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Sunday 3 April | 10 am - 17.45 am 

Bookings close Friday 1 April, 12 pm

Side saddle riding may be traditional, but it is not old-fashioned! Why not Have a Go?

If you have been thinking about trying it for the first time, or if you are considering picking it up again after a break, or even if you are wondering if this could be how you arrive at the church on your wedding day – here’s your chance! Side saddle also offers a wonderful opportunity to extend an older horse's competitive life and to participate in displays around the country.

The session will be on a mechanical horse simulator in an indoor classroom environment - so no waterproofs required! The sessions will be delivered in groups of four and will last around 75 minutes.

Riders will be shown the saddle, how it fits, how to mount and how to sit correctly in the saddle, before being tutored by BHS and Side Saddle Association instructor and well accredited judge Valerie Hodgett, for 15 minutes in walk, trot and canter on the extremely well behaved mechanical horse, Troy! During the session, there will be plenty of opportunities to have all your side saddle questions answered.

£15 per rider.

Book your place

Please Note:

  • Riders must not exceed 13st as this is the safety limit of the mechanical horse
  • Suitable footwear should be worn. Please avoid buckles or side zips as these can damage the saddle. Riding boots are ideal, however not mandatory. Thinner soles are recommended.
  • When booking please ensure that you include your height. The instructor will be bringing a selection of saddles to fit riders with different lengths of leg. By grouping similar sized riders together, the same saddle can be used throughout the session.
  • Hard hats must be worn Participants will be contacted with their time slots after bookings have been closed.

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