Judge’s Training Session

Judge’s Day

judge training day final

Faith Ponsonby 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 from the ground (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 rider turn out, rider ability, horse turn out, tack, rider’s individual show, ring craft, etc as well as a question and answer session and an information pack. Faith will have a demonstration rider or two on the day, fully turned out.

The stated aim of Side Saddle Ireland is to promote and preserve the art of side saddle riding in Ireland so Faith would like all judges to come away with the knowledge of how to encourage, help and advise side saddle riders so that they leave the ring with some positives as well as some information on how to improve the small details that will complete the overall picture of perfection that we strive to achieve.

Refreshments will be provided afterwards. May we add that gentlemen are also most welcome to avail of the training! It is assumed that you will have already passed a conformation assessment if you are already on another judging panel so this seminar will be fully focused on the side saddle equitation and turn out aspect of the class. You will be added to our side saddle judge list afterward, which is published on our website.

Price: 20 euro

Date: 18th May 2024, 11a.m.

Venue: Ballylanigan House, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary

Facilitator: Faith Ponsonby

Please whatsapp Ciara on 0872266321 or Olivia on 0877517463 for any queries or alternatively email sidesaddleireland@gmail.com

Booking is now open on www.itsplainsailing/org/ssi and will close on Wednesday 15th May.

Points sheets for 2024

Please click below to download your points sheets if you wish to partake in our awards system, the Side Saddle Ireland trophies will be presented at the Showing Ireland gala awards night at the end of the showing season. They are editable word documents- please type your results in and try to keep a tally as you compete, the finished document can be emailed back to sidesaddleireland@gmail.com

Please do not use any other system to tally your results as it leads to confusion!



2024 record of hunting

Points Winners



Overall winner Olivia Connolly ‘Rosspir’ Bowl, ISH Plate, Sheila O’Clery Double Diamond Dressage Award, Working Hunter Award

2nd Megan Connell

3rd Nicola Chambers, winner of the first season points award


Overall winner Charlotte O’Connell & Lavistown Oscar, under 143 pony award

2nd Lucy O’Connell & Groveside Buzzy Bee

3rd Lucy O’Connell & Lanaway Sparkle



Congratulations to overall Ladies Winner Lyndsey O’Brien, winner of the Rosspir Rose Bowl and the R.I.D. Plate with Mr Bloomfield.

Suzanne O’Brien 2nd place, and winner of the ISH plate and the new partnership award.

Kate Horgan in 3rd place and winner of the Connemara Plate and the new member award.

Meghan Connell in 4th place,

Olivia Connolly in 5th place and winner of the Sheila O’Clery Double Diamond Dressage Trophy,

Louise Daly in 6th place,

Lynne Hincks in 7th place,

Amanda Power in 8th place and winner of the TB plate.

2022 Juniors 

Overall Junior Winner Clara Cully and winner of the -143 pony trophy and first season points award

2nd Lauren Hincks and winner of the +143 pony trophy

3rd Kiki Curran

4th Lucy Jo McMahon

5th Clodagh Curran


Congratulations to Olivia Connolly who won the overall Ladies Points awards (Rosspir Rose Bowl) with her Irish Sport Horse Barronstown Poppy,  Oliva and Poppy also won the Marjory Kennedy Hunting Trophy, the Sheila O’Clery Double Diamond Dressage Trophy, and the Irish Sport Horse Plate.