Winter brought an end to the show season, sadly not to the rain though! This has limited the amount that we’ve done over the winter, keeping horses fit whilst working full time has proved to be near to impossible. The foxes have however have a couple of great days out side saddle.
Sian and Marley went along to the Quorn meet, where they did us proud. Marley proved to be an absolute superstar. He’s grown up so much since Sian has owned him and is made for hedge hopping. Sian looked absolutely fantastic and had a great couple of hours out. There was a record turnout of side saddle ladies at this year’s opening meet and it was great meeting people who share a real passion (obsession) for side saddle.
Becca sadly has been horseless this season due to the gorgeous Henry having to be retired to a quieter lifestyle as a happy hacker due to his legs. Becca has got a lovely new pony, Harry, who is almost a dead ringer for Henry (just a little smaller and not as grumpy) but he is a real baby so she is enjoying bringing him on slowly during the winter.
Becca has been very lucky however and had the opportunity to do a couple of great side saddle events.
The Meath Side Saddle Hunt, once again a record turnout of ladies and organised by the amazing Susan Oakes, over 50 ladies flew/drove over to Ireland from all over the world for a days hunting in Meath. Becca joined them all tackling some of the huge Irish drains and ditches, in very muddy trying conditions. The horses Susan managed to find for all the ladies riding, were I belive absolutely outstanding in quality and everybody who went raved about their day.
You can find photos from the day out at Meath here.
Becca was also lucky enough, once again to be lent a horse by Susan Oakes. Susans own and very special hunter, became Becca’s mount for the day for the Diana’s of the Chase Race. The first ladies side saddle steeple chase to be run since World War 2.
Horse and Hound covered the event, you can read about it here. What a wonderful sight, 16 fearless ladies galloping across open country, leaping hedges. There was a real battle for the finish between Susan Oakes and Lizzie Harris. Becca made it round clear on a strange horse (she’d never ridden Rambo before) and had the most fantastic time. You can find a video of the last fence here and a album of all the photos taken on the day here.
Sadly I’ve been out of action due to cooking the next generation. It’s been a very long nine months of not being in the saddle, but little Archie arrived safe and sound just before Christmas and even got a basket saddle as his first Christmas present, so watch this space. I have just got back in the saddle on the wonderful Basil and am loving every minute of being able to ride again, just need to lose some of the baby weight now so that I can get back into my lovely side saddle.