Affiliated classes: Show Diary 2017


The following shows are running affiliated classes this summer, at which members can gain points towards our annual awards:

Bandon Agricultural Show Sunday May 21st

North West Spring Show- Welsh Pony and Cob Society, Barnacarrol Equestrian Centre Co. Mayo, 21st May

Midleton Agricultural Show Sunday 28th May

Mullingar Show 3rd June

St Luke’s Charity Show, Kilronan Monday 5th June

All Welsh Show, Mulllingar Equestrian Centre, 10th June

Waterford Country Fair 11th June

Cork Summer Show 17th/18th June

Galway County Show (RDS qualifiers) 18th June

Flavours of Fingal Show 24/25th June

Charleville Agricultural Show 24/25 June

Athlone Show, 25th June

Killusty Pony Show 1st July

Adamstown Show, Wexford, 1st July

Clonmel Show 2nd July

Stradbally Family Fair 2nd July

Wexford Equestrian Show 9th July

Bannow Rathangan Show 13th July

Carnew Show 15th of July

Newcastle West Show 16th July

Ossory Show 23rd July

Tattersalls Show (Fania Mahony Cup, RIHS 2018 qualifier) 23rd July

Dungarvan Show 27th July

Tullow Agricultural Show 20th August

Iverk Show 26th August

Mountbellew Agri Show, Saturday 16th September

Bandon Show May 21st

Bandon Show on 21st of May is holding an affiliated side saddle class. Please contact Rosemarie Deasy for further details. This class is a great opportunity to get some practice in before the RDS qualifiers.

RDS qualifers 2017

RDS Side-Saddle qualifiers 2017
Venue Date Contact Name Contact No.
Armagh County Agricultural Show,
Gosford Forest Park, Co. Armagh
10 June
Flo McCall 004428 3752 2333 /
00447977 275160
Waterford Country Fair,
Curraghmore Estate, Co. Waterford
11 June
Jo Breheny 087 2986294
Galway County Show,
Galway Racecourse, Co. Galway
18 June
Gabriel Corless 086 8220318
Athlone Agricultural Show,
Athlone, Co. Westmeath
25 June
Gillian Kinahan 086 8521575
Charleville Show,
Charleville, Co Cork
25 June
Eleanor Fleming 063 89599 /
086 4000325

AGM and Prize Giving

All members are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting and Annual Prize Giving of the Side Saddle Association of Ireland which takes place in the offices of Horse Sport Ireland, Millenium Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare. Monday 16th January at 7.30 pm to begin at 8pm sharp. Tea/coffee and refreshments will be served on the night. Please RSVP by text or email to 0872266321/

Important info regarding Intermediate class

Please be advised that anyone intending to enter the ‘intermediate’ side saddle class at the Dublin Horse Show (and the qualifiers for same) must have a current and valid height measurement for their horse marked in their passport- 148cm and over but not exceeding 158cm. This will be checked at the qualifiers when you collect your number and also at the entrance into the Dublin Horse Show. Don’t forget your vaccinations must also be up to date! Please see measuring dates below.


Dates for your 2016 diary

Membership card must be produced at all shows, this list will be updated regularly as affiliated shows and other events come on stream!

30th January: Side Saddle meet with the Kilkenny Foxhounds at Mount Juliet 0872266321

20th February: Side Saddle meet with the Island Foxhounds. Contact: Aubrey Chapman 0879040919

27th February: Side Saddle meet with the Tipperary Foxhounds. Contact: Jacqui Freyne 0872629950

5th March, Judges Training Day, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare : Ciara O’Connell 0872266321

12th March, Kildare Performance Hunter Show, side saddle class over hunting obstacles, contact Sarah Conway 0861008574

25th March (Good Friday) Katie Jerram Showing Clinic at the National Sports Campus in Dublin, Joanne Quirke 0868660262

28th March, (Easter Monday), Kilronan Pony Show in aid of Cancer research, show secretary Suzanne Garrigan  086 3729440 (Dublin)

3rd April: Junior Side saddle training day and ‘have a go’ clinic in Co. Laois. Side saddles will be provided on the day. Ciara O’Connell 0872266321

10th April, Stonehall Harriers hunter show, Limerick has a side saddle class, contact Jodie Moran on 0862595868

14th May, Glamping and 14km cross country trek, The Munny Trail, Co. Wicklow, Ciara O’Connell 0872266321

Armagh County Agricultural Show,
Gosford Forest Park, Co. Armagh
11 June
Bill Leeman 048/028 37522333
Ballivor Horse Show,
Ballivor, Co. Meath
12 June
Peter Dargan 087 2556307
Waterford Country Fair,
Curraghmore Estate, Co. Waterford
12 June
Jo Breheny 087 2986294
Gorey Agricultural Show,
Gorey, Co. Wexford
18 June
Roy Furney 087 2187802
Galway County Show,
Galway Racecourse, Co. Galway
19 June
Paul O’Shaughnessy 087 2426142

26th June Athlone Show, Ladies, Junior and Working hunter. Gillian Kinehan 086 8521575

2nd July ***RIHS*** Ladies Hunter Qualifier hosted by Equifestival of Ireland at Mullingar Equestrian Centre.

3rd July Side Saddle Summer Show at Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois – Ciara O’Connell 0872266321

20th- 24th July Dublin Horse Show

5th-7th August National Side Saddle Show, Addington, England

14th September- Have a go day, Kilkenny

1st October: Have a go day, Kilcullen

12th November: Side Saddle Cross country competition at Crossogue House, Tipperary

4th December: Side Saddle Race hosted by Tipperary Foxhounds

11th December: Side Saddle Race hosted by Carlow Farmers Hunt

17th December: Side Saddle Meet hosted by Laois Hunt

4th February 2017: Side Saddle Meet hosted by Fingal Harriers

Diana’s of the chase, side saddle race 2015

Meathwoman Susan Oakes and Carlow sisters Aoife & Sarah Byrne are this year’s Irish representatives at the 3rd running of Diana’s of the Chase sidesaddle steeplechase in England. Good luck to these three remarkable ladies from all your friends at the Side Saddle Association of Ireland. Results will be posted here after the race!


photos below are Aoife, Sarah and Susan (top to bottom)






Bernard Weatherill Side Saddle Chase

On the 2nd Feburary 2013, elegant Ladies from both the UK and Ireland embarked on Ingarsby Hall, Melton Mowbray for the first ever running of the Bernard Weatherill Side Saddle Chase. It was the first race of its kind to be held since the second world war and was by kind permission of Formula 1 Legend Brian Henton.

The idea was that of well known jeweler designer and sidesaddle rider Philippa Holland. The course was over the famous Quorn Hunt countryside of post & rails and hedges.

Sixteen brave ladies mounted their steeds in the courtyard prior to the race for a photocall and then cantered to the start. The going on the course was soft to heavy in places.

When the flag was dropped there was a mighty charge to the first, where there were 3 fallers but luckily no injuries . The pace began to quicken and coming to the fifth from home all partnerships were still in tacked but two riders Lizzie Harris from the Pytchley Hunt and Susan Oakes from The Meath Hunt started to pull clear. What an exciting finished it turned out to be, both ladies jumped the second last and last upsides but on the way to the line Oakes got her horse O’Muircheartaigh up to win by a length.

The winning rider is world renowned for her sidesaddle endeavors and her horse was a one time top National Hunt racehorse who she now competes regularly on the point to point scene.

The horse is somewhat of a quirky character, he is the only horse running under rules in the Micklem bitless bridle and this was he second time under side saddle.

‘I had the ride of my life, it was a difficult decision whether to bring him or not as he has a mind of his own and it was either going to be a great success or a complete disaster, thankfully it was a great day’. Oakes also added ‘It was a privilege riding along side similar minded Lady riders that like a challenge. I’m delighted with my prize of a bespoke Bernard Weatherill Habit, which in March I will go to Saville Row for first measurments and hopefully this habit will be ready for when I attempt to break my own high jump record in July on SIEC Atlas in Aintree. My inspiration to come here was to follow in the footsteps of the orginal side saddle steeplechaser Mrs Nannie Power O’Donoghue who was the only lady who ever rode in 3 steeplechases in Punchestown, Fairyhouse and Balydoyle in the early 1900’s’.

Susan Oakes, the Meath woman holds the World High Jump Record for Side Saddle

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This week P2P.IE profiles Susan Oakes, the Meath woman holds the World High Jump Record for Side Saddle, we follow her schooling Parsons Pistol at Skryne Gallops, running in the Open Lightweight at Ballydarragh, and a few days later she takes fellow point-to-point riders Annie Bowles and Aine Dagg riding side saddle. We also see her coach Paraic Geraghty putting her through her paces with her grey stallion SIEC Atlas (Acord li- Baroness II- Coriander).