Saddlebrook Street Compendium

Saddlebrook’s 435 homes are situated on 29 streets whose names are equestrian, or horse-related, in nature. Ever wondered what’s up with all the horse terms and names? What is their meaning? Here’s an entertaining street-by-street compendium.

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Appaloosa

The Appaloosa is a horse breed best known for its colorful leopard-spotted coat pattern. Artwork depicting prehistoric horses with leopard spotting exists in prehistoric cave paintings in Europe. Appaloosas were once referred to by settlers as the Palouse horse, possibly after the Palouse River, which ran through the heart of Nez Perce country. Gradually, the name evolved into Appaloosa.

Aqueduct

An aqueduct is a water supply or navigable canal constructed to convey water. However, the term Aqueduct as it appears in the Saddlebrook neighborhood refers to the Aqueduct Horseracing track in Queens, New York. Opened in 1894, the racetrack was named after the Brooklyn Aqueduct that brought water from Long Island to New York’s Ridgewood Reservoir.

Arabian

The Arabian or Arab horse is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable and oldest horse breeds in the world.

Bay Meadows

Built on the site of an old airfield, Bay Meadows Racecourse was the longest continually operating thoroughbred racetrack in California, having been founded on November 13, 1934, until its closure in August 2008. The innovative William P. Kyne introduced pari-mutuel wagering, the popular Daily Double, the first all-enclosed starting gate, the totalizator board and the photo-finish camera at Bay Meadows. We’ve heard that residents at Bay Meadows are innovative too!

Bridle

A bridle is headgear placed around the head of a horse that holds the bit in place in a horse’s mouth, including reins, used to direct and guide the animal. Sometimes it is used to refer to the entire piece of equipment, including headstall, bit and reins. A bridle is not to be confused with bridal; thus, when a Bridle bridal shower is given on this street, a gift having to do with horses isn’t generally well-received.

Buckskin

Buckskin is a hair coat color of horses, referring to a color that resembles certain shades of tanned deerskin. Also, chaps are sometimes made of buckskin. (See Chaps, below.)

Calder

Calder Race Course is a Thoroughbred horse racing track in Miami Gardens, Florida. In the mid-1960s, real estate developer Stephen A. Calder envisioned summertime racing in Florida. In 1965, on the advice of Mr. Calder, the Florida Legislature approved a bill allowing for it.

Chaps

Chaps are sturdy coverings for the legs consisting of leggings and a belt. They are buckled on over trousers with the chaps’ integrated belt, but unlike trousers they have no seat and are not joined at the crotch. They are designed to provide protection for the legs and are usually made of leather or a leather-like material. They are most commonly associated with the cowboy culture of the American west as a protective garment to be used when riding a horse through brushy terrain. There seems indeed to be a lot of brushy terrain on that street!

Dexter Falls

As far as we can tell, Dexter Falls has nothing to do with horses. This is perhaps because it travels through both Saddlebrook and the neighborhood to our south, the Villages of Hayden Run, so the developers thus chose a neutral, non-horse name. Maybe Dexter Falls has more to do with bicycles…the two-wheeled steed? The iron horse?

Epsom

A reference to the famous Epsom Downs racecourse near Epsom in Surrey, England. The course is best known for hosting the Epsom Derby, the United Kingdom’s premier thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old colts and fillies — over a mile and a half. The first recorded race was held on the Downs way back in 1661. That was before the time of most current Epsom Court residents.

Equestrian

An individual familiar with horses and horse handling is called an Equestrian. It can also refer to someone riding a horse. The feminine form is Equestrienne, and Equestrian Court has residents of both the Equestrian and Equestrienne forms. If you were a member of the “Equestrian Order” in ancient Rome, you would have had an upper-class ranking.

Fox Hunt Trail

A fox hunt trail is formed when horse mounted-hunters periodically use the same ground for pursuing their hounds who chase after foxes. While fox hunting originated in the United Kingdom, it is also practiced in the United States. Fox hunting has been controversial and has been banned since 2002 in Scotland. As far as is known, there have been no sightings of foxes around Fox Hunt Trail; however, coyotes have been spotted around the neighborhood.

Hialeah

This street is named after the Hialeah Park Race Track, one of the oldest existing recreational facilities in Florida. It opened in 1921. The park became so famous for its flamingo flocks that it has been officially designated a sanctuary for the American Flamingo by the Audubon Society. The horse-racing movie Let It Ride with Richard Dreyfuss, Terri Garr, and Jennifer Tilly had most of its principal film photography shot at Hialeah Park in 1987. No flamingos reside on the street here in Columbus.

Man O War

This street was named after Man o’ War, one of the greatest Thoroughbred racehorses of all time. During his career just after World War I, he won 20 of 21 races and $249,465 in purses. He was born in 1917 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Mustang

A Mustang is a free-roaming horse of the North American west that first descended from horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish. Mustangs are often referred to as wild horses, but there is debate over terminology. Because they are descended from once-domesticated horses, they can be classified as feral horses. In the 1971 Rolling Stones song, the term Mustang was rejected in favor of Wild Horses because it didn’t fit the syllables needed to make it flow with the lyrics.

Pinto

Named after the pinto horse, which is any horse with a coat color consisting of large patches of white and another color. Many breeds of horse carry pinto patterns, and various cultures throughout history appear to have selectively bred for pinto patterns. The word pinto is Spanish for painted. The late 1970 Pinto automobile was discontinued after claims were made that the placement of its fuel tank was prone to fires and explosions.

Preakness

The Preakness Stakes is an American flat Thoroughbred horse race held in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It is the second leg of the U.S. Triple Crown. The Preakness Stakes has been termed “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” because a blanket of Black-eyed Susans (the state flower of Maryland) is traditionally placed around the winner’s neck.

Ramblehurst

To ramble is to wander around leisurely or aimlessly. Hurst is an archaic Old English term meaning woods. In warmer weather residents are often seen wandering down this fine street in a leisurely manner…and sometimes even in an aimless way. They generally do not, however, do so on horseback.

Saddlebrook

It is not known for sure why this name was chosen for the subdivision. One possibility: the well-known Saddlebrook Equestrian Center in Tomball Texas.

Saddlehorn

The design of the Western saddle derives from the saddles of the Spanish vaqueros — the early horse trainers and cattle handlers of Mexico and the American Southwest. It was developed for the purpose of working cattle across vast areas. During the Western saddle’s evolution, a very functional item was also added: the saddle “horn”. This innovation allowed vaqueros to control cattle by use of a rope around the neck of the animal, tied around the horn.

Seattle Slew

Seattle Slew (February 15, 1974 – May 7, 2002) was an American Thoroughbred race horse who won the Triple Crown in 1977 — the tenth horse to accomplish the feat. In the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century, Seattle Slew is ranked ninth. In 2002, the year of Seattle Slew’s death, a deeply saddened resident of Saddlebrook (and obviously a racing fan) placed black tape across the name Seattle Slew on the street sign posts as a symbol of mourning.

Secretariat

This horse (March 30, 1970 – October 4, 1989) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who, in 1973, became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in 25 years. He set race records in all three events in the Series — the Kentucky Derby (1:59.4), the Preakness Stakes (1:53), and the Belmont Stakes (2:24) — records that still stand today. He is considered to be one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time, ranking second behind Man o’ War in The Blood-Horse’s List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century.

Spur

A spur is a metal tool designed to be worn in pairs on the heels of riding boots for the purpose of directing a horse to move forward or laterally while riding. There are rules in most equestrian organizations about spur design and use, and penalties for using spurs in any manner that constitutes animal abuse. A spur is also a short side road off a main road. Spur Court is a small side road off of Saddlebrook.

Stirrup

This street is named after the rings used for receiving the foot of a rider, attached to the saddle by a strap called a stirrup leather. The stirrup is used to aid in mounting and as a support while riding. Stirrups are often made of wood covered with leather.

Thistledown

This street is named after the thoroughbred race track near Cleveland Ohio. In 2010, this race track was purchased by the Las Vegas firm Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation, which now operates on the premises video lottery terminals.

Thoroughbred

When used as a proper noun, Thoroughbred refers to a specific breed of horse best known as a race horse. The term is also sometimes used to refer to any purebred horse.

Triple Crown

The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing consists of three races for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses. Winning all three of these Thoroughbred horse races is considered the greatest accomplishment in Thoroughbred racing. The term originated in mid-19th century England. However, different nations where thoroughbred racing is popular each have their own Triple Crown series. In the United States, the three races that compose the Triple Crown are the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. The last horse to win the Triple Crown was named “Affirmed”. He won it in 1978.