Aside World Magazine

 Fall 2019 Issue 

International Side Saddle Organization

President's Letter

October 2019

 

Hey, Aside Riders! 

 

Autumn has arrived, though barely recognizable to me. Earlier this year I relocated from New Jersey to Florida. “Autumn” here appears to translate to afternoons in the LOW nineties. My ‘ponies’ are  confused.

How has your autumn season going? We’d love to hear what y’all have been doing aside.  BTW – Jen Stevenson’s autumn version of Camp Leaping Horn is on the schedule and will take place November 7-9, 2019 in Hunterdon County, NJ. Contact Jen for more info. And yes, I plan to pack my parka and come join in the fun!

Keep in mind that 2020 is just around the corner (sorta).  If you are one who plans ahead – plan to join us at the PA Horse World Expo in Harrisburg, PA Feb 27-Mar 1st. Stop by and say “hi”, share pix, let us know what you’ve been doing aside.  If you’d like to donate a couple hours to ‘booth-sit’ and chat with folks about riding aside, please contact me @ shelly.liggett@gmail.com. I’ll put you on the schedule!

Our trusty annual meeting committee is working on plans for the Annual Banquet and workshop. We’ll let you know location soon as final details are firmly in place.

I want to call your attention to an article herein by ISSO Board Member,  Dr.  Maryanne Ost about head trauma. Read and HEED. I am one of many paying the price for hitting the ground helmetless over the years. In defense of my parents, I’m in my mid 70s and started riding Saddlebreds/saddle-seat as a young child. We wore derbies in competition and nothing protective on a daily basis. We were kids, we played games, ‘rough-housed’ on horseback and tumbled off uncountable numbers of times. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I went off (with helmet) on pavement and ended up being lectured by an EMT. I went to a Dr. who shook his head when we chatted about my long history of falls. There weren’t a scary number, but I didn’t wear helmets regularly until I was about 50. And those helmets weren’t anywhere near as well constructed and protective as today’s helmets.  Bottomline:

I am paying the price - as are my friends and family who listen to me ask about things I should remember and don’t.  WEAR YOUR HELMETS!

Sincerely,

Shelly Liggett

Pres., ISSO

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