Membership 2024

The importance of membership:

When you support Side Saddle Ireland by paying your membership, you are helping us to promote and preserve our sport for future generations. Maintaining these core values will help us to attract more members and to be a strong voice when advocating for side saddle to be included at prestigious horse shows and for dealing with government bodies such as Horse Sport Ireland when we are trying to access support and funding for our activities. By becoming a member, you are joining a collective of ladies who want to maintain the proud and beautiful tradition of Side Saddle in Equestrianism in Ireland. Members are the beating heart of any club and by supporting us you are helping to develop a strong club culture so that we can be an influential voice in continuing to open our sport for generations of ladies to come. Side Saddle Ireland relies heavily on club membership income for the day-to-day running of the club and the money raised is used to cover costs such as insurance, website maintenance, accountants fees, postage and heavily subsidised rosettes which are sent out to all affiliated shows. All of this is supported by people volunteering as club officers to organise everything from sponsorship, preparing accounts, drafting legal documents, helping members to source saddles and other related gear, dealing with show secretaries and organising relevant events. These roles are fulfilled in a volunteering capacity with no monetary reward.

Membership for adults is only €55, while juniors are €30 and must be accompanied by an adult membership for consent purposes (can be a non rider membership also €30). Please join us today and help preserve the proud tradition of Side Saddle in Equestrianism in Ireland! Thank you for supporting our club, have a great season in 2024. 

Membership for 2024 is now open online at :

https://itsplainsailing.com/org/ssi

All memberships are to be paid online with no exceptions

Points for the new leagues will be tallied by the committee after every affiliated show. You may begin gaining points at shows as soon as your membership is paid. Good luck everyone!

Affiliated classes 2024

Last updated 20/05/2024

Please check back regularly as the list will be updated every time a new affiliation comes in. You must be a member to avail of points and to take part in our National Championship League- please check home page for further details of the league. Points can only be earned at the following affiliated classes: 

11th May 2024, Kingdom County Fair, Tralee, Co. Kerry, have an affiliated LADIES SIDE SADDLE CLASS. Enquiries to Shannon O’Mahony at kingdomcountyfair1@gmail.com

26th May, Midleton Agri Show, Ballindennisk, Co. Cork have an affiliated LADIES SIDE SADDLE CLASS. Contact Phylis 086 8800103

2nd June Raheendaw show, Carlow, have affiliated LADIES & intermediate SIDE SADDLE CLASSES. Enquiries to David Burgess 0868346931. First intermediate class of the season so great practice for those aiming for RDS qualifiers in June.

3rd June, Western Area IPS, have affiliated JUNIORS, INTERMEDIATES AND LADIES SIDE SADDLE CLASSES. Please contact Imelda 0876306471. Great opportunity to practice for upcoming RDS qualifiers!

16th June, Cork Summer Show, have an affiliated LADIES SIDE SADDLE CLASS on Sunday 16th June. Please contact Ann O’Mahony ann@corksummershow.com for further details

16th June, ATHLONE RDS QUALIFIERS FOR LADIES AND INTERMEDIATES. Please contact Melissa Glynn on 085 8435080. Please do not enter another RDS qualifier if you have already qualified for the RDS at a previous qualifier, as it could inadvertently block someone else’s chance of qualifying for Dublin. Qualifying places do not pass down along the line.

23rd June, Newcastle West Show, Co. Limerick, have affiliated LADIES & JUNIOR SIDE SADDLE CLASSES enquiries to Sharon Burke  086 3210037

30th June, Charleville Agricultural Show, Co Cork, have affiliated LADIES AND INTERMEDIATE RDS SIDE SADDLE QUALIFIERS, they are also running a separate ladies side saddle class immediately after the RDS qualifiers. Please do not enter another RDS qualifier if you have already qualified for the RDS at a previous qualifier, as it could inadvertently block someone else’s chance of qualifying for Dublin. Qualifying places do not pass down along the line. Please enter the separate ladies side saddle class in this case to get your practice in and to gain your points towards the league. enquiries to elainebarryg@hotmail.com

6th July 2024, Killusty Pony Show, Co Tipperary, have affiliated both LADIES and JUNIORS SIDE SADDLE CLASSES. killustyponyshow@gmail.com/ Michelle Walsh

7th July 2024, Clonmel Show, Co Tipperary, have affiliated both LADIES and JUNIORS SIDE SADDLE CLASSES. Please contact purcellcecily@gmail.com for further details.

7th July 2024, Longford Show, have an affiliated LADIES SIDE SADDLE CLASS. Enquiries to Bernie Whyte btwhyte90@gmail.com / 087 6334313

11th July, Bannow Rathangan Show, Co. Wexford, have affiliated LADIES and JUNIOR SIDE SADDLE CLASSES. Enquiries to Elizabeth 087 7560871 

13th July, Ardrahan Show, Co. Galway, have affiliated LADIES and JUNIOR SIDE SADDLE CLASSES. Please contact David Devane, dmjd1952@yahoo.com

14th July, Dungarvan Show Co. Waterford, have affiliated LADIES and JUNIOR SIDE SADDLE CLASS. Enquiries to Frances 087 6362109

14th July, Mullingar Show, have an affiliated LADIES SIDE SADDLE CLASS. Enquiries to Eileen White 0879971306, info@mullingaragrishow.com

14th July, Wicklow Summer Show at Barnadown, have an affiliated LADIES SIDE SADDLE CLASS. Contact laurencushe@live.ie

28th July, Tattersalls Show, have affiliated LADIES SIDE SADDLE. Contact Gladys Graham 0863858312

28th July, Ossory Show, Rathdowney, Co. Laois have affiliated LADIES AND JUNIOR SIDE SADDLE CLASSES. Contact Cathy 0879975902

5th August, Tinahely Show, Co. Wicklow have affiliated LADIES AND JUNIOR SIDE SADDLE CLASSES. info@tinahelyshow.ie

1st September, Royal Meath Show, Trim have affiliated JUNIORS, INTERMEDIATE AND LADIES SIDESADDLE CLASSES. Contact Maureen Dillon 087 2885302

8th September, Monivea Show, Athenry, Co. Galway have affiliated LADIES AND INTERMEDIATE SIDE SADDLE CLASSES. Contact Karen Coffey, karencoffey83@yahoo.com for details

Class wording for show schedules

Class wording for Side Saddle Classes which are affiliated to Side Saddle Ireland

Junior Side Saddle Class, affiliated to Side Saddle Ireland: To be ridden side saddle by riders under 18 on 1st January on ponies not exceeding 153cm. The class shall be judged on manners, conformation, way of going, and rider’s ability. Riders must wear an approved harnessed hat. A Side Saddle Ireland rosette will be presented to the 4 highest placed members in the class. A Best Rider rosette will be presented to the ‘Best Rider’ among those members. A ‘Best Turned Out’ rosette sponsored by Carr & Day & Martin will be awarded to the best turned out member combination in the class. Members may gain points towards our new National Side Saddle Championship League by competing in this class- please see www.ssaireland.com for the league rules.

Intermediate Side-Saddle Class, affiliated to Side Saddle Ireland. To be ridden side-saddle by riders who have attained their 14th birthday by 1 January of the current year on horses 148cms or over but not exceeding 158cms.

Aim: To promote, present and preserve the art of side-saddle riding. Rules: The rider’s ability and turnout, and the way of going, manners, conformation and movement of the horse will be considered as part of the adjudication. Exhibits in the Intermediate Side-Saddle classes must have a current and valid height measurement under the Show Jumping Ireland / Irish Pony Society measurement scheme and their passports must be available on arrival for inspection. A Side Saddle Ireland rosette will be presented to the 4 highest placed members in the class. A Best Rider rosette will be presented to the ‘Best Rider’ among those members. A ‘Best Turned Out’ rosette sponsored by Carr & Day & Martin will be awarded to the best turned out member combination in the class. Members may gain points towards our new National Side Saddle Championship League by competing in this class- please see www.ssaireland.com for the league rules. Affiliated to Side Saddle Ireland.

Ladies Side Saddle Class, affiliated to Side Saddle Ireland: To be ridden side saddle by ladies in hunting costume. The horses shall be judged on the basis of elegant appearance, perfect manners and ability to give the judge a smooth ride.  Riders must be aged 16 years or over on the 1st of January of the current year on horses exceeding 153cm. A Side Saddle Ireland rosette will be presented to the 4 highest placed members in the class. A Best Rider rosette will be presented to the ‘Best Rider’ among the members. A ‘Best Turned Out’ rosette sponsored by Carr & Day & Martin will be awarded to the best turned out member combination in the class. Members may gain points towards our new National Side Saddle Championship League by competing in this class- please see www.ssaireland.com for the league rules.

Ladies Side Saddle Versatility Class, affiliated to Side Saddle Ireland: To be ridden side saddle by ladies in hunting costume. For horses 148 cm and over, riders must have reached their 14th birthday by 1st January of the current year. The rider’s ability and turnout, and the way of going, manners and movement of the horse will be considered as part of the adjudication. The class shall be judged as an overall picture of elegance presented by the rider and the horse. Each rider shall give an individual show not exceeding two minutes which should include walk, trot, canter and extended canter . The horse shall not be stripped or trotted up in hand. The class shall be judged from the ground. (No ride judge). A Side Saddle Ireland rosette will be presented to the 4 highest placed members in the class. A Best Rider rosette will be presented to the ‘Best Rider’ among the members. A ‘Best Turned Out’ rosette sponsored by Carr & Day & Martin will be awarded to the best turned out member combination in the class. Members may gain points towards our new National Side Saddle Championship League by competing in this class- please see www.ssaireland.com for the league rules.

RDS Ladies Side-Saddle Qualifier (only to be used by those shows chosen by the RDS to host a qualifier): Mare or Gelding, 5 years old or over. To be ridden side-saddle by riders who have attained their 16th birthday by 1 January 2018. Aim: To promote, present and preserve the art of side-saddle riding. Rules: The rider’s ability and turnout, and the way of going, manners, conformation and movement of the horse will be considered as part of the adjudication. A Side Saddle Ireland rosette will be presented to the 4 highest placed members in the class. A Best Rider rosette will be presented to the ‘Best Rider’ among those members. A ‘Best Turned Out’ rosette sponsored by Carr & Day & Martin will be awarded to the best turned out member combination in the class. Members may gain points towards our new National Side Saddle Championship League by competing in this class- please see www.ssaireland.com for the league rules.  Affiliated to Side Saddle Ireland.

RDS Intermediate Side-Saddle qualifier: (only to be used by those shows chosen by the RDS to host a qualifier): MARE or GELDING, 5 years old or over. 148cms or over but not exceeding 158cms. To be ridden side-saddle by riders who have attained their 14th birthday by 1 January of the current year. Aim: To promote, present and preserve the art of side-saddle riding. Rules: The rider’s ability and turnout, and the way of going, manners, conformation and movement of the horse will be considered as part of the adjudication. Exhibits in the Intermediate Side-Saddle qualifiers must have a current and valid height measurement under the Show Jumping Ireland / Irish Pony Society measurement scheme and their passports must be available on arrival for inspection. A Side Saddle Ireland rosette will be presented to the 4 highest placed members in the class. A Best Rider rosette will be presented to the ‘Best Rider’ among those members. A ‘Best Turned Out’ rosette sponsored by Carr & Day & Martin will be awarded to the best turned out member combination in the class. Members may gain points towards our new National Side Saddle Championship League by competing in this class- please see www.ssaireland.com for the league rules. Affiliated to Side Saddle Ireland.

Beautiful Mayhew Saddle for sale

 

FB_IMG_1712784490345

Beautiful Mayhew Side Saddle for sale in Dublin. 17.5 x 13.5 seat, has been used on a LW, RH and Small Hunter. Absolutely immaculate condition, regularly conditioned and kept inside. Comes with stirrup and original cover. €3250.

Please contact Ciara Mullen on 086 0880484 or contact @itsa_groomslife on Instagram for further details.

Sponsor

Side Saddle Ireland are delighted to be partnering with Carr & Day & Martin in 2024 to run our National Championship Side Saddle League. Please see some information about our wonderful sponsor below!

Carr & Day & Martin

About Carr & Day & Martin:

Carr & Day & Martin (CDM) is the world’s oldest company involved in the manufacturing of horse care products since 1765. Carr & Day & Martin’s range extends across 4 categories, LeatherCoatHoof and Health and includes the world-famous Belvoir Tack Care Range, Canter Mane & Tail and Dreamcoat and many other show ring and turnout essentials.

Carr & Day & Martin provide premium products that withstand the test of time. By using the highest specification ingredients at optimum levels, they ensure you can have complete peace of mind when it comes to grooming made easy, for results that last!

In 2020 CDM was acquired by the Irish based and family-owned feed company, Connolly’s RED MILLS. The world-renowned equine nutrition and feed company also owns and manufactures Foran Equine supplements as part of their equine portfolio, exporting all their products worldwide.  The acquisition of Carr & Day & Martin demonstrates their commitment to offering customers the ultimate range of equine care products, putting the horse at the centre of everything they do.

#YouCareWeCare

HISTORY

Traditional Blended with Modern Innovation Underlined by Unwavering Commitment to Quality set 250 years ago

Established in 1765, Carr & Day & Martin boasts an exceptional heritage in the equestrian world. Our journey began with the launch of our enduring Belvoir Tack Conditioner soap in 1800, a formulation that has stood the test of time. The pivotal moment came in 1820 when we were granted the esteemed Royal Warrant by King George, an honour that has been retained through the reigns of 8 monarchs in the United Kingdom.

With a rich legacy of excellence, Carr & Day & Martin embraces the present, crafting horse care solutions that blend with our core values with modern advancements.

Judge’s result sheet

Show secretaries- Please note all bags of rosettes will include the following judge’s result sheet, which must be filled in by the ring steward on the day and the results returned to us as soon as possible so that we may tally points for our league. The results can be emailed back to sidesaddleireland@gmail.com or WhatsApped to Ciara on 0872266321. Thank you for your assistance! Judge’s result sheet 2024

National Side Saddle Championship 2024

National Side Saddle Championship 2024 in association with Carr & Day & Martin

Carr & Day & Martin

Side Saddle Ireland are delighted to announce a flagship National Championship which will be run on a league basis across all agricultural shows and horse shows which are affiliated to Side Saddle Ireland (“SSI”) across the country in 2024. This will culminate in a presentation to be made at the end of the showing season at a glamourous presentation evening. We have a huge cash prize fund of €2750 which includes €1,000 for the overall Lady Champion, and amazing prizes for 1st to 6th in both ladies and juniors which are generously sponsored by our title sponsor, Carr & Day & Martin, who are also sponsoring a ‘Best turned out’ rosette for every affiliated class and a sash for the lady and junior with the most ‘Best Turned Out’ rosettes by the end of the season.

Caroline Davis, Carr & Day & Martin Brand Manager ‘We are thrilled to be title sponsor of the Side Saddle Ireland National Championships. We put as much care into producing our products, as riders put into preparing for competition and turnout is such an important part of the Side Saddle experience. We’re delighted to be supporting Side Saddle Ireland and working together to celebrate the rich history and qualities that are shared by both entities.

This collaboration represents our dedication to equestrian excellence and the timeless tradition of side saddle riding. Furthermore, we are proud to extend our commitment with the introduction of the ‘Best Turned Out’ awards throughout the season, celebrating the meticulous care and attention to detail that defines our riders and their equine partners. Together, we embrace the elegance, heritage, and passion of side saddle riding, embodying the spirit of Carr & Day & Martin.”

For all information on the National Championship, please click on the PDF below, and make sure you familiarise yourself with the 2024 rule book which is also published on this website. If you have any questions, please contact sidesaddleireland@gmail.com or WhatsApp 087 2266321.

 

SSI National Champs 2024 Rules and prize list FINAL

The affiliated classes where you may gain points for the National Championship are listed under the Diary of Events tab on the home page of this website. Please check back regularly as it will be updated every time a new affiliation comes in.