2023 Spring Newsletter

25 Apr 2023 7:21 AM | Melissa Davis (Administrator)

Thank You Volunteers!

Thank you to all the volunteers who made our work party in March, and our April show a huge success! Every role plays a part, from cleaning up the grounds after the winter, to mowing before the show, setting fences, managing the show office, running the back gate, giving out awards, and cleaning up after the show. We couldn’t do it without all our incredible volunteers!

Bathroom Refresh – Rotary Grant Challenge

BISC recently applied for a community grant from the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island to update the bathrooms at the Saddle Club. If you have used the bathrooms in the past year, you may be aware that they are in dire need of repair. The quote for the work came back at just over $22,000. Rotary has awarded the club a challenge grant for $7500. To claim the grant, the club needs to raise the reminder of the funds by October 1st. We have a matching donation from a generous donor for $7500.  This leaves us with $7,000 left to raise to receive the Rotary grant. The BISC Board is gathering additional quotes for the project and looking at ways to keep the costs down. We will be getting you more information soon, including the best way to donate and what the bathroom improvements will look like.

Membership – Have you renewed for 2023?

By renewing your BISC membership you help provide funds for preserving, improving, and maintaining our member owned facility. Strong membership numbers each year allow us to protect our 8.3 Bainbridge Island acres and preserves the club for future generations of horsemen/women. Membership also gives you year-round use of the club, discounted show fees and early registration. Did you know that we have a membership option for non-riding members who want to support the club? The Supporting Membership is available for $40.00 annually and is for social and unmounted participation. Many of our supporting members are long time club members who no longer ride or have moved out of the area but want to support the club. You can renew your membership directly on the website


Year End Banquet – Ticket Price Increase

 The BISC Year End Banquet has traditionally been our top fundraiser. In reviewing the budget, it also stands out as one of our larger expenses. Last year the costs for the banquet came in a just over $3800, while the ticket sales brought in $1600. The board has agreed to increase the banquet ticket price to $25.00. This will help cover the caterer expense and the facility rental. We look forward to seeing all of you there on November 4th, 2023.


BISC Junior Board

Thank you to Kylee Stanton Hicks for organizing our BISC Jr. Board! Jr. Board has new members and are busy taking on new projects. 2023 BISC Jr. Board members are as follows: Helena Janof, Charlotte D’amico, Adelyn Mathews, Genevieve Kramer, Maddie Gilfedder, Sierra Berry, and Zoe Siebert. The Jr. Board is looking to take on several exciting projects including working with the Park District on repairing the cross-country course in Manzanita Park, hosting a clinic and fundraising. If you are a junior member who is interested in joining the board contact Kylee at bisctreasurer98110@gmail.com


Dressage Schooling Show – September 24th

We are excited to announce that Dressage Shows are back! This year’s show will be held on  September 24th. BISC dressage shows provide the opportunity to ride a dressage test in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere of a schooling show. Perfect for riders new to competition or young horses starting their show careers. Classes offered range from Intro Level all the way to 4th (2023 USDF test), Dressage Seat Equitation, 2022 USEF Eventing dressage tests and USEF Western dressage tests. 

Prizes: 1-5 place ribbons awarded in each class along with some fun awards such as the Matchy Matchy award, Dusty Bum, and prize for 9s. 


See you on May 13th

Our next show is Saturday, May 13th, and we look forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate Mother’s Day.  Member registration opens on April 30th on the BISC website.

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