The Esther Everhart Memorial Invitational Side Saddle Chase

The Esther Everhart Memorial Invitational Side Saddle Chase

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Thank you Middleburg Photo's Karen & Doug for sharing coverage from Virginia Sportsman magazines race article!
From the Oatlands' gala held on April 25, 2015; riders from our side saddle race were guests! Thank you to The Piedmont Virginian magazine for highlighting such a fun evening.
I think this quote, which was about the Volvo Cup sailboat race, applies to our April 2015 race as well!
Donna Rogers and Anne Sittmann, celebrating the life of Janet Hitchen today in Middleburg.
TCF congratulates Devon Zebrovious, winner of the Side Saddle Chase Over Fence and Anne Sittmann winner of the Side Saddle Chase Flat at the The Esther Everhart Memorial Invitational Side Saddle Chase at Oatlands this past Sunday!

A special thanks to Asmar Equestrian for donating the All Weather Rider for the award, and to all the riders for an exciting afternoon!
Well done, ladies!! Congratulations to ALL!! Congrats & applause to Maggie Johnston and Devon Zebrovious for their tireless efforts in getting this included on the race card!! Appreciative & a tip of the hat to all who helped out!! Congrats and cheers to the winners and their horses -as well as all who turned out to race -you knew all eyes would be on you and that is brave in itself! Hope this becomes an annual event!
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Winner of the Flat Race, Anne Sittmann on Moneytrain with Nick Greenwell!!
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The Mrs. George Everhart Memorial Invitational Chase is the first side saddle race to be held in Ame George Everhart Memorial Chase is the first side saddle race to be held in the United States since the 1930s.

This invitational race will be held during the Loudoun Hunt Point to Point Races, Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg, VA on Sunday, April 12, 2015. It will be a primarily flat race for a distance of approximately 1 mile, run on natural turf. It is open to women, men, and juniors - they just must be riding aside! In addition to a prize for the race winner and ribbons through sixth place, there will be two additional awards for Fastest Junior Rider (under 18 yrs) and Best Turned Out.

EXHIBITION RACES - 2015 04/20/2015

EXHIBITION RACES - 2015

A few photos taken by Richard Clay: http://www.richardclayphotography.com/g/exhibition_races_-_2015#l_lh-pp-2015-021_121_6_1

EXHIBITION RACES - 2015 Original images are 8x12. Sizes other than 4x6 and 8x12 will be cropped at the left/right edges. The 'panorama' type images can only be ordered as an 8x12 (They will actually be printed as 6x12 with a 1" inch border on the top and bottom).

04/20/2015

Some photos of our race and the others at Loudoun: http://stirlingr.smugmug.com/RegionalLife/2015-Loudoun-Equine-Scene/

Timeline photos 04/16/2015

How about this for next year, ladies? :)

Side Saddle Races / Loudoun Hunt Point-To -Point At Oalands - Valerie Durbon 04/16/2015

Side Saddle Races / Loudoun Hunt Point-To -Point At Oalands - Valerie Durbon

Valerie took the great picture that is the new cover photo on this page. http://www.valeriedurbonphotography.com/Events/Side-Saddle-Races-Loudoun-Hunt/i-swZB4qW

Side Saddle Races / Loudoun Hunt Point-To -Point At Oalands - Valerie Durbon Additional pictures will be uploaded in the next few days. Please visit again

Moneytrain back in winner’s circle (sidesaddle) 04/16/2015

Moneytrain back in winner’s circle (sidesaddle)

A lovely article on the winning flat race rider Anne Sittmann and her former Gr. III-winning hurdle horse, Moneytrain!: http://thisishorseracing.com/news/index.php/flying-changes/3084-money-train-back-in-winner-s-circle-sidesaddle

Moneytrain back in winner’s circle (sidesaddle) Retired racehorse Moneytrain loves his new life as a fox hunter, and occasional sidesaddle racer.

Photos from The Scout Guide Hunt Country's post 04/15/2015

Thank you, Scout Guide!

Timeline photos 04/15/2015

Coverage in the UK!

We spotted a great article in The Times newspaper this morning about the growing popularity of Side Saddle in America. Well done ladies!

Side Saddle Steeplechase Returns to the U.S. | HORSE NATION 04/15/2015

Side Saddle Steeplechase Returns to the U.S. | HORSE NATION

http://www.horsenation.com/2015/04/14/side-saddle-steeplechase-returns-to-the-u-s/

Side Saddle Steeplechase Returns to the U.S. | HORSE NATION Check out the full report on the first side saddle steeplechase in the States since the 1930s, which ran on Sunday! The 49th annual Loudoun Point-to-Point...

Loudon Hunt Point to Point - Rough Coat Photography 04/14/2015

Loudon Hunt Point to Point - Rough Coat Photography

Some lovely pictures! http://roughcoatphoto.smugmug.com/Images-and-Event-Photos-for-Sa/Loudon-Hunt-Point-to-Point

Loudon Hunt Point to Point - Rough Coat Photography This gallery hosted by SmugMug; your photos look better here.

These women want to bring back sidesaddle riding. Is that okay? 04/14/2015

These women want to bring back sidesaddle riding. Is that okay?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/these-women-want-to-bring-back-sidesaddle-riding-is-that-okay/2015/04/13/80c72596-df95-11e4-a1b8-2ed88bc190d2_story.html

These women want to bring back sidesaddle riding. Is that okay? An exhibition race at the Loudoun Hunt drew fans. But is it a revival of a lost art or betrayal of early feminists?

Sidesaddle race at Leesburg plantation revives bygone tradition 04/13/2015

Sidesaddle race at Leesburg plantation revives bygone tradition

Washington Post coverage!

Sidesaddle race at Leesburg plantation revives bygone tradition It was the first time in more than a half-century that such a competition was held in the United States.

Loudoun Hunt Point-To-Point 2015 - MiddleburgPhoto 04/13/2015

Loudoun Hunt Point-To-Point 2015 - MiddleburgPhoto

What a grand group of ladies!

Loudoun Hunt Point-To-Point 2015 - MiddleburgPhoto Photographing life in the Virginia Piedmont, Middleburg Photo specializes in wedding, senior and family portraits and equestrian sports.

Timeline photos 04/13/2015

The two winners, Anne Sittmann and Devon Zebrovious, having some celebratory champagne after the race!

04/13/2015

A huge thank you to race rider Cathi Grove, who generously made up individualized gift bags for each rider/horse! It was such a thoughtful and appreciated gesture, and was a true demonstration of the kind of classy, competitive, gutsy rider that the race was designed to showcase. Thanks again Cathi!

Official Results from Central Entry Office! 04/13/2015

Official Results from Central Entry Office!

04/12/2015

Anne Sittmann on Moneytrain winning the flat section

04/12/2015

Congratulations to all of the riders in the race today! What a fantastic group of riders and horses. The jumping group almost ended in a photofinish! Here are the results:

Jumping Section:
1. Devon Zebrovious/Quest
2. Sarah O'Halloran/Patrick
3. Bernadette Boland/King of Hearts
4. Maureen Britell/Gentleman Jack
5. Cathi Grove/ R Montana
6. Tracey Cover/Brandywine
7. Dillyn Ketterman/Always Elegant

Flat Section:
1. Anne Sittmann/Moneytrain
2. Christina Mulqueen/Figure It Out
3. Mrs. Eric Strom/Noble
4. Amy Wodaski/Copperline
5. Riot's Maeve/Kelly Borkowski
6. Mrs. Robert Johnson III/Cattywampus

04/12/2015

Tomorrow is the big day! Post time for the jumping group is 12:00 pm, and the non-jumping group goes at 12:30 pm. The horses will be in the paddock 15 min before each race. We are looking forward to seeing our supporters and sponsors there! Please remember that the traffic on rte 15 will be VERY heavy, with typical delays of 15-30+ min to get into Oatlands, so please leave early enough so that you don't miss the ladies!

Timeline photos 04/07/2015

Thank you to all of our award sponsors!

Oatlands Point-to-Point Runs Sunday; Ladies Sidesaddle Race Added To Roster 04/07/2015

Oatlands Point-to-Point Runs Sunday; Ladies Sidesaddle Race Added To Roster

A nice article by Margaret Morton just appeared in "Leesburg Today":
http://www.leesburgtoday.com/community_life/oatlands-point-to-point-runs-sunday-ladies-sidesaddle-race-added/article_d191d61a-dc84-11e4-8358-2b9307c1e118.html

Oatlands Point-to-Point Runs Sunday; Ladies Sidesaddle Race Added To Roster This year marks the 49th annual running of the Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point races at Oatlands, which will be held Sunday, April 12 at the historic property on Rt. 15 six miles south of Leesburg.

04/07/2015

**BREAKING NEWS**
Sunday’s Side Saddle Race has been split! The first group of lady riders will run at 12:00 noon. This will be the jumping group. The second group will be the racers who will run on the flat. They will begin at 12:30 PM.

Awards will be presented first to the jumping group, then to the flat racers. The silver perpetual tray to the 1st place rider will reflect both race winners, on the flat and over the fence. Our presenters will now have the opportunity to present their awards twice, giving them additional exposure at this high-profile event!

We realize that this is a somewhat last minute change, however this is being done with the safety of our riders and horses in mind. Races are routinely split with 10 or more riders, and we have 14 entered.

So get ready to experience twice the sideways excitement on Sunday!

Photos from The Esther Everhart Memorial Invitational Side Saddle Chase's post 04/07/2015

We have been very fortunate to have the volunteer support of legends in the world of steeplechase racing and side saddle as we have been organizing this race. Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Fishback will lead the ladies on their course walk this Saturday. Attached is a brief biography and some amazing shots of Jerry during his racing years. Also, Denise Lee Hamilton, of Aiken, SC, will judge the best turned out award. She has a long history of riding, showing, and hunting side saddle. Her biography is also attached.

03/31/2015

We are excited to announce that the following riders have accepted their invitations to compete in the Mrs. George C. Everhart Memorial Invitational Race on Sunday, April 12:

Bernadette Boland
Kelly Borkowski
Maureen Conroy Britell
Tracey Cover
Teresa Croce
Cathi Grove
Maggie Johnston
Dillyn Riley Ketterman-Millnick
Christina Mulqueen
Sarah Cole O'Halloran
Anne Sittmann
Robin Somers-Strom
Amy Wodaski
Devon Zebrovious

Post time is 12:00 noon -- see you there!

03/30/2015

All of the rider assessments have been completed, and invitations to compete were sent out this morning. We will post a final list of the competing riders this week - stay tuned!

Timeline photos 03/25/2015

Timeline photos

Timeline photos 03/24/2015

Timeline photos

03/23/2015

Video of some of the ladies out with Snickersville yesterday. Are you ready to watch them on April 12?? :)

Noel Asmar Equestrian Lends Support to Rare Side Saddle Steeplechase Race | Horse & Style Magazine 03/18/2015

Noel Asmar Equestrian Lends Support to Rare Side Saddle Steeplechase Race | Horse & Style Magazine

Thank you so much to Noel Asmar Equestrian for their support and donation to the race! http://horseandstylemag.com/mosiac/asmar-equestrian-side-saddle-steeplechase.html

Noel Asmar Equestrian Lends Support to Rare Side Saddle Steeplechase Race | Horse & Style Magazine Noel Asmar Equestrian is known for its expertly tailored apparel, innovative style and the ability to create a renewed excitement for a traditional sport through fashion. This excitement for classic equestrian style and sport is being taken to a new level with the brand’s recent support for the inau…

03/12/2015

With the race 30 days out, and our qualifying/training day only a short time away, we now have to close our list of riders hoping to qualify (16!) in order to maintain a safe race at Loudoun. If you were interested in riding, please start planning now to join us in 2016! Regards, Devon & Maggie

Timeline photos 03/10/2015

Are you ready ladies? The race is just over a month away!

03/09/2015

Devon and Maggie would like to thank everyone that came out to the wine tasting event in support of the race at Greenhill Winery yesterday. It was a fantastic event, with superb Greenhill wine and tasty appetizers from Salamander, and huge support from the local racing and hunting community. Many, many thanks go out to Kelly Jordan Sweeny for the monumental task of organizing the door prizes, and to all of the interested race riders and businesses that donated items.

The Side Saddle Chase 03/06/2015

The Side Saddle Chase

The race has made TSG Equestrian! http://equestrian.usa.thescoutguide.com/post/112724042364/the-side-saddle-chase

The Side Saddle Chase Side saddle was once the only proper way for a lady to ride, with women doing everything aside that men did astride: hunting, racing, and showing. (Think Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley galloping...

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