Friday, July 30, 2010

Inaugural clinic for the OSA a success!

On Sunday July 25, 2010 the newly formed Ontario Sidesaddle Association presented a clinic by Jeanne Cracknell and Debbie Smith of The Sidesaddle Connection. The primary focus of the clinic was the proper fitting of sidesaddles to horses and riders.
Jeanne fits a Mayhew on "Emma"

Many different saddles were brought in by members. All aspects of the sidesaddle were discussed including different makes, individual features relating to the different makes of saddles and of course, fitting sidesaddles to various horses’ backs and positioning the rider for a safe and secure ride. The interest was very keen among the ladies attending and many good questions were asked.

A well-attended clinic.
One of the more exciting aspects of the clinic was the welcoming of Roberta Whitley to the sidesaddle scene. Roberta owns and operates Leatherette in Ballinfad, Ontario ( She was trained in leather working in Britain and has expressed her excitement in learning to work in the repairing and fitting of sidesaddles. She will be a valuable asset to the OSA in the future.

A huge thank you goes out to Joanne Milton for organizing the event and hosting the day at her farm, Rustic Meadows, and to Jeanne and Deb of  The Sidesaddle Connection for a great clinic.

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