Dates for your diary

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

086 1960039

 

14th July: Ardrahan Show, Galway

086 0879726

 

26th/27th July Tattersalls, Ratoath

 

27th July: Ossory Show, Co. Laois

087 9975902

Tips about side saddle turnout

 

 

 

 

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.

RIDER TURNOUT

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.

HORSE TURNOUT

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

Side saddle clinic will take place at Stradbally Hall – 17th of May 2014

A side saddle clinic will take place at Stradbally Hall by kind permission of the Cosby Family on Saturday the 17th of May 2014. The clinic will cater for all levels of side saddle riders from complete beginners ‘having a go’, to general instruction or specialised lessons for those wishing to attend the RDS Side Saddle qualifiers coming up in June. The lessons will be differentiated according to ability (all information is on the application form.) The Instructor is Jennifer Torrance from England who was leading British Side Saddle rider on numerous occasions.
We are also hoping to have a talk on ring craft, turn out and showing rules from a top Irish show rider who competes at Dublin every year.
The dress code for lessons is: comfortable closely fitting normal riding gear with an approved helmet, if borrowing a side saddle on the day please ensure you wear a jodhpur boot on your right foot (no chaps or gaiters to prevent pommels getting scratched) or long boots with no zips or buckles.
For showing lesson please go all out with full dress code (the instructor will want to watch you without your apron) and you MUST bring your helmet.
For mock show class please wear full dress code (Juniors- Helmet, collar and tie, waistcoat, habit, cane, no spur), Ladies full habit,  waistcoat, cream or white stock, gloves (not black), dark boots, cane, blunt spur on left boot. It goes without saying that your horse and all of your gear should be spotless and immaculately clean. If plaiting please remember 7 or 9 plaits at most.
Prizes for 1,2,3 in the show class, prize for best turned out.
Times will be finalised closer to the date when all entries are back and everyone will be notified by text and email> in the meantime if you have  any questions please contact Ciara:  zebeck_86hotmail.com or 0872266321.
If you need to sign up as a member then you can send your membership form and fee along with your application form  and fee for the clinic all in one envelope to Ciara O’Connell, the Hollow House, Ballytiglea, Borris, Co. Carlow PRIOR TO MONDAY THE 12TH OF MAY SO THAT TIMES CAN BE ALLOCATED.
CLICK ON LINK TO DOWNLOAD FORM: stradbally-hall 17th May

Saddle for sale

Champion & Wilton leather seat. Complete with stirrup/leather 3 fold leather girth and balance straps in excellent condition. 16″ from cut back to centre back.
 21″ from front of pommel to centre back. Will fit a lady riding light  to medium weight hunter  or a thoroughbred type.
€2000.00 ONO

Willis Champion & Wilton April 2014

Willis Champion & Wilton April 2014