On Wednesday we went out for a slow hack with the sidesaddle. I dusted off the old antique victorian and we had a good ride. Nettie and I tested out some ditches and small piles of brush along the way. She's a very cute little jumper, incredibly honest and trustworthy. (She'll take whatever she's pointed at). But we were conservative on this ride and only tried little stuff - because the ground is still frozen and trecherous.
When I got back home I started looking online at sidesaddle jumpers. There are some really great photos out there!
|Cross country course aside. With a safety vest and steeplechase helmet.|
|At a field hunt in England. Country style tweed riding habit with a bowler.|
|A stadium demonstration in England. Formal habit, hunt whip, and tophat.|
|Little girl jumping her pony sidesaddle.|
|Over the hedge! This really looks similar to steeplechase, but she has a formal hunt habit on. So it must've been a foxhunt or other exhibition.|
|Havng fun at a hunt in England. The rider to the left has unfortunately snapped her balance strap, which can happen when you go over jumps and hedges. It looks like they're really having a blast!|
|This is an exhibition at Quenby Hall. Sometimes the riders start out with a full champagne glass before they jump, while other times they have to grab it while in mid-jump from a server standing next to the table. Very classy and entertaining.|
|A european lady jumping a horse that is laid down while riding aside. Looks like a historical war re-enactment.|
|This is Susan Oakes, in a jumping competition - she has set the world record for the highest sidesaddle jump! You can read more about her story here: http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/313716.html|
That would scare the crap out of me!