SADDLING UP: Alexandra Newcombe rides sidesaddle on Irish Murphy at the Toowoomba Royal Show at the weekend.
SADDLING UP: Alexandra Newcombe rides sidesaddle on Irish Murphy at the Toowoomba Royal Show at the weekend. Contributed

Saddle up for Show horse riding talents

FEMALE riders will put a traditional twist on the Warwick Show horse events with a Sidesaddle and Working Hunters event on Saturday afternoon.

Sidesaddle is an historic alternative to the more common astride riding style, which affords female riders both control and modesty, but show competitor Lauren Hallman said the style was becoming more popular.

"I will be competing in sidesaddle for the first time this weekend," Ms Hallman said.

"I'm excited and nervous because it's much more technically difficult, but it is really fun."

Riders are expected to demonstrate galloping and jumping for the judges.

Ms Hallman, who has been showing on horses since she was 12, said competing in sidesaddle was more physically demanding.

"It can be difficult to come by a good saddle and they're easier to damage, especially the older ones can be more delicate, so I've learnt to care for them properly."

Jill Yeaman trained in saddlery after starting to ride sidesaddle at 15. She moved from the UK as a master saddler specialising in sidesaddles.

The event will feature a Victorian era saddle, a 1930s saddle, and a modern saddle Mrs Yeaman has made herself.

"In the UK it's getting big again but Australia is a bit behind," she said.

"There are sidesaddle associations in South Australia and Victoria but it's still lacking in Queensland."

"We want to encourage interest and have more riders involved.

"If anyone's interested they can get in touch, or if you have an old saddle, bring it along and see if it can be fixed up."

Horse events

Where: Warwick Showgrounds

When: Saturday



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