*update* Judge’s Day, 5th March

We will run an information and demonstration session for all IPS/ISA etc judges who would like to learn how to judge a side saddle class (in the event of a show being unable to secure a side saddle ride judge). You will learn what to look for in relation to turn out, rider ability, horse turn out, tack, rider’s individual show, ringcraft, which rein to gallop the horses on etc as well as a question and answer session and an information pack. Refreshments will be provided. May we add that gentlemen are also most welcome to avail of the training! It is assumed that you will have already passed a confirmation assessment if you are already on another judging panel so this seminar will be fully focused on the side saddle aspect of the class. You will be added to our side saddle judge list afterward, which is published in the Irish Shows association handbook.

Price: 20 euro

Date: 5th March

Venue: Calverstown, Kilcullen, Kildare. (directions will be text and emailed out to participants after your application form is received).

TIme: 1pm.. If there are sufficient numbers then we will run a second seminar at 3 pm.

All are welcome to attend but only those who are already on a judging panel or who have completed at least two grades of the UK side saddle association exams will be added to our judges list afterwards.

Facilitator: Jennifer Torrance (Payne) who is a former leading rider In England under UK SSA rules.

Please phone Ciara on 0872266321 for any queries.

Click here for an application form which must be returned no later than Friday 26th February with appropriate fees made payable to The Side Saddle Association of Ireland.  side saddle judge training day


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.


Winter Saddle Hire

Dear Members, please note that Winter hire saddles must either be returned or renewed prior to the 1st of April 2016. Please drop Julie a note on  honsec@ssaireland.com to let her know whether you will be renewing your saddle for the showing season or leaving it back, as we would like to be able to make a list of what is coming back so that we can match up ladies and saddles. There are currently no adult sized saddles left in the tack room but there are some nice junior saddles available. Thank you!