I am Paula, I started riding aside when I was 15 years old. I had an instructor that used to show aside. Our farm was hosting a recognized show with a sidesaddle division. At the time 6 riders were needed for points to count, and there were only 5 ladies who sent in their entries. This stable had quite a few aside riders, but for some reason only 5 sent their entries. My instructor asked if I wanted to ride aside. I said YES! she gave me 3 lessons before the show, I borrowed a saddle, a habit, and went in the ladies class. I got reserve champion behind her. I was hooked! my parents bought me a sidesaddle for Christmas, and from there I continued riding, and learning.
This is Bandito, the horse I learned on.