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    Default Meath Foxhounds welcomes side saddle riders...

    Flora Watkins, H&H news editor

    12 January, 2013
    Up to 60 riders from England, Europe and the USA are due to descend on Co Meath next week to tackle the country’s fearsome drains and ditches riding side saddle.

    The Meath Foxhounds side saddle meet (19 January) is being organised by Susan Oakes, who set a British high jump record of 1.80m in July 2012.

    “I wasn’t expecting so many to come,” said Susan, who is currently schooling the 60 hunters she has sourced for the meet sideways.

    “Last year we did it for the first time and had 12 ladies, so I thought maybe 25 would come. It is great for hunting to have so many people coming from all over the world.”

    Interest has been such that riding applications are closed, although there are still tickets available for the hunt ball which takes place that night.

    A sizeable contingent are travelling to Ireland from Virginia, USA. A host of gutsy British riders are also expected, including former H&H Thruster of the week Lucy Holland and Becca Holland of the Flying Foxes side saddle display team.

    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. The daughter of a friend of mine is going to ride next to me and do my flask.

    “Kick on!” she added.
    This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (10 January 2013)
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    Sounds like fun! Hope they post some pics of it! But riding sidesaddle and one handed!?

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    Some terrific photos here. Looks like it was a fantastic day. Only sorry I missed it.
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...28064358742572


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    It was SO MUCH FUN!!!!
    Cherry Blossom Farm - Show & Field Hunters, Side Saddles


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    I guess you think you can just pop in here and say ONLY THAT ! Full report please ? Where's your pic ?
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    I am writing an article for COTH on it, so don't want to spill it all here. But, in summary, it was muddy beyond belief, the ditches/drains were huge, the horses were fabulous, the hospitality amazing, and we had a FABULOUS time! We plan to return next year. Here are some photos of Mr. SSR and myself:

    http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7c8bf879.jpg

    http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2e9659bb.jpg

    http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2220d5be.jpg

    All 50 of us! --> http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/...psc4b16c83.jpg

    http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/...ps016ab58c.jpg

    An article from the Irish Times that mentions me:
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...328971476.html
    Cherry Blossom Farm - Show & Field Hunters, Side Saddles



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    SSR,

    That photo with the gentleman "sipping" on his flask, the horse seems to be saying, "Uummm, save some for me."



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    SSR - I'll bet you'll find pics of yours truly if you check the link on post #4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Equibrit View Post
    SSR - I'll bet you'll find pics of yours truly if you check the link on post #4.
    Yes, I have seen all of those. I just chose a few to put up.
    Cherry Blossom Farm - Show & Field Hunters, Side Saddles



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    Lol!! So that's who you were. My Mum and I were looking through the photos picking out friends of ours and she was convinced that she knew you, but just couldn't put a face to the name when looking at your photo.
    I'll have to inform her she was wrong!!
    You looked very elegant and like you had a ball!



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    Quote Originally Posted by SidesaddleRider View Post
    I am writing an article for COTH on it, so don't want to spill it all here. But, in summary, it was muddy beyond belief, the ditches/drains were huge, the horses were fabulous, the hospitality amazing, and we had a FABULOUS time! We plan to return next year. Here are some photos of Mr. SSR and myself:


    http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7c8bf879.jpg

    http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2e9659bb.jpg

    http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2220d5be.jpg

    All 50 of us! --> http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/...psc4b16c83.jpg

    http://i1294.photobucket.com/albums/...ps016ab58c.jpg

    An article from the Irish Times that mentions me:
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...328971476.html
    That is both crazy and amazing at the same time. Awesome.



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