Sidesaddle Riders

The original way for ladies to ride, SIDESADDLE!! For those who ride, enjoy watching or want to learn more about sidesaddle.

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Latest Activity: Jun 23, 2016

Attention Alberta Sidesaddle Riders! We now have a club: The Alberta Sidesaddle Association (affectionately called the "Twisted Sisters")

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Tips for the beginner 1 Reply

Seek professional help.  Even if it's via e-mail, contact someone from one of the sidesaddle organizations for some assistance, that's what they're there for.  The awesome thing I've found about…Continue

Started by Shimmer E. Last reply by Robin Fleener Feb 8, 2012.

western side saddle 1 Reply

Hello all side saddle riders,I am looking for a show western side saddle, light color with silver. It must fit an arabian back and be at least 21" long for my seat. The width should be 14" across the…Continue

Started by Deb Farnsworth. Last reply by Shimmer E Jan 12, 2011.

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Comment by Bernadette Boland on December 5, 2011 at 6:08pm

I am looking for a side saddle but don't really know where to start. I have looked at the tack exchange but they don't have a great selection.... they are all too small. If I am an 18 in. in my hunter saddle how do I measure the side saddle or is it more like how comfortable it is? I really do not know! Any tips would be extremely helpful!

Comment by Carmel Marie on December 2, 2011 at 9:39pm

New to this group, I don't ride sidesaddle, yet! However my aunt is part of CA Aside riders. Here is a picture of myself trying out her new western sidesaddle

Comment by Kate Green on November 30, 2011 at 10:48am

I do not currently have a sidesaddle, but hope to in the future.  I am curious and very interested in riding aside.  I used to ride bareback and occasionally id pull my right leg over the wither to the proper position for a slow walk.  I liked testing my balance like that. 

Comment by Annamarie de la Torre on November 30, 2011 at 6:10am

Hi I am new to the sidesaddle but am learning to ride one. I am part of an Esczramuza team(Woman's Mexican Drill Team), and in order to compete we have to ride sidesaddle. The side saddle we ride in is caled an Alvarda. I currently have a side saddle but it is to small for my leg. I have long legs, and I am a big girl so trying to find a pre-made saddle in my size is hard. My husband has a friend who is going to have one made for me in Mexico. Any suggestions, like on how to measure? that is the biggest concern.

Comment by Shimmer E on October 17, 2011 at 11:39pm
Wow, welcome to fall hey?!  I haven't been on here in MONTHS so I feel like I'm neglecting it.  Have any of you ladies had any new sidesaddle adventures this year?  I went on an hour and a half long trail ride aside for Trails for Troops at the Edmonton Garrison this previous July 1.  I had a blast on a friend's 19-year-old Hanovarian gelding.  He was so cooperative!  I went in full costume of course.  They actually gave me a prize for it too!  lol 
Comment by Shimmer E on April 3, 2011 at 9:45am

The other side...

Comment by Shimmer E on April 3, 2011 at 9:38am

Well, here's my big fuzzy modeling her work of art from the amazing Bett-Lynn Tattersalls!  Betty-Lynn named my saddle the "Canadian Patriot" so I call her Patty for short.  I haven't been up on her yet, it's spring and there is NO footing out here, but I'm just itching to! 

Thank you again for the amazing work Betty-Lynn.  It's just amazing!


Comment by Shimmer E on February 2, 2011 at 11:25pm

If any of you ladies are in the Edmonton area, I want to let you know about an opportunity to get involved with a sidesaddle clinic and demonstration.  May 27 - 29 is the Horse Showcase held at Fultonvale arena (Sherwood Park).  On Saturday May 28, they will be hosting a 2-hour sidesaddle clinic and there is still room for approximately 4 riders.  Cost is very reasonable, only $35/rider plus possible haul-in fee if the weather warrants we take it to an indoor arena.  If you'd like to stay for the demonstrations on the Sunday, May 29, you would be more then welcome!  Please contact me for more info. 


Comment by Leila Marvin on January 1, 2011 at 5:21pm
WOW!!! I can't wait to see your side saddle when it's finished!!! So exciting!
Comment by Shimmer E on January 1, 2011 at 4:44pm
I went and visited my sidesaddle a few days ago.  It's looks AMAZING!!  Betty-Lynn is just amazing and the sweetest lady too!  I'm going to post a couple of pictures of the saddle under construction, so feel free to go look through my pictures.  My daughter even sat on one newly finished and ready to hit Sweeden, I believe. 

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