Jennifer O'Sullivan has a wonderful album from Meath as well - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...2343929&type=3
I would have taken her on........ 35 years ago... when I was just like her...... but, just to wash me and my horse up a bit, I would have jumped off the 6ft cliff into our pond for a second before the photo :)
Becca Holland of the Flying Foxes side saddle display team ('lady' term used loosely :lol: in the photo)
Becca, who attended last year, described it as “the best day’s hunting of my life”.
She added: “It was epic. You have an idea of what hunting in Ireland is like, but then you actually see what you’re about to hurl yourself off!
“We hit a series of banks that were vertical and some of the biggest ditches I’ve ever seen in my life.”
She will also be riding one-handed, as she is due to have surgery on a broken hand a few days before the meet.
“It will be fine,” she told H&H.
“I have solved my main problem — how to do my hip flask. :yes: The daughter of a friend of mine is going to ride next to me and do my flask.
“Kick on!” she added. :D
Brilliant! Thanks. I want to show my mother some of these too since she often tells ME I'm "very brave" and I've never gotten myself into anything like the Meath Sidesaddle Hunt!!!
These people remind me of a very old woman (in her 80s) in our hunt (NZ) when I hunted <30 years ago. She rode everywhere side-saddle on her (then current) black Irish Draft stallion (she was Irish and only liked riding black drafts - reckoned she couldnt ride a mare as they didnt get on). She was super-nuts - I am sure the horse was struggling to keep up with her at times jumping wire fences (yes, and not necessarily over a spar either :)) and massive hedges and ditches. You knew you were going to be in for one heck of a run when Mrs Chitty was at the front!
Okay.... I need that in poster size.:D Will attempt to contact photog to find out how much it might cost...
It looks like she's astride without stirrups in a sidesaddle. Why ? Or is it an optical delusion ?
SSR - I hope that by now you have alerted Martha to her new fan club on COTH!!
I'd like a pic also. Inspiration and all that you know. :)
B*tches be crazy! :lol:
Am I missing something? H&H identified the rider as Becca Holland and SidesaddleRider calls her Martha.
Did you all see the young girl in the photo links on the paint pony that rode sidesaddle that day also? http://www.middleburgphoto.com/Horse...4231&k=v3SRQZ9
None of the women riding were wimps http://www.middleburgphoto.com/Horse...2462&k=KMTQkN8
hit the next photo button!
LOVELY big boned! hunt horses.
She looks like she would give The Most Interesting Man in the World a run for his money...
I haven't read through the entire thread but has anyone else noticed the horses are all braided?? Can't imagine hunting on that territory without a mane to grab. This is probably why the American Revolution started- we hardly braid for hunts. ;)