2015 Year in Review

2015 was a big year for Kentucky Sidesaddle (KYSS). The club membership grew tremendously thanks to our inaugural fall clinic in 2014, and we won the American Sidesaddle Association‘s Expansion Award for most new members!

Club President, Samantha Peterson, and club Treasurer, Kimberly Cornelius, joined American Sidesaddle Association, and Southern Ohio Ladies Aside (SOLA) President, Maggie Herlensky on an epic 23-hour round-trip road trip to North Carolina to accept a donation of Elan sidesaddles from Marti Friddle, ASA’s Director at Large. The saddles were then distributed to regional clubs for use in demonstrations and clinics, and one was raffled as a fundraiser for ASA.

Kentucky Sidesaddle members participated with members of other regional clubs in 2015 Pegasus Parade, held in Louisville, KY as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival. The ASA team won the award for Best Mounted Unit, celebrating Louisville by giving a nod to the Kentucky Derby, and dressing as jockeys.

In June, club Treasurer Kimberly attended the 2015 Awards Banquet hosted by Chicagoland Aside (CHICA), where she accepted the Expansion Award for the club, and the Helping Hands award for her work in organizing clinics.

In July, KYSS and SOLA members turned out in force for Breyerfest, at the Kentucky Horse Park. We had a huge turnout, parading through the ring showing off habits and costumes representing different eras throughout history, from medieval to Steampunk, and also region – KYSS member Cindy Sither rode her Akhal Teke, Garpun, in traditional Turkmenistan attire.

The following weekend, KYSS set up a table in the Big Barn, and supported ASA members from Georgia, New York, and Tennessee as they gave a special sidesaddle demonstration for the Kentucky Horse Park‘s Parade of Breeds, during Hats Off Day Weekend, which celebrates the horse industry in Kentucky.

In October, we hosted our second Fall clinic at Masterson Station Park, where we again had a fabulous turnout. This was followed up by group participation in the Georgetown, KY Festival of the Horse Show, the next day.

2016 is shaping up to be bigger, and better than ever! We hope you’ll join us!

Raising funds to put “Seats in Seats”

Kentucky Sidesaddle is hosting a fundraiser for the purchase and maintenance of a sidesaddle or two, for use in lessons and in clinics with Samantha Peterson, our President and certified Judge/Instructor/Clinician. We are also hoping to use some of the funds toward the research and development of a safe, affordable, sidesaddle. Please visit the campaign to donate and also please share!

A Great Day!

Thank you to all who attended the clinic at Masterson Station Park on Saturday! We had a fantastic day.

We’ve added five new members to Kentucky Sidesaddle and to the American Sidesaddle Association.

Stay tuned to this site and to our Facebook pages for information on future events and gatherings.

If you wish to join but forgot to fill out a form, please email us at kysidesaddle@gmail.com. Membership to both Kentucky Sidesaddle and the American Sidesaddle Association were covered by the clinic fee.

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2014 Sidesaddle Clinic

We are looking forward to seeing everyone this Saturday, October 4th.

Some important notes:

Leestown Road has been under heavy construction, so we recommend coming in the Equestrian / North entrance off Spurr Road. (Georgetown Road (US 25) to Spurr Road (KY 1977), and then to Shamrock Lane)

Saturday’s weather is predicted to be cool (56*) and damp (40% chance of showers. Please where layers to keep warm. While we will be under cover of the indoor and barn, it is still chilly.

There will be a variety of liquid refreshments provided and we’ll partake in a pot luck lunch after the clinic.

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