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Dressage...... Sidesaddle! Our first show. More pics added, p2 post 30.

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  • Dressage...... Sidesaddle! Our first show. More pics added, p2 post 30.

    I thought I would share some photos from my first (ever) dressage show which I rode my mare sidesaddle. We did the Training Level, Test 1 and entered it on a whim 2 weeks before the show thinking it'd be fun to try and good exposure.

    We had a fantastic test and scored 65.2% which placed us 2nd in the Open division. I couldn't have been more pleased. (Ok except for the part where my mare gave the ooogly eye at the judge as we went past and I heard her say "Resistence" to the scribe LOL)

    On to the photos!
    You'll have to excuse our "overbent" neck in a few photos, it's really highlighted by her roached mane which I should have re-clipped prior to the show. Her mane is extra thick at the top of her neck and really thin nearer to her withers so when left to get a bit long it looks goofy.







    And this one is my favorite.

    Last edited by Brigit; Jun. 17, 2011, 11:55 AM. Reason: More pics added! P.2, post 30
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    Aw, lovely! Congratulations - you two look like a great team.
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    • #3
      how lovely!! you two look like a great team indeed. You look poised and relaxed and natural, as does your lovely mare. Your saddle looks like it fits both of you well. Very well done, I'm envious!
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        Thanks! Some days we sure seem to butt heads but she really seems to enjoy being ridden sidesaddle. I think in some of the photos I was thoroughly out of breath! I had ridden the test at home lots to practice but our arena is TINY compared to that one so I was huffing & puffing by the end of it! lol
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        • #5
          Both of you look wonderful!
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          • #6
            Really beautiful! I'm impressed by the sidesaddle - I'd be dead trying to do that Congrats on a great score!!

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            • #7
              My thoughts exactly Piaffe..... Good job! Looks great!
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                Nah I bet you guys would be surprised at how easy & secure it is! I cantered the 2nd day I tried it and have had my mare try the "spin & bolt" routine and never came close to coming out of the saddle. It just takes awhile to build up the stamina & muscles to ride an entire test sidesaddle.
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                • #9
                  This looks amazingly cool! I am in awe.
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                  • #10
                    Looks like a lot of fun! But, I always thought the rule was that you had to (mandatory) carry a whip in the right hand. Is that not true? Did I miss the whip? Just curious. I haven't looked at rules for sidesaddle in quite a while.
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                    • #11
                      Great job, you two are a lovely pair!

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                      • #12
                        ME too!

                        I did my novice level dressage test sidesaddle at a local CT. Scored 36 penalties (low score good in eventing) and a clean jump round to win the class. I can't say my horse loves the sidesaddle but he is a good boy. Sorry no photos.

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                        • #13
                          Cool!

                          Cool! You two look great!

                          Velvet said:
                          ! But, I always thought the rule was that you had to (mandatory) carry a whip in the right hand. Is that not true? Did I miss the whip?
                          Could be wrong but I think that's one of the rules for sidesaddle appointment classes in the hunter ring, along with the mandatory flask and sandwich.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Holly Jeanne View Post
                            Cool! You two look great!

                            Velvet said:


                            Could be wrong but I think that's one of the rules for sidesaddle appointment classes in the hunter ring, along with the mandatory flask and sandwich.
                            I think a dressage whip in a hunter class would be a disadvantage--especially if you're going over fences!
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                              Originally posted by Velvet View Post
                              Looks like a lot of fun! But, I always thought the rule was that you had to (mandatory) carry a whip in the right hand. Is that not true? Did I miss the whip? Just curious. I haven't looked at rules for sidesaddle in quite a while.
                              I don't think so. I know in most shows you aren't allowed to ride with a whip *unless* you are riding sidesaddle and from the way I understand it, it's not a mandatory thing. That's up here in Canada though, not sure about the US rules. We don't have anybody that *really* knows the proper sidesaddle rules up here so we kinda do as we please at the shows in terms of dress lol.
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                              • #16
                                Well

                                I think a dressage whip in a hunter class would be a disadvantage--especially if you're going over fences!
                                I specified hunter appointments classes. This is what I was referring to:

                                http://www.sidesaddle.com/reference_pages/attire.htm
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                                • #17
                                  Wow! Great job. Sidesaddle looks like fun, but I like life a bit too much to try
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                                  • #18
                                    Guys, if you have any desire to ride aside, try it! It only feels weird for a few minutes. I rode 4 times over the winter, and just put mine on again this past weekend, and in no time I was trotting around securely. If I hadn't been in a hurry, I would have tried cantering. It's a blast!

                                    OP... you look great as always
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                                    • #19
                                      Would love to know where OP got her riding habit and saddle. Very elegant, although the ASTM helmet is not as classy as the hat and veil that is traditional with a sidesaddle outfit. (pls no blasts from the helmet crowd - purely an historical notation). Have not sat in a sidesaddle for ages, but have always wanted to do a dressage test in one. The only one I have is an antique that needs a lot of rehab. Curious if someone is still making these saddles.

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                                      • #20
                                        Wow! You both look awesome. I would love to try side saddle, but you guys look so very high up It always looks cool though.

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