“Fair price” paid. 

People are being urged to check their attics, tackrooms or barns for long forgotten side saddles.

The plea comes from the Side Saddle Association (SSA), which promotes the elegant equestrian art, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. 

“Our aim is to uphold the tradition of side saddle riding - but without side saddles, we do not have a future,” says Sally Lane, SSA honorary secretary. 

“Do you have, or know of, any side saddles not currently in use, or simply left lying around?” 

Sally adds that the SSA appreciates saddles may have sentimental value. 

The Side Saddle Association hopes to unearth unwanted side saddles to foster the future of this most elegant form of riding.

“So perhaps people would consider bequeathing, leasing or selling them to one of our area groups or an individual member?” she says.  

“Our members are prepared to pay a fair price and will unreservedly cherish and take pride in using and/or owning it. So please don’t be afraid to entrust your valued side saddle to the next generation.” 

The SSA has good contacts with saddlers who specialise in side saddle repairs and restoration, but say they always welcome more to express an interest. 

A highlight of the SSA’s golden anniversary will be the three-day National Side Saddle Show at Addington Equestrian on 26 – 28 July. 

As well as competitions, there will be tradestands. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.