Wednesday, December 23, 2009

GIVE AWAY!

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyful Kwanzaa! Happy New Year! It is time for a Give Away!

I started this blog just about a year ago and was not sure if it would survive. Heck - I was not sure I would survive this new venture! Now I know that I am hooked and that I believe my passion and this blog will continue to grow. So, in celebration, I am going to have a fun give away...and hope to have many more in the future.

If you just leave a comment on this post, I will enter your name in the drawing....for this canvas tote bag...
..and this journal! Deadline to enter is midnight December 31, 2009.If you are new to riding aside, you can use this journal to keep notes about your sidesaddle adventures! Good Luck!

39 comments:

jennybean79 said...

Well - I think those are beautiful, and I love both of your blogs! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Braymere said...

I make scale model horse tack and your blog has been a big inspiration to me as far as sidesaddle references. Here's a look at the one sidesaddle I made in 2009: http://braymere.blogspot.com/2009/04/something-new.html
I expect there will be a least a couple more in 2010.

Merry Christmas!

Hosanna said...

Gorgeous. Count me in!

Turn-n-burn82 said...

HEY! Just got your email this morning! As I said I love the blog!!1 Keep up the good work! And I must say you and Oliver looks absolutely stunnign together in all your riding aside gear:)

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Julie,
Please count me in for these great gifts! I'd be thrilled to be lucky enough to win.
Patricai :o)

sunvalleysally said...

Julie, re: your previous post with the photo of the Ollie kisses. (LOVE those horsie kisses, givin' and gettin'!!) I was looking at your top pommel and from the angle of the photo it appears to be a wide-set pommel. Is that right? If so, you being a tiny person dealing with a wide-set pommel, that in itself might be the key to the posting-trot issues. Try this: get some 1-inch wool felt, cut to fit pommel shape and vet-wrap it to the inside of the pommel (e.g., next to your leg) which when mounted will push your leg closer to the midline of the saddle's seat. Just a thought.

Re: Saddlebred Rescue: I sure wish I was geographically closer to SBR as if I was, I would apply to adopt one or two of their rescues. But I have to content myself with reading their forum stories about these rescues because horse shipping costs from the east coast to the west coast are frighteningly prohibitive. I can spend the same amount of money helping horses out here and "do more good" (including my rescued draftie, 3/4 Belgian from the PMU fallout). Have thought for some time there needs to be a sort of "underground railroad" for transporting rescues but frankly don't think the horse transport people would be too keen on helping subsidize the problem of shipping costs.

SmartAlex said...

I'm leaving my comment on behalf of my Mom who just emailed me and said... "Put your name on the list!". Mom has never ventured to learn to comment, so put mine down as "Mom of SmartAlex" ;-)

Are you going to tell these readers what I put BIll up to?

sunvalleysally said...

Julie - assuming you saw the Trot posts today about the SBR fundraiser? (Bill Marple, sidesaddle....what I wouldn't give to see THAT).

Cspiritfarm said...

Those are lovely! Please count me in!

I have been following your blogs for about a year and have enjoyed them both immensely. Merry Christmas!

KD said...

I've just recently started following your blog because it is different and fun!

Merry Christmas!

Mel said...

I want to be entered!!!!!!

scot7 said...

LOVE THIS BLOG!!! LOVE SADDLEBREDS!! AND THE ELEGANT OF SIDESADDLE!WHAT MORE COULD WE WANT!KEEP IT UP I WILL BE READING AND FOLLOWING!

dressapp said...

Merry Christmas. I love all the pretty artwork. Maybe one day I'll get to ride side saddle. ^_^

Fantastyk Voyager said...

I have never ridden aside except for throwing a leg over the saddle horn in fun. I am in awe of all you ladies who do ride aside. It is a lovely extension to the wonderful sport of horsebackriding and I would love to actually try it someday.

Ginger said...

Hi Julie:
I would like to be entered into your giveaway for the neat tote bag.
Ginger

Sydney said...

This is gorgeous.
When money and time allows it I would love to get a sidesaddle. However theres no one who teaches/knows anything for hours.

sidesaddle5 said...

What a lovely idea--especially at Christmas! But even sweeter was the post about your ride once things dried up. Yeah, you *do* love that horse!

Be sure to keep taking pictures of your sidesaddle exploits--remember I'll need all sorts for the new book!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Merry Christmas, Julie! I wish you a very happy New Years too, since we've known each other for quite awhile in blogland. Of course, sign me up for the giveaway.

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

I enjoyed my visit to your blog very much. Merry Christmas.

Elizabeth

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

What a lovely giveway! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

LaurieAnna

Charmingdesigns said...

Hi Julie, thanks for coming by. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!! Please sign me up for your lovely giveaway!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hi Julie, thanks for letting me know about your giveaway. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Theresa

Gayla said...

How elegant! I love this. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks for the sweet comments.

Cherry Hill Cottage~ said...

thanks for the invite, sweet here!

Merry Merry Christmas!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

What a great giveaway! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Hi Julie, this is my first time at your Riding Aside blog. Thanks so much for telling me about it. Beautiful blog!

I'm adding it to my list.

Merry Christmas and all the best in 2010!

Lynne Laura said...

Hi Julie,

I am so glad you stopped by! I have been thinking about you often. Please include me in your free giveaway!

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

phaedra96 said...

Merry Christmas, Julie. A very Happy New Year. May it be a good one. And, (lifting glass with slushy rum stuff that MIL made in it) here is to Oliver who, without him, none of this would be as good as it it with him.

SolitaireMare said...

I love your blog and have been a reader since it's beginning. I Have recommended it several times to other bloggers and they thanked me for such a great resource. I wish you more years of sharing your blog with us!

Nina said...

they are beautiful. that's so interesting that you've always wanted to ride side saddle? why? I'm not a horse rider so the regular saddle kinda freaks me out. so you wear a dress when doing so?

Lida said...

Lovely blog and horse. Once you are smitten by a Saddlebred it is hard to ride anything else. :-) I imagine that riding sidesaddle is a fun challenge and I'm sure our smooth gaited saddlebreds make it more fun. My saddlebred is not gaited, but he sure has a smooth easy trot and canter. Great job!

Cheri said...

This was posted on a ASB group and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. I would love to try riding aside. I'm off to surf the web for more info!

Cowgirljenn said...

Great work on the blog, Julie!

Jenn from Texas Sidesaddle Riders

The Margarita Girls said...

Just found your blog today and I look forward to following it. :-) Count me in. I collect hunt scene pictures and the main criteria I have is that the picture must have a woman riding in it.


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Anonymous said...

These are really lovely items. The riding aside art really interests me! I keep up with this blog for a beautiful spot in my day.

dana said...

I don't know how I've missed this blog-I've always read your other one! I've just recently become interested in horses (post midlife crisis?). After being scared off from actually owning one because of potential vet bills, I've decided to volunteer with an organization R.O.C.K. that offers riding therapy for children! I would love to be entered in your giveaway!

April Dangerfield said...

I am really enjoying this blog, and reading your experiences learning sidesaddle. I hope one day to have my own experiences learning it, but for now enjoy reading everything you post!!! Hope you have a very happy new year!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh what a stunning giveaway Julie! I am so happy you are following your passion! You should do what you love :)
Hugs,
Amy

Vicki Robison said...

Both are beautiful! I am so happy I stumbled upon your blogs. Have a very merry holiday season.