Jessica lives in the Northeast, so she was lucky enough to be able to attend the ISSO Annual Meeting & Clinic which was held on March 28 and 29, 2009 in North East, MD. The clinic was held at Fairwinds Farm in Cecil County and Jessica was nice enough to share not only her first time riding experience with us, but also some pictures!
She rode her own horse, Queaka, who is affectionately known as Squeaky. Squeaky is a 19 yr old Thoroughbred and although Jessica did bring her own sidesaddle, it was determined that something needed to be fixed so that it was a better fit for her. In these photos, she is using one of the instructors saddles.
This all day event was not only a riders clinic taught by Jeanie Whithed & Heidi Opdyke but also an instructors clinic."It was very cold and rainy all day, but I had so much fun! I did all 3 gaites. We learned so much, especially from Linda Flemmer, who gave a presentation about the sidesaddles." Being nosey, I had to ask what the cost was....only $40.00! Jessica also commented on how many saddles they had there for sale, "15 or 20!"