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June 14, 2005

Riding in Style

What do you think it was like for ladies who rode in style 200 or 300 years ago? You might be able to catch a glimpse of this if you ever have the opportunity to watch a sidesaddle riding demonstration.

I really enjoy watching the sidesaddle class at Bishop Mule Days every year. It is a class that takes you back in time - back to the day when ladies rode sidesaddle everyday. Each of the entries in the sidesaddle class is unique, and offen there is quite a bit of variety in the outfits chosen by each rider. There are a variety of different styles of attire that are appropriate for this class. They range from formal hunt or western attire (depending on the style of sidesaddle) with an apron added, to beautiful riding habits from times of the past.

Don't these ladies look elegent on their beautiful mules in the Bishop Mule Days 2005 Sidesaddle class?

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This is Monica Bishop riding Judiciass and Teri Merry riding Crestline's Hot Blanche.

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This is Sharon Woodside riding Poco Tosha.

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I believe this entry is Marika Vierling riding PR Easter Bunny.

I hear it is not too hard to learn to ride sidesaddle once you find a saddle that fits you and your mount well, though I suppose it probably is a bit awkward feeling at first. Here are a few neat websites I found with more information about sidesaddle riding. If you are interested in trying sidesaddle riding, you might enjoy checking them out!

World Sidesaddle Federation, Inc.
Riding Side-Saddle
International Side Saddle Organization
Side Saddle International
Side Saddle Lady
Side Saddle Australia
N.E.A. Sidesaddle Association

Kristie Jorgensen


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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at June 14, 2005 10:26 PM

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