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To Compete, Perchance to Win. Ladies Side Saddle Returns to the 2014 RDS Dublin Horse show

Cheryl Power & Whitfield Jack of Hearts in action

Cheryl Power & Whitfield Jack of Hearts in action

When the ladies side saddle class returned to the show ring in the 2014 RDS Dublin Horseshow it was not filled with professional riders on professional show horses. Instead the ring was filled with a variety of horses and riders that served as a beautiful demonstration of versatility. The majority of these riders were not professionals and each one had earned their right to be there by competing successfully at one of the four qualifiers held earlier in the year. The class included show horses, hunters, ex race horses and all-rounders. Likewise the riders themselves hailed from different backgrounds and disciplines from hunting to point to pointing.

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The Balmoral of The Story

Sarah and Ralph (left) and Dolly and I (right) at Balmoral

Sarah and Ralph (left) and Dolly and I (right) at Balmoral

So this week the giant orange and I went to Balmoral to ride side saddle. I entered the show during an emotional month and after a few drinks about 10 weeks ago. It seemed like a great idea at a the time and seemed like a terrifying and ambitious idea on the day. I learned a lot.

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