Monday, January 28, 2013

Caledon Riding Club Hosts OSA Info Night

On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the Ontario Sidesaddle Association gave a presentation to ladies (and gentlemen) members of the Caledon Riding Club.  The event was a great success with over 30 people in attendance.  OSA members Joanne Milton, Sharon Borda and Lois Beecraft presented "An Introduction to Sidesaddle".  The ladies touched briefly on the the history of sidesaddle, different types of saddles and habits, and offered everyone the opportunity to sit on a sidesaddle to see how comfortable and secure they are.  Sincere thanks are extended to Kim and the Caledon Riding Club for organizing and hosting this event.

Kim, with her nieces in sidesaddle attire.
In full formal hunt habit on the left is Emily, and in an
informal tweed habit with bowler on the right is Jacqueline.
The saddle?  It's a Mayhew on a "toy" pony.
A second information night is planned for those who have requested more information on the habits, period costumes and representations.  Details on the date will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

A number of sidesaddle clinics will also be offered to provide a chance for the ladies to actually ride sidesaddle on a horse, either their own horse or a "loaner".  Four clinics have been scheduled in January and February, and we are looking forward to educating and encouraging riders to pursue this elegant style of riding.  Clinics will introduce proper fitting of sidesaddles, more information on correct appointments for the hunt and equitation classes, and the opportunity to try on different habits and aprons.

Caledon Riding Club member Susan models
an informal tweed habit.
We hope we will continue to strengthen our friendship with the Caledon Riding Club, and thank everyone for their very kind hsopitality,

If you are interested in attending any of the clinics, please contact us for details.


  1. Wow, those clinics sound like a wonderful opportunity to test the waters of the sidesaddle world. I would love to bring my mare out to one, as I am very interested in trying her aside properly - the closest I have come is sitting on her in a very old sidesaddle that was much too small for me!

  2. Hi Stephanie,
    Watch the blog for updates from 3 more clinics we have held for the Caledon ladies. Just trying to get organized to post all the pictures :)