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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).
On the 31st of July in Aintree Racecourse Irish rider Susan Oakes won the Leaping Ladies High Jump Competition and she also set a new world record by doing so.
Susan set the new record on grand Prix Show jumper Brandy & Red at 5’8 and then attempted to jump 6’6 but just touched the pole off. The unofficial record of 6’6 set in 1915 by Mrs Ester Stace is believed that she was jumping off a Springboard or that there was a ramp running up to the fence-that’s why the horse is going in such a strange shape.
Now Oakes has been giving a fantastic opportunity by The RDS at a chance to break her own record over the Puissance Wall on home ground on Saturday the 18th August at 6pm.
She would like to thank all the people who have supported her over the last few months from all around the world’.
Any one interested in joining a group of Side Saddle Association supporters to cheer on Susan Oakes during her Side Saddle high Jump over the Puissance Wall which is schedule to take place on Saturday afternoon during a break in the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show International Puissance.
Please make contact as soon as possible to allow ample time to organise and hopefully be able to purchase as many seats grouped together as possible
Susan Oakes attempting to break the World record, which has remained unbroken since 1915.
Photo shows Susan Oakes jumping 1 m 50 at the launch of the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.
She is riding Crannagh Clover 11 year old gelding supplied by Kinane Bloodstock. She is trained by renown show jumping coach Paraic Geraghty.
This Duo will be attempting to break the World Record for the highest jump side saddle at 6’6″ (2m) which has stood since 1915.
This record attempt will happen on the 28th July 2012 at Aintree Racecourse.
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