Awareness of the outside world. WIHS: Charity Partners.
Photos by Deborah Rubin.
Back in the 80s, I rode in the side-saddle class at Washington. Through a fluke of organizing, the class was able to claim the title of World Champion. The story I heard was that they looked around, saw no one was using the title, grabbed it, and ran. The selection criteria was brutal. Your check had to clear. This was back when we sent checks to horse shows.
Thank you to the National Sporting Library and Museum for digital scans of the pages and covers. My copies went missing after a leak in my office.
Back to the horse show.
George & I entered for giggles. Our turnout was flawless. We looked awesome standing still. As soon as George took a step. Bzzzzzzt! Thank you for playing. We went back to defend our also-ran status the next year.
Down The Rabbit Hole
Institution memory is short. “We are excited to incorporate this new discipline into our program.” WIHS: Ladies’ Side Saddle Hunter returns to WIHS lineup. Not so new. At least the title writer got it right.
“The evening session features the $25,000 International Open Jumpers and the World Champion Ladies Sidesaddle Hunter (undersaddle) class.” Washington Post: SIDESADDLE IS FEATURED THIS WEEK, by Sarah L. Greenhalgh, 1998. Emphasis mine.
[Throwback Thursday, The Whatever Horse, Guest Photo] more George
[Saddle Seat Sidesaddle] photo
[26 Years] photo