People always ask me why I ride side saddle and how I got into the discipline. The short answer is – I don’t really know where the notion or desire came from to do something that most people would consider a ludicrous and dead discipline but I am certain that I was born into the wrong era!
A chance encounter 9 years ago gave me the ability to try a side saddle that was for sale and I haven’t looked back since.
I have shown and won up to National and Royal level and given just about every discipline a go while riding aside from showing to show jumping, dressage to hunting and even western.
From the love for the discipline and an aspiration to share it with all, I built ‘Same Side Equestrian’ a niche business dedicated to all things side saddle. Through my business, I feel honoured to have introduced 100s of horses and riders to this amazing discipline over the years with so many more exciting things for the sport to come. I am thrilled to be able to educate the wider equestrian community and share my passion for side saddle through a platform such as Equitana.
Visit Stacey Rusic at the following sessions
Thursday November 10th
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
Schockemohle Sports Demonstration Arena
Side Saddle through the ages & into modern day
We’ll look at the origins of side saddle and the physical adaption of the saddle through the centuries to what we know it as today and why it adapted the way it did.
Parts of the side and their function, fitting a horse and rider for a side saddle correctly and how it differs to that of an astride saddle. Correct rider turnout/dress through the ages and into the modern day. Where you can/can’t ride side within Australia and how certain association rules (like whip length) may affect you. Choosing a horse to ride side saddle.
Saturday November 12th
2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
DEG Australia Demonstration Arena
The Art of riding Side Saddle
In this session we’ll be covering all the basics of various ways of mounting, correct rider position at halt and through all paces on both reins (walk, trot, canter gallop, possibly a jump?).
The correct use of a cane/whip in place of the leg and rider weight aids to achieve the same outcomes as when riding aside. How to dismount.