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The Southdown and Eridge Hunt Inaugural Side Saddle Dash

The Southdown and Eridge Hunt Inaugural Side Saddle Dash was held at their Point to Point on Sunday 9th April 2017 at Godstone in Surrey. In addition Area 8 Members gave a display which included traditional and historical costumes. The dash was run over a distance of approximately 7 furlongs and the winner was Chloe Gunn from Area 12.

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Dexter's Latest Adventures

Darkly Dreaming Dexter from Area 5 was delighted to win the Side Saddles Performance Points Best Gelding at the S.S.A. AGM and posed with his trophy for his fans. To read more about Dexter please click here.

S.S.A. President

Following the retirement of Mrs. R. N. James as President after 10 years in office we are pleased to welcome Mr. R.L. Philpot as President of the Side Saddle Association from 1st April 2017.

VALERIE MILLWOOD

Members will be saddened to learn of the death of the Association’s Vice President, Valerie Millwood, on 23rd March 2017.

Born into a family of Funeral Directors in London, she was brought up with horses, as the firm specialised in providing horse drawn hearses drawn by black horses with plumes.   Taught and mentored by the late, great Count Robert Orssich, considered to be the finest and most elegant horseman in the show ring, Valerie became very well known producing and showing hacks, cobs, ponies and arabs in the 50s, 60s and 70s. 

Valerie specialised in teaching side saddle when the art was in decline (before the formation of the Association) and produced many displays and musical rides in costume featuring side saddle riders.   She won the Riding School Teams class at the Richmond Horse Show in the mid 50s, all three riding side saddle, she flanked by her two small pupils, the Slater-Hunt sisters.  She once said winning that class probably gave her the greatest pleasure of her showing career.

Valerie was one of the first to join the Association in 1974, and has been involved with it in many ways since then.   She served as Area 8 Chairman for a record 21 years and was well known for running a tight ship, no small detail ever escaped her.   Her Area 8 Christmas lunches and AGMs were always very social occasions, and a great dog lover herself, the dog shows held at her house in aid of the Area were always well attended and the greatest fun for canines and humans.

It was through Valerie that the Association were invited to stage Invitation Showjumping and Concours d’Elegance classes in the main ring at the Windsor Horse Trials, where for many years our Members were able to compete.   In addition, she also persuaded Hickstead to put on a Costume Concours d’ Elegance class and the Horse of the Year Show to re-introduce Ladies Hunters to their programme.

Valerie was a judge on many equestrian panels including Ponies UK, The Arab Horse Society, National Pony Society, and the British Show Hack, Cob & Riding Horse Association (now The British Show Horse Association) of which she was made President in 1998 and on her retirement, a Vice-President.

Valerie was an instructor of the art of side saddle par excellence, the number of successful riders she taught are countless and include several Riders of the Year and Junior Riders of the Year.  She was always very generous with her time and knowledge and is in no small part responsible for setting the standards whereby the Association is held in high regard within the showing world.


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The Association sends condolences to her family and to Thea.

MJ

AREA 5 GRADE/ EXAM DAY

Please note the Area 5 Grade Test/ Exam Day planned for July 2017 will not be taking place.

THE SIDE SADDLE ASSOCIATION AGM

The 42nd Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 19th March at Hogarths Hotel by kind permission of Mrs Helena Hogarth.

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SIDE SADDLE DASH 12TH MARCH 2017

The Bicester with Whaddon Chase Point to Point at Whitfield Racecourse, Brackley, on Sunday 12th March was the setting for a Ladies Side Saddle Dash.

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The National Equine Forum 2017

The National Equine Forum was held on 9th March 2017 and this year Government officials, vets and equestrian industry leaders shared their knowledge and drove debate on some of today’s most pertinent equestrian matters. In the lively topical slots the impact of Business Rates were assessed, the impact of the growing threats of strangles and Equine Herpes Virus were discussed and the replacement to the Horserace Betting Levy examined. Also hot off the press the Thoroughbred Health Network was formally launched as a UK-wide initiative. In addition the programme included Brexit’s potential impact on the horse industry, the central equine database, tack, bits and welfare, and Changing Lives through Horses.

We are delighted to announce that our President Mrs. Maureen. James was joint runner up in the prestigious Colin Spedding Award.

Sir Colin Spedding was the founding chairman of the NEF and chaired the event for 20 years until shortly before his death in 2012. He ensured that representatives of all areas of the equine sphere were made welcome to the Forum and that topics of general interest and concern could be discussed openly and without rancour. His aim was to allow the equine world to consider and then speak with a coordinated voice on matters of the moment. The award was introduced in 2013, in his memory. 

The award is presented annually to an outstanding and as yet unrecognised individual or organisation that has made an important contribution to the equestrian world. The three nominees for the 2017 award were fire and rescue expert Jim Green, side-saddle authority Maureen James and equine veterinary nurse Bonny Millar. The winner was Jim Green.
Photos by kind permission of The National Equine Forum and Craig Payne Photography.

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SMS NATIONAL SADDLERY COMPETITION

The Society of Master Saddlers held its annual saddlery competition on Tuesday the 7th of February 2017, at Saddlers' Hall, London. Class 11 was a Side Saddle made on a new tree or completely refurbished old tree, to include the stirrup leather (no iron) . the criteria was that it must be all leather with a serge panel or Wickham pad and must be the sole work of the entrant. Entries were judged on quality of craftsmanship and suitability for purpose. There were six entries and the top three  placings were as follows: 1st prize Sue Slade, 2nd Helen Reader and 3rd Coralie Chung and the SSA trophy went to Sue Slade. Congratulations to Sue on her win and to the other placed competitors too, all of the top three are Side Saddle Association Members.

CHRISTMAS CAROL HUNT RIDE

Photo Courtesy of Dr Susan Hills

Area 19 Members Gill and Danny Greenwood joined their local hunt just before Christmas for A Christmas Carol Ride. The ride was for 3 hours around the Staintondale country and raised over £400 for the air ambulance.

Hunting on Boxing Day

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Area 19 members Gill Greenwood , her son Danny and fellow member Penny Sarginson went to the Boxing Day meet at Malton with the Middleton Hunt.

SSA Area 8 New Year's Party

The social event included a  film show by Belinda Wilkins showing side saddle activities in the area, this year the theme was newcomers, juniors and hunting. In addition Rayna Matthew's gave a talk on the 'Magic of Costume'  which was amazing. Please click here for more information.

SIDE SADDLE DASHES

Both the Bicester & Whaddon Chase and Southdown & Eridge Point to points are holding Side Saddle Dashes this year. For more information see the Events Diary.

KEEP THE DATE FREE – SSA SOCIAL EVENT 2017

A Dinner Dance is to be held on Saturday 7th October 2017 at Ullesthorpe Court Hotel, Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire. Further details will be circulated in due course.

SAFETY HATS FOR 2017

Correctly secured Skull Caps/Riding Hats that meet one of the following Current Safety Standards MUST be worn by all Junior Riders and Adults where indicated in the competition rules: All PAS 015; VG1; ASTM F1163 04a onwards; SNELL E2001; AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards. In addition the new BS/EN standard will be allowed, once approved with the finalised number being advised in due course. Please note that from the 1st January 2017 the list of standards no longer includes BS/EN1384: 1996 or 2012 (or prior year suffix).  The new European standard will be allowed once finalised and will be advised in due course.

S.S.A. PRESIDENT SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN AWARD

The Side Saddle Association President Mrs Maureen James has been shortlisted as one of the final three for the Sir Colin Spedding Award 2017.

The winner will be announced at the British Equine Forum in London on March 2nd.The Side Saddle Association are very proud that Maureen's achievements over many years have been recognised in this way and wish her luck at the presentation next March.

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Front Cover Fame

Area 6 Member and Junior Novice and Young Rider Champion 2015, Seren James, has now achieved fame on the cover of Horse and Hound dated November 24th 2016 www.horseandhound.co.uk

Shown astride on her new pony Zebedee, they are taking a hedge when out with the South Pembrokeshire.  Zebedee is clearly aptly named and was bred by Seren’s Grandmother, Val Rees, who is a long standing SSA member.”
 
Seren is pictured right on her way to victory in the Junior Novice and Young Rider Championship. 2015 (Photo courtesy of Emmpix)

Haddon Training

Haddon Training is an Ofsted Grade 1 “Outstanding” training provider that deliver 100% work-based Horse Care Apprenticeships at Level 2 and 3. The apprenticeships are fully Government funded educational programmes for 16-23 year olds who meet the eligibility criteria. For employers, Apprenticeships are a great way to train your staff to your standards! Depending on your location, you could be eligible to apply for Government AGE Grant of up to £2,000 to help you employ an Apprentice. For further information, please click here.

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International Side Saddle Show & Polish Championship

The Polish Side Saddle Championships combined with an International Side Saddle Competition took place on the 1st and 2nd of October in Lewada Zakrzów. Side-saddle riding in Poland has been growing in numbers over the last decade, and 24 riders from three countries ( Great Britain, Czech Republic and Poland)  took part in the event. The two-day competition consisted of 16 tests . 

Virginia Bulawa – Dziarmaga  Polish Jumping Champion (left) and Aleksandra Adamczyk Polish Dressage Champion (photo Rozalia Bachula)

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Visit to The Museum of The Horse

Sixteen members and guests visited the Museum of the Horse and Sally Mitchell Gallery at Tuxford in Nottinghamshire  on Sunday 9th October 2016.

A private tour of the museum with the founder, Sally Mitchell, was greatly enjoyed by all. The tour was both very informative and interesting and time sped by. At the end of the tour the party moved next door to the Chilli Petals Café  where they enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea.

AUSTRALIA – Wendy Tidbold "the last of their kind"

Wendy Tidbold, one of the SSA’s Worldwide Contacts from the Queensland Side Saddle Interest Group has recently featured in an article in the Australian Women’s Weekly titled The Last of Their Kind. The article focuses on Wendy’s work as a saddler. Click here to find out more.

HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW – LADIES SIDE SADDLE HORSE OF THE YEAR CHAMPIONSHIP

Congratulations to Esther Rostron, the 2016 Side Saddle Rider of the Year who was second in the Ladies Side Saddle Horse of the Year Championship. Esther was riding Seabourne Silent Valley owned by Mr Garry Merton. The class was won by Jayne Ross riding Hello Dolly.

2016 Total Impact Ladies Show Horse Championship

Congratulations to Georgina Steele from Area 8 who won the 2016 Total Impact Ladies Show Horse Championship riding Colbeach Mark of Distinction.

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FREE SPIRIT HORSE MEMORIAL APPEAL

The 24th July 2016 saw A side saddle display in support of The Free Spirit Horse Memorial Appeal (FSHM). The event was sponsored by Laura Dempsey, a master saddler and maker of side saddles. The display consisted of three superbly presented horses and their riders:  Rachael Barker, Kirsty Heathcote and Amanda Chatfield with commentary provided by Lottie Parkin.

The team provided a hugely enjoyable and informative display. Also present on the day were Ambassador Tiffany to Miss Lichfield, Councillor David Salter and Peter Armitage from Royal Mail. A cheque for £2,000 was donated by Caldecott Riding School and Laura Evans. Laura wanted to fund raise in memory of a beloved Pony ‘Jack’ from Caldecott riding school who sadly had to be put to sleep earlier this year. Laura completed a sponsored jump and individually raised £250. Laura said ‘Just knowing a horse is life changing, we need to remember their lives’. ‘Horses mean the world to me and need to be remembered’. Many thanks to those who supported the event; we raised a further £1075 towards the FSHM.

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WANTED: National Side Saddle Show Organiser

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The 2016 Side Saddle Riders of the Year

For many Members, the Side Saddle Rider of the Year Title, achieved by qualifying throughout the year and competing in the relevant classes at the National Side Saddle Show is the ultimate aim and pinnacle of their season.

Congratulations to the following 2016 Side Saddle Riders of the Year:

The Adult Side Saddle Rider of the Year – Esther Rostron riding Mrs J Birkby's Kyano
Reserve Adult Side Saddle Rider of the Year - Lauren Allin riding Mrs Hazel Allin's Ashton Flight
3rd – Carolyn Walters
4th – Chloe Gunn

The Adult Amateur Champion - Esther Rostron

The Horse of the Year - Kyano

The Adult Intermediate Side Saddle Rider of the Year – Amelia Bevan riding her own Rougemont.
Reserve – Laura Gray

The Adult Novice Side Saddle Rider of the Year – Rachael Forkings riding her own Parry Lad
Reserve – Pippa Booth

The Junior Open Side Saddle Rider of the Year – Mary Goodridge riding Ms A Torode's Waverhead Ted
Reserve – Ellie Ironmonger

The Junior Novice & Junior Novice Young Rider Side Saddle Rider of the Year – Violet Barton riding Mrs J Barton's My Last Bob
Reserve   - Harriett Birkby

Saddlers Side Saddle Fitting Training Workshop 19th September 2016

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Area 9 Grade Test/ Exam Day

Please note the Area 9 Grade test/Exam day set for 19th August 2016 has been cancelled, it is hoped it can be rescheduled next year.

Area 5 – Take part in the "Park Life At Compton Verney Weekend

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Area 5 were honoured to be asked to put on a display at the beautiful Compton Verney in Warwickshire on 25th June 2016. Compton Verney is an independent national art gallery and a 120 acre 'Capability' Brown landscape located nine miles from Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Social Event at The Museum of The Horse

You are invited to join us at an Autumn Social Event On: Sunday 9th October 2016 commencing at 1.30pm At: The Museum of The Horse/Sally Mitchell Gallery, Market Place, Tuxford, Nottinghamshire NG22 0LA.

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Area 4 News

Area 4 were blessed with near perfect weather at their recent annual Summer Show and Garden Party where a surprise presentation was made to the S.S.A. President Mrs. R. N. James.

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Good luck to the British Team

Good luck to the British Team who will be competing at EUROP' AMAZONES 2016, the International French Side Saddle Show on 18th and 19th June. The team comprises of Claire Lewis, Sarah Hislam, Paula Keeley, Julia Izzard, Kathleen Botting, Rachel Lambert and for her first time Junior Member Lily Williams-Musitano.

Area 5 Flying the Flag

Area 5 had an action packed PR programme for the first weekend in June. Friday night, 3rd June, saw a display with six riders and horses/ponies for the newly formed Milton Keynes Riding Club, Saturday saw five different riders  displaying at the Kenilworth Show in two separate displays in the Main Arena and then three riders from the Friday night display were joined by three Members from Area 12, to give a display in the Main Arena at The Rutland County Show and then later in a smaller arena.

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SSA Member Jane Bird wins veteran section at Hertfordshire County Show

Jane Bird of Area 5 rode her horse Norman Jennings (aka Storm) side saddle in the Veteran Classes at the recent Hertfordshire Show. Storm  came first in his age group and second in the Championship Senior Horse.

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Finish Line: Area 12 Are Tough Mudders!

Five Committee Members from Area 12 (Zoe Bateson, Sally McKenna, Mary Tonks, Kerry Harrison and Alex Molesworth St Aubyn) and a friend called Adam! took part in the "Tough Mudder Half" at Belvoir Castle on 14th May 2016 to raise funds for Area 12.

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National & Regional Side Saddle News & Reports


The German Side Saddle Derby, Aachen, 2016

The German Side Saddle Derby tentatively planned for September 2016 has been postponed to 2017. Further information will follow in due course.

SSA Show Affiliation Officer Required

The Side Saddle Association is seeking a Show Affiliation Officer to commence duties on 1st October 2016

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SSA Area 5 Judges & Instructors Seminar

On Saturday 16th April Area 5 held a Judges and Instructors Seminar at Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire. The focus of the Seminar was an interactive day looking at how the rider can affect the side saddle and how the side saddle affects the horse and the rider depending on its fitting.

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SSA News

On Saturday 23rd April 2016 Side Saddle Association Members Bruce Langley-McKim (Area12) and Victoria Nicholls (Area 5) took part in the foxhunter section of the new Silver Spur Hunt Race

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SSA Area 4

Area 4 have had an active start to the 2016 season with a St George’s Day Tea Party to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday,  a Clinic plus a Teach-In and Qualifier with lots more events planned.

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SSA Members Lead in The Winner of the Topham Chase at Aintree

Morgan Schive from Area 8 and Amy Bryan-Dowell from Area 11,led in the Topham Chase winner Eastlake, ridden by Barry Geraghty on the Thursday of the recent Grand National meeting.

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Area 11: The Grand National Horse Catching Team

Area 11 was proud to be invited as horse catchers at the three day Grand National Meeting at Aintree culminating with the great race itself on 9th April.

They are left to right Gemma Mullin, Chloe Edgar, Simon Grimble (Chloe's partner), Charlie Allen Amy Bryan-Dowell and Shirley Oultram. Charlie's horse, Harry is 25 and was retired after he had finished his duties for the Grand National.

Area 12 Summer Show 29th May 2016

£100 to Supreme of Show – click here for more information

SSA 41st AGM

The 41st AGM was held on Sunday 20th March at Hogarths Hotel, Solihull by kind permission of Mrs Helena Hogarth. 103 Members and friends attended the event comprising of 84 Full Members, 6 Juniors and 13 Visitors with 71 sitting down for lunch. Please click here for more news about the AGM.

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SSA Member at Kildare Hunt Club March 2016

Area 21 member Robyn Catterall took part in a Performance Hunter Show run by the Kildare Hunt Club. Ten side saddle riders took part in the class. Robyn was 5th riding Ballytoher Sabrina. The course consisted of 12 hunting obstacles including hedges, ditches, walls, wire and gates up to 1m.

THE NATIONAL EQUINE FORUM 2016

The National Equine Forum (NEF) is held annually and is the only event of its kind in the UK to bring all sectors of the equine industry together under one roof to discuss topical and controversial issues. This year the Side Saddle Association was represented by Janet Senior, Chairman, Sally Lane, Hon. General Secretary and Angela Wells, Chairman Area 8.

The forum is recognised in the horse world as an outstanding opportunity for networking with the leaders of the industry. It included an audience of invited members of the key disciplines and interests in equestrianism, and this year was attended by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal and a Government Minister. The Side Saddle Association delegates were invited to be presented to Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal along with other select groups.

The aim of the National Equine Forum is to inform, educate and help the industry to speak with the united strength of one voice on topical matters affecting the current and future management and wellbeing of the horse. Principal vets, welfare officials and equestrian industry experts were under the spotlight to discuss equine health, welfare, legislation, behaviour, competition and veterinary science.

The programme was educational and thought provoking and included a Chief Veterinary Officer Panel Discussion, an update on EU Animal Health Regulations and a presentation on Behaviour in all Working Equids. In the lively topical spots amongst others Celia Marr, Chair of the Horserace Betting Levy Board Veterinary Advisory Committee and editor of the Equine Veterinary Journal explained why God helps those who help themselves, Tony Tyler, Deputy Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare spoke on Just a Matter of Proportion, Prof Derek Knottenbelt presented Always Consult the Professional and Natasha Adkinson, International Para Dressage Athlete talked about Tweeting for Tokyo.

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The Society of Master Saddlers Annual Saddlers' Competition

The Society of Master Saddlers Annual Saddlers' Competition was held on Monday 8th February 8th 2016.This year the S.S.A. was represented by Vice President, Elizabeth Turner. Please click here for more news about the event.

Area 12 taking to the mud to fund raise!

On May 14th 2016 at Belvoir Castle five brave Area 12 committee members and one member will take on the Tough Mudder course, this unique challenge will test them to the limit! All sponsorship and donations will be welcome. Please click here for more information.

Area 5 Members out on foot!

Area 5 held their annual "On Foot" Rally on Sunday 7th February 2016. To learn more about this event please click here

SSA MEMBER PROMOTES SIDE SADDLE RIDING IN JAPAN

Rieko Kikegawa, a Life Member of the Side Saddle Association since 1994 recently took part in a Side Saddle Demonstration to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Niigata racecourse.

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PRACTICAL BAGS TO MEET YOUR SHOPPING AND STORAGE NEEDS

We have available Jute Shopping Bags with the SSA Logo on, great value at £8.00 inc P&P.
The Stirrup/ Kit Bags are still available at £7.20 inc P&P
There are a few Side Saddle International Celebration Weekend DVD's left at a special offer price of &8.50 inc P&P, this is the last chance to  have your own copy of the action packed activities at Aintree as the DVD is a limited edition and no more will be produced. For multiple quantities please contact the Hon. Gen Secretary for P&P prices

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All proceeds to the SSA. Click here to Download an Order Form or contact the Hon. General Secretary

DIANAS OF THE CHASE CUP 2015

The Dianas of the Chase side saddle cross country race was held for the third time on 29th November at Ingarsby Hall, Leicestershire.

The race was won by Millie Stewart-Wood; however the Side Saddle Association was well represented in the field of fourteen who tackled a challenging course of 14 fences across two miles of prime Quorn hunting country.

Four S.S.A. Members finished in the top six and our congratulations go to Pippa Booth (Area 5) who finished 3rd, Beth Jacomb (Area 4) 4th, Laura Elliott (Area 5) 5th and Sarah Byrne (Area 10) 6th. Congratulations to Sarah Byrne who also won the best turned-out rider sponsored by The Old Hunting Habit.

CHARITY SIDE SADDLE RACE

Wincanton Racecourse hosted the historic first side saddle race at a Jockey Club Racecourse in a charity partnership with the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust and the "Dianas of the Chase" race series on Sunday 25th October 2015. Click here to Download

Congratulations to Laura Dempsey

Congratulations to Laura Dempsey, Area 5 member and Side Saddle Specialist on her appointment as President of The Society of Master Saddlers.

The Horse of The Year Show 2015

Several Side Saddle Association Members competed in the Ladies Side Saddle Horse of the Year Championship at The Horse of The Year Show with Area 4 Member Amelia Bevan scooping 4th place.

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Saddlers Workshop

The Side Saddle Association hosted a Saddlers Side Saddle Fitting Training Workshop on Monday 28th September 2015 at Moreton Morrell College and Pittern Hill Stables in Warwickshire.

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Hunting Corner

We have introduced a new section called the "Hunting Corner" to the members Only page. The new section will feature information about forthcoming side saddle meets, hunting reports and other hunting related news. To keep the page current and interesting please send your hunting news, reports, stories, photos and other information to the Hon. General secretary.

BSHA Total Impact Equestrian Ladies Show Horse Championship

The BSHA Ladies Show Horse Championship was held at the British Show Horse Association Championship Show at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre from 11th to 13th September 2015. Congratulations to Georgina Steele who was the highest placed SSA Member. The top placings were:
First - Hallmark ridden by Fay Ludlow
Second - Courtland Royal Fair ridden by Michelle Underwood
Third - Colbeach Mark of Distinction ridden by Georgina Steele

Display at The Munnings Museum

Area 4 were invited to give a display to support a special exhibition at The Munnings Museum at Dedham, Colchester.
The exhibition was about Lady Munnings, wife of the artist, which featured photographs and paintings of her on horseback.
The Museum wanted to add something more to the visitor experience and the display led by Clare Simper was enjoyed by the visitors to the event.

Saddlers Side Saddle Fitting Training Workshop

The Side Saddle Association invite you to a Saddlers Side Saddle Fitting Training Workshop on Monday 28th September 2015 to be held at Moreton Morrell College Moreton Morrell Warwick Warwickshire CV35 9BL (Sat Nav postcode: CV35 9BP)

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Opening Ceremony of the European Championships at Aachen

Members of the Side Saddle Association took part in the Opening Ceremony of the European Championships at Aachen on Tuesday 11th August 2015. Looking a picture of grace and elegance the riders did the Side Association proud, well done to them all. More news and pictures to follow.

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Area 14

Area 14 recently provided a display at Berrington Hall – click here to find out more.

SSA Member Georgina Hulme wins Reserve Supreme Champion

Side Saddle Association Member Georgina Hulme wins Reserve Supreme Champion at the recent National Palomino Society Show.

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Ragwort

Your help is needed again! The British Horse Society launch Ragwort Awareness for 2015 on Tuesday 7 July 2015 to coincide with the current growing season. Click here for more information

Turnout

Please note that point 1.13 of the Equitation Class Turnout reference jewellery applies to ALL Side Saddle Association Classes.

Riding Sideways at British Dressage Team Quest

On 13th June 2015, four intrepid ladies entered the British Dressage Team Quest Competition at The College of West Anglia Cambridge Campus. Click here to find out more

International Side Saddle Weekend 2015

Click here for news from the International Side Saddle Weekend held at Aintree

SSA AGM 2015

The 40th Annual General Meeting of The Side Saddle Association was held on Sunday 22nd March 2015 at Hogarths Hotel, Solihull by kind permission of Mrs Helena Hogarth. 100 Members and their guests were present.

After the meeting National Show Trophies were presented along with The Ralph James Memorial Trophy which was awarded to Caroline Steggles, pictured below receiving the trophy from President, Maureen James.

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The 40th Annual General Meeting of The Side Saddle Association was held on Sunday 22nd March 2015 at Hogarths Hotel, Solihull by kind permission of Mrs Helena Hogarth. 100 Members and their guests were present.
After the meeting National Show Trophies were presented along with The Ralph James Memorial Trophy which was awarded to Caroline Steggles, pictured below receiving the trophy from President, Maureen James.

The Billette Mackie Scholarship was awarded (in abstentia) to Kim Johnson and Sponsor Phyllie Robertson of “Side Saddles” presented awards to the Performance Points Winners.

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Pictured above left is the array of awards for the Performance Points winners and right with Gillian Greenwood and Phyllie Robertson is Samantha Wilson receiving the Supreme Championship for points won by her horse Nirvana Tywysog.

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A presentation was also made to retiring Vice-Chairman Yvonne Huber.

Following lunch a Question & Answer session was held which enabled the Members to ask questions about a wide variety of topics which resulted in an interesting and information exchange.

SSA Trophy Steward

The SSA are seeking a Trophy Steward to manage the Association's Trophies awarded at the National Side Saddle Show, please click here for more information

SSA Members off to Aachen

Flying the flag for The Side Saddle Association are Members Caroline Wilkins, Lauren Allen, Hazel Allen, Claire Lewis, Chloe Gunn, Samantha Boxall and Robyn Catterall, who are off to take part in a Side Saddle Display at the FEI European Championships Opening Ceremony in Aachen on 11th August 2015. They will be joined by Heidi de Ruyver (Belgium), Susan Oakes ( Ireland) and Rebecca Holland (UK). Up to 50,00 spectators are expected for what will be a spectacular ceremony with a focus on the history of Horseshows in Aachen which included side saddle classes in the 1920's and 30's.

The 2014 Performance Points Winners

The 2014 Performance Points Winners have been announced, congratulations to Supreme Champion Samantha Wilson riding Nirvana Tywysog click here for more results

Congratulations to Clare Barnett

Clare Barnett, Area 10 member wins Side Saddle Competition at The Society of Master Saddlers, National Saddlery Competition - click here for more information

The London New Year Parade 2015

Being involved with the Side Saddle Association for well over 15 years has enriched my life, provided new experiences, gained friends and also a pair of godsons. However, this new year was probably my most surreal side saddle experience yet.

I can’t quite remember exactly when (or indeed if) I actually said yes, but something must have been agreed, as I found myself heading down to London at the end of December. Kirsty is one of those friends that makes up her mind to do something, and then does it. Often though this doesn’t just involve her, and it invariably sees me involved with some sort of grooming/towing/childcare activity at random locations throughout the country along with Galloglass an 18hh shire/tb cross.

Galloglass (or Big Gee) belongs to husband Mark, but was purloined several years ago when Kirsty decided that she was going to learn to ride side saddle. Since then he has taken part in many shows and events. Having reached the grand old age of 20 years, Kirsty decided to retire him after the 2014 National Championships.  This however has led to a string of bucket list/swan song retirement activities for the pair which I am sure will extend well into 2015 (and probably beyond).
The latest retirement activity was to take part in the London New Years Day parade. Until last September, I wasn’t even aware that this existed, or what it involved, but thanks to Kathleen Botting, Kirsty got wind of it, and we were soon booked to participate! The section which we were part of was organised by Caroline Marsh, and featured the All The Queens Horses Team.

Disaster nearly struck when the gear box went on the Discovery, but thanks to Rachael Barker and the loan of “Thomas” we were able to make our rendezvous of 9am on New Years Day at Stratton Street right outside the Mayfair Hotel. Due to being parked nose to ramp, it was virtually impossible to unload until you absolutely had to, as there was no way to get your horse back unless you had a side ramp. Luckily Big Gee is a very biddable character, and stood like a rock whilst we dismantled the partitions in the trailer so we had room to get him plaited and spruced up.

The LNYDP features a myriad of participants, from horse and rider, Mods and scooters, to vintage steam vehicles. These appear making their way through the streets of London in between marching bands from all over Europe and the USA. The video links that we had been sent explaining the format, and what was involved absolutely did not prepare you for the atmosphere and the noise when the marching bands started warming up. The sound rolling between the high rise buildings, echoing down the street into the trailer was unbelievable, particularly when they started drumming. Gee raised his head and flicked his ears, but otherwise was quite unperturbed.

After a briefing we were asked to have our horse and rider ready for 11.30. After taking him for a walk up and down the street so he could have a good look around, we started to tack up. Just before 12 All The Queens Horses team were assembled and ready to go. The horses were absolutely brilliant, apart from a couple skitting around at the very start; it was amazing to see how unfazed they were. Kirsty was lucky enough to be paired up with Kirsty Austin, who was dressed in a beautiful costume habit, and whose horse was equally as settled as Big Gee.

The parade took us down Mayfair, past The Ritz Hotel, alongside Trafalgar Square, down Whitehall, past Downing Street and into Parliament Square. Of course, we didn’t see most of this, or really appreciate where we were, as the streets were lined with crowds of people, cheering and waving flags and you couldn’t see much of the landmarks. After reaching Parliament Square, we split up from the main parade, and took a right hand turn and rode down to Horse Guards. This gave us a fantastic opportunity to have photographs taken in front of an amazing backdrop. The area is completely open, and it wasn’t long before we were being swamped by foreign tourists wanting photographs alongside the horses. Big Gee very quickly realised that these were not “horse” people and had great fun giving a huge snort just as the photographer was pressing the button, and watching people flee in terror.

After a short break, the ride made its way up the Mall, for another photo call outside the gates of Buckingham Palace, before a canter up the sand track alongside Green Park. Being one of the first groups to go, the parade was still taking place as we made our way back to the trailer, two hours after we had set off.

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What an amazing opportunity to take part in something really very different, create some fantastic memories and meet more lovely people. A truly fantastic day, and if you have the sort of horse that would cope with it, something that I recommend you consider doing. Thank you to Caroline Marsh, Kathleen Botting, Sophie Brown, Kirsty Austin, Rachael Barker and everybody else involved!

It looks like Galloglass may have the longest build up to retirement ever, as a certain somebody has been looking up hotels for this year!

Lottie Parkin. Area 5.


Ladies Side Saddle Horse of the Year Posted: December 2014

The Ladies Side Saddle Horse of the Year is replacing the Ladies Hunter class. The final of this new class will be held at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show. The class will be open to Hacks, Cobs, Maxi Cobs and Riding Horses, as well as Hunters, registered with the British Show Horse Association, ridden side saddle by a lady.

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The aim of this new class is to encourage greater participation in the class and to make it appeal to a wider audience. The Championship and its qualifiers will remain under the administration of the British Show Horse Association, and horses will be judged according to their type, conformation, manners and their suitability to be ridden side saddle.

If you have a Hack, Cob, Maxi Cob, Riding Horse or Hunter and want to take part in this new and exciting class check out the British Show Horse Association website britishshowhorse.org/ for more information or the Horse of the Year Show website www.hoys.co.uk A qualifier for this class will be held at the National Side Saddle Show at Addington Manor on Saturday the 1st August.


Atherstone Hunt Meet Posted: December 2014

The Atherstone Hunt kindly hosted a Side Saddle Meet at Ibstock on Saturday 13th December 2014. After a cold, crisp start a bright sunny day developed and a good field including two intrepid side saddle riders were in attendance. A good day ensued with the field on the move and getting plenty of jumping. It is hoped that this will be an annual event and more side saddle riders will join the field next season for an action filled day.

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Thank you to Mick Smith and family for the photos.


New Sponsors for BSHA Side Saddle Championship Posted: November 2014

Started in 2013 with the aim of furthering the showing of Hacks, Cobs and Riding Horses side saddle, by increasing the awareness and appreciation of side saddle show production in both our own Association and the Side Saddle Association this championship, originally sponsored by iPura, has gone from strength to strength with over 30 SSA qualifying classes, alongside those run by the BSHA.  The BSHA is delighted to announce that Sara Egan of Total Impact Equestrian has taken on the sponsorship for 2015.

Sara Egan and her partner Andrew van Oostrum who is senior master of the Staff College & Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Drag Hunt began their online business Total Impact Equestrian in 2012 catering for the show and sport horse competitor, and including a bespoke range of tack designed exclusively by Jayne Ross in the best English leather for the show ring. Many a professional and amateur alike are to be seen in the ring with the custom Hunter/Cob bridle adorning their horse. 

The business has grown roots this year by opening a shop in a beautiful rustic converted stable in the village of Eversley in Hampshire, with a full range of show products from Top Hats to Tack Lockers, Shampoo to Show Rugs, all available in store and on line. The shop also sports a lovely ‘preloved’ department where you can find smart boots, jackets and other show/hunting wear.

Sara herself is no stranger to the show ring, having shown Hacks and Riding Horses, M&Ms and Sport horses to County Level, and is the proud owner of former HOYS Supreme The Philanderer on whom she now hunts and does dressage. She previously worked for Guy Landau and Carol Bardo before opening her own livery yard and the show and sport horse kit business so is well placed to know what’s hot and what’s not in the ring.

Sara and Andrew have a three year old daughter who shows and hunts her section A on the lead rein and is very keen to contest the show pony classes next year. Andrew is already on the lookout for a tiny side saddle!

Sara says 'we are really excited about having the opportunity to put something back into the sport we love. Good luck to everyone competing and we look forward to seeing you all at the BSHA Championships which is our favourite show'


Side Saddle Riders In The Hunting Field Posted: November 2014

15 side saddle riders, pictured below at the meet, graced the field at the Cheshire Forest meet on Saturday 15th November 2015.

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Thank you to Sally Nicholson for the photo.

Over 20 riders riding aside added to the elegance of the Quorn Opening meet on Friday 24th October 2014. Pictured below is part of the photo call line up from the meet.

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Thank you to Lydia Robinson for the photo


Your Horse Live Posted: November 2014

The Side Saddle Association took their stand to the Your Horse Live Event at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on the 8th & 9th November 2014.

The activity was headed by Shirley Oultram and Cath Marchbank who set up the stand and stayed for the duration of the event. Alongside Shirley and Cath the stand was manned with a support team comprising of Jackie Banks, Claire Brown, Katy Downing, Lisa Lane and Sally Lane

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The Association attracted a lot of interest with well over 300 people visiting the stand with many expressing an interest in taking up the art of Side Saddle riding and joining the Association.

Thank you to everyone on the stand who worked so hard in making the event such a success by being so welcoming and helpful to the visitors and so creating a positive profile for the Side Saddle Association.


Saddlers Forum Posted: November 2014

The Side Saddle Association recently hosted a Saddlers Forum to bring together interested parties to discuss the challenges facing the ongoing development and participation in the elegant art of side saddle riding.

The forum was attended by SSA Officers, Specialist Side Saddle Saddlers and Suppliers. All were in agreement that there is a growing interest in side saddle riding and therefore an increased demand for saddles. More saddles are needed and while Members have a passion for the old, traditional saddles there is a growing market for new saddles.

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An exciting development is the production of a new side saddle tree by Vale Brothers Limited in conjunction with Rob Jenkins. The Saddlers in attendance were excited by this development and are looking forward to making saddles using the new tree. Additionally the Saddlers wanted to work more with the Side Saddle Association to learn the rider perspective especially in relation to the fitting and balancing of saddles and it was agreed that the SSA will look at setting up some Saddle Fitting Training Days. Other ideas to promote the use of new saddles and to develop a stronger partnership between the SSA, Saddlers and Suppliers were discussed and other initiatives will develop across the coming months and a meeting with Saddlers will continue on at least an annual basis.

The forum was a positive event concluding with a pledge from the SSA, Saddlers and Suppliers to work together so the preservation, promotion, safety, horse welfare and ongoing development of side saddle riding could be ensured.


Honorary Newsletter Editor Posted: November 2014

The Side Saddle Association is pleased to announce that Louise Graham, a Member of Area 12, has taken on the role of Honorary Newsletter Editor. Louise has been a long term supporter of the Association and as well as being an active competitor she is also on the Association Judges' Panel. Louise is Editor of the Equestrian Life Magazine and we look forward to her using her knowledge and expertise to produce an interactive and engaging newsletter for our Members. Details of the next editorial dates will be circulated soon, however in the meantime if you have any articles that you would like to put forward for the next edition Louise's contact details are:

The Rosary, Syerston, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5NE. Tel: 01636 525341. Email: l.v.graham@btinternet.com

Finally we would like to take this opportunity to thank Sophie Campion, the retiring Honorary Newsletter Editor, for all her hard work during her time in the Editor's seat.


Claire Brown shares the experiences of the SSA Members who recently rode at Aachen Posted: October 2014

In October, myself and five other very enthusiastic SSA Members made the journey to Aachen, Germany to compete at the German Side Saddle Championships. The Deutsches Damensattel Derby is held in the incredible Albert Valle Halle in Aachen. The FEI European Championships are being held in Aachen next year so you can imagine how amazing the facilities are!

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We were made to feel very welcome by Show Director Bettina Keil; and Nadine Hengen was brilliant sorting out all the International riders. Eleven nations were in attendance which just goes to show how strong the side saddle revival is. Myself and Caroline Wilkins took our own horses whilst Ester Turner, Paula Keeley, Kelle King and Sylvia Kolodziej borrowed horses.

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Phyllie Robertson brought along the "Side Saddles" trade stand which caused a lot of interest and was a great place for us British ladies to congregate!

The classes were mainly dressage, dressage to music, dressage to music with costume and both costume and classic concours d'elegance. Most classes had either two or three judges and they included Liz Turner who had travelled over from Cornwall. There were also some historic cavalry renactments in between the side saddle classes which the audience thoroughly enjoyed!

I can most definitely recommend a visit to Aachen. It is amazing to ride at such a beautiful place with a very special atmosphere. The German team were great and nothing was too much trouble to ensure their overseas guests had an enjoyable time. The Riders Night Dinner on Saturday evening was a lovely touch with great food, it was buzzing with the talk of side saddle and the day's competition. I can't thank our hosts enough for this amazing experience and we are thoroughly looking forward to next time!

Claire Brown – Joint Chairman Area 14.

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Sealed Bid Auction for Stallion Nominations Posted: October 2014

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Is there a Side Saddle in your Attic? Posted: October 2014

To ensure the continuation of side saddle riding more side saddles are desperately needed. Do you have, or know of, any side saddles not currently in use, or simply left lying around in your attic, tack room, barn or garage?

The Side Saddle Association is proud of its achievements in ensuring that the elegant art of side saddle has been sustained and developed into the 21st century, and will continue to promote the dignity and versatility of side saddle riding to a wide audience. The Association remains the leader in the art of side saddle riding in the UK, and indeed worldwide; to maintain that status, an ongoing supply of side saddles for our members is of paramount importance.

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The aim of the Association is to uphold the tradition of side saddle riding, not only for the next generation but for generations to come. We must protect our heritage; but without side saddles we do not have a future.

The Association fully appreciates and understands that Granny's/Great Aunt's side saddle may be a treasured possession or is of sentimental value, but if it is not being used, perhaps you would consider bequeathing, leasing or selling it to one of our Areas or an individual member? Our members are prepared to pay a fair price and will unreservedly cherish and take pride in using and/or owning it, so please don't be afraid to entrust your valued side saddle to the next generation!

If you have a side saddle and want to contribute to the survival of this wonderful and elegant art of riding, then do not hesitate to contact the Association:

Ms Sally Lane, Hon. General Secretary, The Side Saddle Association. Tel: 01455 208345 Mobile: 07442 504071
Email: secretary@sidesaddleassociation.co.uk

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