Winners include sidesaddle newcomers

Successful newcomers Jenny Medlock and Sophie Lawes
Successful newcomers Jenny Medlock and Sophie Lawes

RIDERS in the South have had growing opportunities to take up riding saddle recently. All have found it easy and four newcomers from West Sussex entered the Side Saddle Association’s recent Area 8 Show at Ardingly.

The show was organised by Ann Sadler and Belinda Wilkins, who put extra classes into the schedule and added a second ring, which encouraged twenty six riders to enter. The morning included equitation and showing which allowed the afternoon classes to have more relaxed events such as versatile horse/pony and the ever popular Champagne Challenge.

Barnham rider Jenny Medlock won the Restricted Equitation, judged on rider position, riding and turnout, on her bright bay riding horse, Wolfgang Mayday Melody, despite only recently taking up riding aside, Ten year old Sophie Lawes from Petworth on her little welsh pony Make A Splash took a well deserved second place. Sophie also was placed second in the Cygnet Trophy Young Rider class where three of the four ponies happened to be grey. Sophie too only started riding side saddle earlier this year. Having seen Caroline Wilkins hunting with the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt whilst she was riding Splash, she wanted to ‘have a go’ and found it easy with Caroline’s help, making her dream come true when she rode side saddle at Upwaltham for the last hunt meet of the season.

For full feature see Sussex Horse World, West Sussex Gazette August 24