If you are going to be anywhere near us on August 20th or 21st you should come. We have been so lucky to get to know Susan, and we cannot say enough about how wonderful she is. We are all going to be in Virginia the weekend of August 13th, and we asked Susan if she would come stay with us and do a clinic before she went back to Ireland and she said “YES!” She and our other gal pal Stephanie Boyer who owns Grey Lake Stables with her soon-to-be husband Ivan Dowling will be jetting in on Friday the 20th and staying with us for the weekend! (Ivan, by the way, was the Huntsman for Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds for over a decade!) Grey Lake Stables http://bit.ly/29St0bA is a lovely farm in Unionville, PA where they train and sell quality foxhunters, timber racing horses and retrain off-the-track thoroughbreds.
If you don’t realize what a unique opportunity this really is, here are just a couple of other things Susan has done….
In addition to her world records, Susan Oakes’ other numerous accomplishments include:
- Won the Irish Hunt Horse competition riding Croboy Rambo.
- Represented Ireland numerous times eventing at junior level.
- Rode side saddle in two movies, including Lassie.
- Set the world record for side saddle jumping at 6’5” over the triple bar.
- Set a world record for jumping side saddle on a Connemara pony over a puissance wall at 1.35m.
- First woman to open an international puissance competition by jumping the puissance wall aside.
- Won the inaugural running of the “Dianas of the Chase” side saddle race in England (with a bitless bridle).
- First jockey, male or female, to win a race over three miles and 15 fences in a bitless bridle.
- Rode in the world-famous La Touché cup at the Punchestown Racecourse twice.
- Represented Ireland in the world Arab racing series.
- Organized two record setting gatherings for ladies hunting side saddle, with 50 ladies in 2013 with Meath Hunt and 62 ladies in 2014 with the Tara Harriers Hunt.
- Master of the Grallagh Harriers Hunt in Ireland from 2013 – 2016.
- Rode aside in the inaugural 170th reenactment steeplechase race from Doneraile to Buttevant.
- Took 2nd place in the first ever running of a side saddle flat race in Wincanton, UK.
- Participated in a side saddle jumping display at the opening ceremony of the European Championships in Aachen, Germany in 2015 with 50,000 guests in attendance.
- Holds the astride Irish ladies’ puissance record. So, we’re just saying, she’s done some stuff!!!
So, we’re just sayin, she’s got some street cred!!!
Here are the details for the clinic!
We hope you can join us for all or part of this! There is also a rumor that Middy N’ Me will be coming for the weekend too. let’s see, the last time we were all together it took me a month to recuperate and we will be hanging in Virginia the weekend before too….look out!
Make your plans!!!!!