Download the 2015 membership forms here 2015-MEMBERSHIP-FORM-Side-Saddle-Association
Great Gift Idea’ A voucher for 2015 membership and a place on a training clinic with side saddle provided.
Paulank Tinkerbell is a fabulous show hunter pony. She Is always in the ribbons. She is a welsh section B pony. She was 5th in the RDS first ridden 2012, was in the side saddle display at the RDS 2013 and was 3rd in the junior side saddle class 2014. She is a fabulous little hunter and has hunted with the wicklows and the wexfords out on the biggest days of the season. She is bombproof. Very sad sale as rider has outgrown. Please call Valerie on 0862026291.
5th July: Killusty Pony Show 5th July Junior Side saddle
6th July: Stradbally Family Fayre (Hound Show) Side saddle versatility class for juniors and
Dungarvan Show are holding two side saddle classes at their annual show on Thursday 24th July. A senior ladies and a junior side saddle class.
For details contact secretary, Sharon Mulcahy on 087 6023993.
Please use this form to keep a record of your winnings
Side Saddle classes 2014
1st June Mullingar Horse show, 044 9348331
8th June: Ballivor Horse Show, Meath
***RDS QUALIFIER*** 0872626444
14th June: Cork Summer Show
Junior Side Saddle
15th June: Cork Summer Show
Ladies Side Saddle
15th June: Galway Co Show, Galway Racecourse
***RDS QUALIFIER*** 0876357790
21st June: Gorey Ag Show Wexford
***RDS QUALIFIER*** 0872187802
21ST June: Lisburn & Saintfield District Show, Balmoral Park
***RDS QUALIFIER*** 0044 7821588390
28TH June: Equifest, Cavan Equestrian Centre
086 2288961, www.equifestival.com, various side saddle classes including:
****Royal International Horse Show ‘Ladies Hunter’ Qualifier****
6th July: Clonmel Show, Tipperary
14th July: Ardrahan Show, Galway
26th/27th July Tattersalls, Ratoath
27th July: Ossory Show, Co. Laois
Side Saddle Riding has a long history on what to wear and how to wear it, below are a few guidelines for how to show both rider and horse.
Bowler hats are usually back and can be worn with any colour of habit. The only other colour, which is acceptable, is brown and then only with a brown or tweed habit and only if worn with brown boots.
In the show-ring in the UK, whatever the class, if a bowler hat is worn, it must be with collar and tie, and hair in a bun, even if this means using a false bun. Silk hats (always referred to as a ‘silk hat’ never a ‘top hat’) are for formal occasions only, and this means that the whole turnout of you and your horse must be formal. Your habit should be back or navy, you should wear a white or cream stock and a spur, and your horse should be plaited and in a double bridle. Although, the old rule that silk hats would only be worn at Royal Shows has been relaxed, they are still only worn after lunch. If you are showing, do check the rules as many shows now insist that competitors in all classes must wear British Standard safety hats with a harness.
Traditionally minded judges do not approve of short dressage toppers for side-saddle. Silk hats should be no shorter than 4.75 inches or taller than 5.25 inches, depending on the height of the rider and overall picture on the horse. The hat should sit just above eyebrows and be straight and level to the ground when mounted.
A plain cream four-fold silk stock and plain white stock shirt should be worn with a silk hat, which should be tied tight enough to stay in place, but still be comfortable, and secured by a plain stock pin placed just under the knot when tied. Cream or yellow gloves should be worn with a silk hat although brown is also acceptable.
When wearing a bowler hat, a black bowler is always considered correct with a black or navy habit and long black boots, a brown bowler can also be worn with a tweed habit and long brown boots. A plain-collared shirt of a muted colour, preferably white or light cream should be worn with a dark tie, tied neatly and tight up to the collar.
Brown gloves should be worn with a bowler hat, well fitted and clean. Black gloves are a major faux pas because traditionally, black gloves signified that you were in mourning and therefore shouldn’t be riding.
Hair should be tied back into a tight, very neat, small doughnut-sized bun, just touching the bottom of the hat. A fine hair net should cover both bun and hair. Riders with short hair should wear a false bun to create the illusion of long hair. There should be absolutely no hair whatsoever escaping from under the hat.
A black veil should be worn with a top hat or black bowler. It is worn crossed over the bun at the back and held in place with hairgrips either side. There should be no creases or wrinkles in the veil. A traditional habit is made up of a waistcoat, jacket and apron.
Habits can be of navy, black or tweed in colour. A light- coloured waistcoat, plain or with light check, should be worn under the habit with the lowest button left undone. The jacket should sit just above the saddle when mounted. It should be straight and have sleeves of a correct length so that when the rider’s arms are stretched, they are not too short.
The apron, which gives the impression of a skirt but in fact only wraps around the front of the rider, should sit straight and level with the ground when mounted. The back of the apron should sit just above the seat of the saddle all around. The length of the apron should sit around one hand on its side above the ankle of the boot.
Underneath the habit, breeches should match the colour of your habit.
Long, well-polished black boots, with a spur on the left boot only, should be worn. It is crucial to clean the underside of your boots, as these are very visible when riding side saddle. A cane is carried in the right hand to act instead of the right leg.
The rider is expected to wear make up under the veil. This should be subtle but enough to define the features of the face. No jewellery whatsoever should be worn.
Traditionally in the hunting field which was a great place to meet a future husband! Unmarried ladies wore a navy habit with a bowler hat, while married ladies wore a black habit with silk hat if they were a subscriber, or a black habit and black bowler for less significant/important meets or while visiting another pack. This rule has now fallen by the way side although some judges still prefer to see a silk hat worn only with a black habit. All of the showing rules originated in turnout for the hunting field.
Your mount should be immaculate with no marks or stains. The horse should be trimmed and plaited and, if needs be, chalked up to brighten white markings. Make up, baby oil and hoof oil can all be used to enhance the appearance of your horse. Tails should be pulled or neatly plaited. Quarter markers can be used and will be different, depending on the size and shape of your horse.
In side saddle classes, horses are generally ridden in a double bridle, although pelhams are acceptable with double reins. All leatherwork should be well-cleaned and oiled, with the bit and visible buckles polished. If you are wearing a silk hat, you should have a double bridle/Pelham with double reins.
However if you a wearing a bowler, double or single reins are acceptable.
A special thank you for Ciara O’Connell, Kalindi Lawrence & Emma Richardson-Steele for providing us with this information. These general comments have been collated with the help of side saddle riding customers; but it is important to note some classes may have specific requirements that vary from the ones listed abov