Monday, September 26, 2011

Sidesaddle for sale - with a caveat

Lot 141
An auction sale of Dr. Cormack's carriage collection is being held at Tralee in Caledon on October 1.  We have learned that there is a sidesaddle included in the items for sale.  What we can tell from the picture is that it is likely a catalogue saddle, e.g. Sears Roebuck or Montgomery Ward, from the late 1800s or early 1900s.  We have not be able to get additional photos. 

The caveat for this saddle, aside from the unknown condition of the saddle, is that it is probably very narrow with a short seat, probably about 18".  This limits the number of riders and horses that it will fit.  (To measure your seat length, sit on a straight-backed chair or against a wall and measure your thigh from the inside bend of your knee back to the chair back or wall.) You will also see that the leaping horn is positioned upside down in the photo, indicating that the seller is unfamiliar with sidesaddles.

For information on this auction, click here.

Welcome to our newest member

OSA President Joanne, assisting Alexa on April
Welcome to the newest member of the Ontario Sidesaddle Association.  Alexis of Milton enjoyed an inaugural sidesaddle lesson with OSA President Joanne Milton, with the assistance of Lois Beecraft and Sharon Borda this past weekend, and of course our four-legged friend April.  In this lesson, Joanne is focussing on getting Alexis to not collapse through her right rib-cage, which is pushing her hips (and the saddle) to the left.

Alexis has experience in a number of equine disciplines and took to the sidesaddle with aplomb and confidence.  We welcome Alexis to the fold.

This could be you!  Do you have an interest in learning how to ride sidesaddle?  Contact us to arrange a lesson.

Next Meeting of the Ontario Sidesaddle Association

Our next meeting of the Ontario Sidesaddle Association will take place on Sunday, October 23 at Rustic Meadows.  Originally scheduled for October 22, the date has been changed to accommodate those who will be attending the OEF Clinic Day on that Saturday.

We hope to have an "educational" session prior to our usual business meeting, so if you have a topic that you would like us to address, please let us know.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Workshop Unexpectedly Cancelled

Due to circumstances beyond our control, OSA has had to unexpectedly cancel the sidesaddle workshop that was scheduled for September 24th.

Please watch this blog for a new date, which will be posted as soon as possible.