and maintain partnerships with other trail users; and to educate in relation to trail use.
*To promote the horse and riding as a distinct pleasure; promoting good conduct, sportsmanship, safety, and conservation practices.
*To exist as a social club, facilitating recreational and social activities of like minded enthusiasts.
We were overwhelmed by the positive response to these changes in 2017!
We are continuing on this trail in 2021!