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Sideways The SSA Area 9 Newsletter

February 2016

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Welcome to the fifteenth edition of Sideways, the SSA Area 9 Newsletter. I hope you and equine friends have coped with this very wet winter weather and are looking forward to spring time, which seems to be just around the corner going by the daffodils popping up at the end of our drive!

I’m happy to report Princess Penni seems to be sound again after her field rest last year and was feeling quite fresh and lively on our last hack out! We are due to have that pre-season chat on whether she would like to take part in some side saddle competitions this year! This is the gentle approach I have to take with such a ‘Princess’. We were planning to retire her from the show ring but I’m sure she would love to do a couple veteran and costume classes.

This edition lists the Area events for 2016, details on the vacancy for a treasurer with the Association and some side saddle items for sale. If you would like to contribute to further issues of the newsletter, please get in touch, it would be lovely to hear from you. Do you have interesting side saddle facts and photos to share, please do forward them to add to be added to the next edition? Please feel free to contact me on or if would rather chat on the phone, you can find my contact details on the last page of the newsletter. Looking forward to catching up with you all soon. Carol Rogerson, Area 9 Secretary

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Dear members, Hello everyone and welcome to a new side saddle year for Area 9. There are already a number of dates for you to note in your diaries for this year, our usual annual seasonal shows and a Grade Test and Instructors Exam Day amongst them, details are in this newsletter and on the Area Website. We kick off this year on the 27th March with a dismounted meeting at Burnpark, West Calder. There will be soup and rolls to start the afternoon followed by a talk/questions with Marjorie Grant on the topic of Ring Craft, something that members are always enquiring about so a good turnout is expected. After the talk tea and cake will be available and you can have a rummage in our bring and buy side saddle and horse related items which usually go down well with a number of items changing hands.

This year we will be trying out a new venue for our Spring and Summer shows after many years of using The Grange at West Calder. The Grange has returned to being a full time riding school and thanks to Elis and Grant Knight for allowing us to use their indoor school in the past. The new venue is only about 8 miles further north at Torphichen by Bathgate and has a lovely indoor school with a good surface and also gives us the luxury of a separate viewing area and catering facilities for us to provide our own food or to have it supplied by the venue. The cost of hire of the facilities s £25 per hour. Full address details can be found in the events list in this newsletter. I look forward to being your chairman over the next season and hope that we can pick up from where we left off in October and to get you all set up for the coming season. Our good friend Roger Philpot will be visiting on the weekend of 9th and 10th April to set up saddles for those needing their saddles looked at and to give a little instruction to get you all started. Again an early visit from Roger has been requested on a number of occasions so please make this worth-while and take advantage of the chance. There are a few other ideas in the pipeline for this year so please keep your eye on the website and the newsletters for details once things are finalised. I wish you all a happy successful side saddle year and look forward to meeting you all again soon. Fiona Young Chairman Area 9

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Area Events for 2015

27th March – Dismounted meeting with talk and Bring And Buy at Burnpark, Cleauch Brae, West Calder,

West Lothian, EH55 8NA. Soup and rolls from 12.30pm -1.30pm followed by talk and sale. There is no

charge for this event but please contact Fiona with your intention of attending by Wednesday 24th on

01506 873177 or email

9th and 10th April - Side Saddle fitting with Roger Philpot and short lesson. No venue organised at

the moment but names and preferred day to Fiona no later than the end of March please and venues

will,be sorted out then. Fiona Young. 01506 873177 or email

23rd April - Area 9 Spring Show at Champfleurie Stables, Torphichen, West Lothian, EH48 4NE

14th, 15th and 16th June - Instruction from Roger Philpot. Venues to be arranged.

9th July - Area 9 Summer Show at Champfleurie Stables, Torphichen, West Lothian, EH48 4NE

19th August - grade Test and Instructors Exam Day at Champfleurie Stables, Torphichen, West Lothian.

EH48 4NE

20th and 21st August - Instruction from Vanessa Hood. Venues to be arranged.

1st October - Area 9 Autumn Show at Whitfield Farm Livery, West Linton, EH46 7AX

Area Points Cards for 2016: Points are awarded for competing in any discipline sideways, including hunting. You can claim points for being placed and for taking part. The scarier the discipline, the more points you get! Cards and instructions available from Marjorie Grant and cost £5 per horse. Area trophies for 2016: Trophy for best performance overall, best newcomer and equitation for adult and junior. Submit membership cards to Marjorie at the end of the season. Winners are those who have most points in Scottish affiliated shows only.

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Results from SSA Area 9 Autumn show

Class 1. Concours d'Elegance 1st Carol Rogerson with Painted Angel 2nd Natasha Connor (Junior) with Afan Spy 3rd Samantha Wilson with Nirvana Tywysog Class 2. Classical Ladies 1st Carol Rogerson 2nd Karrie McGill with Chairman of the Board Class 3. Novice Equitation 1st Karrie McGill 2nd Natasha Connor Class 4. Open Equitation 1st Samantha Wilson 2nd Susan Terris-Weir Class 5. Novice Horse/Pony 1st Carol Rogerson 2nd Natasha Connor 3rd Karrie McGill Class 6. Best Horse/Pony 1st Natasha Connor 2nd Carol Rogerson 3rd Samantha Wilson Class 7. Best Riding Horse/Pony 1st Samantha Wilson 2nd Natasha Connor Class 8. Novice Equitation Jumping 1st Samantha Wilson 2nd Natasha Connor Class 9. Historical Costume 1st Natasha Connor 2nd Samantha Wilson 3rd Carol Rogerson

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Harlequin Trophy 1st Samantha Wilson 2nd Carol Rogerson 3rd Natasha Connor 4th Karrie McGill 5th Susan Terris-Weir Results of the Heather Carstairs Dressage League 2015

1st Marjorie Grant with Glenbanchor Somerled 2nd Helen Scott Watson with Mardenway Highflyer 3rd Carenza Dickens with Doonagore Boy

Results of the SSA Area 9 Performance points 2015 Adult Open Equitation Salver 2015 Champion – Sam Wilson Performance Points Trophy 2015 Champion – Sam Wilson Best Newcomer 2016 Natasha Connor – (Junior) Afan Spy Best Junior 2016 Plada Salver Natasha Connor – (Junior) Afan Spy

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SSA 9 Member News

Thought my kindred spirit side saddle enthusiasts might appreciate this photograph taken on a photoshoot last autumn at Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire, by kind permission from the Duke of Buccleuch. This is Pebbly Penni Farthing (affectionately known as Princess!) ridden by her maid Carol Rogerson! Wearing a Busvine black vintage habit which has the original label inside sewn into the lining and was tailored in 1927 for Lady Fenshaw - a lucky find indeed!

Photographed by David Ho of Horse Photography Scotland – see more details of their services on the website -

Remember to send your photos for the newsletters, I’m sure other members would love to see them.

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SSA News

Note from the Association to all members –

The Side Saddle Association


JUNE 2016

Part time (an average 4 hours per week for 48 weeks p.a. Please note

volume of work differs across the year to meet the needs of the

Association’s processes)

Self employed

Office home based

Honorarium paid monthly

Knowledge of Budgeting and Accounting plus Sage, PayPal and Direct

Debit management would be advantageous

Further details may be obtained from:

Please send a letter of application and supporting CV by

Monday 28th March 2016 to:

Ms S M Lane

Hon. General Secretary

The Side Saddle Association

The Lodge

Glebe Farm

Broughton Astley



Tel: 01455 208345

Mobile: 07442 504071


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SSA News

DO YOU HUNT REGULARLY? The Association offers a Hunt Button to those who regularly enjoy a days hunting. The button is to be worn on your waistcoat replacing the bottom button. To apply for a Side Saddle Association Hunt Button those who regularly hunt should have your Hunt Master acknowledge that you do in writing by means of a letter which should be sent to The Association General Secretary, Sally Lane whose contact details are in your handbook.

SSA Area 9 items for sale Saddles for sale please contact Heather Carstairs telephone 01764 682207 or 07977 422101 16.5" Mayhew, medium/wide, outside girth, show condition, complete. £2600 ono 17" Mayhew, medium/wide, outside girth, show condition, complete. £2700 ono 17" Edinburgh maker? Medium/wide, inside girth, complete. £2000 ono 18" ? Remnants of 3rd pommel wide on foam pad, could be made into a wickham pad. £400 ono

Final note from Editor: Good luck with the side saddle competition season 2016. Thank you!

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CONTACTS SSA AREA 9 CHAIRMAN Fiona Young Burnpark Cleugh Brae West Calder West Lothian EH55 8NA Tel: 01506 873 177 Email: SSA AREA 9 SECRETARY Carol Rogerson Alton Farm Thornhill Dumfriesshire DG3 4AH Tel: 01848 600223 Mobile: 0796 714 7219

Email: SSA AREA 9 TREASURER Marjorie Grant 23 Thistle Place Scone By Perth PH2 6RX

Tel: 07753 803649


Scotland PH2 6RX