SSCF Rider & Horse Biographies

Get to know the fabulous sideways riders that compete in the SSCF's Racing, Fox Hunting, and Hunter Pace programs!

  Rider : Amy Jo Magee   Hometown : Coatesville, PA   Horse :  "Little Lady" (Lady) – 11 yr old, reg. Hanoverian mare (Landoenig x Lemon Park). I bred Lady, and I still have her dam on my farm.   Amy’s Background : I have competed in the 1.25m jumpers, evented through training level, and was the 2017 USEF National Ladies Side Saddle Reserve Champion (also on Lady). I am a registered nurse whose specialty is emergency medicine (with a focus on pediatrics). I am also a mother to two children, aged 7 and 9, and caretaker of our 13-acre farm, and a school nurse for a large, grades K-12, charter school. I have been riding sidesaddle for over 25 years, and it is my preferred way of riding due to an accident many years ago where I broke my back, pelvis, and left hip.   What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise? : I have been sidesaddle racing since the Cheshire point to point in 2016.   Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside? : Yes, I am a member of Kimberton Hunt (PA), and I also like to cap with other hunts as much as possible. I have only hunted astride once (my first time out), and after that I only hunt aside.   What got you interested in racing aside? : I love to do anything sidesaddle and I love galloping over these beautiful race courses.   What are your side saddle goals for 2018? : My biggest sidesaddle goal this year is to show aside in a National Hunter Derby at one of the USEF shows

Rider: Amy Jo Magee

Hometown: Coatesville, PA

Horse:  "Little Lady" (Lady) – 11 yr old, reg. Hanoverian mare (Landoenig x Lemon Park). I bred Lady, and I still have her dam on my farm.

Amy’s Background: I have competed in the 1.25m jumpers, evented through training level, and was the 2017 USEF National Ladies Side Saddle Reserve Champion (also on Lady). I am a registered nurse whose specialty is emergency medicine (with a focus on pediatrics). I am also a mother to two children, aged 7 and 9, and caretaker of our 13-acre farm, and a school nurse for a large, grades K-12, charter school. I have been riding sidesaddle for over 25 years, and it is my preferred way of riding due to an accident many years ago where I broke my back, pelvis, and left hip.

What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?: I have been sidesaddle racing since the Cheshire point to point in 2016.

Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: Yes, I am a member of Kimberton Hunt (PA), and I also like to cap with other hunts as much as possible. I have only hunted astride once (my first time out), and after that I only hunt aside.

What got you interested in racing aside?: I love to do anything sidesaddle and I love galloping over these beautiful race courses.

What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: My biggest sidesaddle goal this year is to show aside in a National Hunter Derby at one of the USEF shows

  Rider : Dillyn Ketterman-Millnick   Hometown : Purcellville, VA   Horse :  "Always As You Wish" (Westley) – 11 yr old, off-track TB gelding, and "Always Elegant" (Rhett) – 12 yr old, unraced TB gelding. Both are owned by Ketterman's Jewelers   Dillyn’s Background : I have been riding since before I could walk.  My 5 sisters and I were very involved in the 4H horse program and grew up doing mostly local and 4H level showing.  When I was 15 we needed a demonstration for the county fair and a friend of ours taught me side saddle for the demo and I was in love.  My parents bought me the saddle, and I taught myself mostly, but Carol did help me with the occasional lesson and tune ups.  I set goals to ride at Upperville and hunt and show in regular hunter shows Side saddle.  I was the first and only rider to show side saddle in regular hunter classes at the Virginia 4-H state horse show, showing in Hunter over fences sat 2'6".  They have since made a rule against it because people thought it was unfair somehow.  I am currently the Pastry Chef at Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm in Ashburn, VA, I went to Culinary School at the Art Institute of Washington and also have an associated degree in Deaf Studies, American Sign Language, from Northern Virginia Community College.  I have been riding side saddle for 12 years.   What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise? : I began racing aside in 2016. I had no previous experience racing.   Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside ?: I fox hunt side saddle and don’t like to go astride anymore.  I am a thousand times more confident side saddle than I am riding "normally."   What got you interested in racing aside? : My horse Rhett does not like the show ring, he is a completely different horse inside the ring from who he is out hunting.  He loves to be in open fields but I still want to compete a little bit.  So we started racing, back when the races were first getting started.  He had no idea what was happening and came in at the very end.  Now that we have been doing this for a few years he is finally starting to get a little competitive.     What are your side saddle goals for 2018? : I have gotten a second horse, Westley and I am really excited for him!  He has a fantastic personality and is so sweet and does not mind the show ring.  I am hoping to have some fun showing and racing him this year while my friend Hannah helps me out by showing and racing Rhett a little bit for me. 

Rider: Dillyn Ketterman-Millnick

Hometown: Purcellville, VA

Horse:  "Always As You Wish" (Westley) – 11 yr old, off-track TB gelding, and "Always Elegant" (Rhett) – 12 yr old, unraced TB gelding. Both are owned by Ketterman's Jewelers

Dillyn’s Background: I have been riding since before I could walk.  My 5 sisters and I were very involved in the 4H horse program and grew up doing mostly local and 4H level showing.  When I was 15 we needed a demonstration for the county fair and a friend of ours taught me side saddle for the demo and I was in love.  My parents bought me the saddle, and I taught myself mostly, but Carol did help me with the occasional lesson and tune ups.  I set goals to ride at Upperville and hunt and show in regular hunter shows Side saddle.  I was the first and only rider to show side saddle in regular hunter classes at the Virginia 4-H state horse show, showing in Hunter over fences sat 2'6".  They have since made a rule against it because people thought it was unfair somehow.  I am currently the Pastry Chef at Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm in Ashburn, VA, I went to Culinary School at the Art Institute of Washington and also have an associated degree in Deaf Studies, American Sign Language, from Northern Virginia Community College.  I have been riding side saddle for 12 years.

What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?: I began racing aside in 2016. I had no previous experience racing.

Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: I fox hunt side saddle and don’t like to go astride anymore.  I am a thousand times more confident side saddle than I am riding "normally."

What got you interested in racing aside?: My horse Rhett does not like the show ring, he is a completely different horse inside the ring from who he is out hunting.  He loves to be in open fields but I still want to compete a little bit.  So we started racing, back when the races were first getting started.  He had no idea what was happening and came in at the very end.  Now that we have been doing this for a few years he is finally starting to get a little competitive.  

What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: I have gotten a second horse, Westley and I am really excited for him!  He has a fantastic personality and is so sweet and does not mind the show ring.  I am hoping to have some fun showing and racing him this year while my friend Hannah helps me out by showing and racing Rhett a little bit for me. 

  Rider:  Hannah Debeljak   Hometown : Round Hill, VA   Horse:  "Always Elegant” (Rhett) -- 12 yr old, bay, TB gelding, owned by Ketterman’s Jewelers   Hannah's bckground:  I recently graduated from college with a degree in Animal Behavior and Marine Science. I currently am a trainer at Sandstone Farm in Millwood, VA, and am pursuing a career in Marine Education/Conservation.  I have been riding since I was 6! After I moved to Virginia I became very involved with the 4-H horse program and grew up on the local circuit. I first saw side saddle at the Upperville Horse Show and thought it was the coolest thing ever, but never really realize it was something I could actually do until my friend Bernadette showed her horse in the side saddle class at the 4-H State show. I immediately knew I had to give it a try! The next summer I took a few lessons with Dillyn Millnick and got hooked! I definitely wasn’t very good when I started but in September I placed 2nd at States (2012) and was super proud of myself. Because of college, I wasn’t able to ride aside as much as I would have liked, but now that I’m home I’ve been accomplishing a lot of goals. I showed at Upperville in June, did my first sideways hunt in November, bought my own habit in December, and qualified for spring races in January!    What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?:  This will be my first racing season   Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?:  I love to hunt! I started with the Middleburg-Orange Co. Beagles when I was in High School and finally was able to go out with Middleburg Hunt on Boxing Day (Dec. 26th) in 2016.  Since then, I did my first side saddle hunt in November 2017 at Potomac Hunt in MD, and have since gone hunting aside with Goshen Hounds (MD) and Piedmont Foxhounds (VA). I am looking forward to going out again the last few weekends of this season.   What got you interested in racing aside?:  Ever since the SSCF started I have been anxious to participate! I love riding sideways and will do anything to spend time in the saddle. Unfortunately, I was away at college for a while and that kept me out of the races, but now that I’m finally home for the spring season I’m ready to give it a go!   What are your side saddle goals for 2018?:  I hope to put in as many hours as I can in the saddle! I borrow most everything from my friend, Dillyn, and am so grateful for everything she does for me. Now that she has a second horse, I hope to finish off the hunting season, race, and show with her over the summer.

Rider: Hannah Debeljak

Hometown: Round Hill, VA

Horse: "Always Elegant” (Rhett) -- 12 yr old, bay, TB gelding, owned by Ketterman’s Jewelers

Hannah's bckground: I recently graduated from college with a degree in Animal Behavior and Marine Science. I currently am a trainer at Sandstone Farm in Millwood, VA, and am pursuing a career in Marine Education/Conservation.

I have been riding since I was 6! After I moved to Virginia I became very involved with the 4-H horse program and grew up on the local circuit. I first saw side saddle at the Upperville Horse Show and thought it was the coolest thing ever, but never really realize it was something I could actually do until my friend Bernadette showed her horse in the side saddle class at the 4-H State show. I immediately knew I had to give it a try! The next summer I took a few lessons with Dillyn Millnick and got hooked! I definitely wasn’t very good when I started but in September I placed 2nd at States (2012) and was super proud of myself. Because of college, I wasn’t able to ride aside as much as I would have liked, but now that I’m home I’ve been accomplishing a lot of goals. I showed at Upperville in June, did my first sideways hunt in November, bought my own habit in December, and qualified for spring races in January! 

What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?: This will be my first racing season

Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: I love to hunt! I started with the Middleburg-Orange Co. Beagles when I was in High School and finally was able to go out with Middleburg Hunt on Boxing Day (Dec. 26th) in 2016.  Since then, I did my first side saddle hunt in November 2017 at Potomac Hunt in MD, and have since gone hunting aside with Goshen Hounds (MD) and Piedmont Foxhounds (VA). I am looking forward to going out again the last few weekends of this season.

What got you interested in racing aside?: Ever since the SSCF started I have been anxious to participate! I love riding sideways and will do anything to spend time in the saddle. Unfortunately, I was away at college for a while and that kept me out of the races, but now that I’m finally home for the spring season I’m ready to give it a go!

What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: I hope to put in as many hours as I can in the saddle! I borrow most everything from my friend, Dillyn, and am so grateful for everything she does for me. Now that she has a second horse, I hope to finish off the hunting season, race, and show with her over the summer.

  Rider : Sarah Hansard   Hometown : Charles Town, WV   Horse : "Superstar" (Hereosaurus Rex, barn name Hero) -- 7 yr old, gray, OTTB gelding (Heres Zealous x Merrill-Forest Camp), owned by Cherry Blossom Farm. Hero raced on the flat until late 2016, and then was re-schooled and he has been foxhunting the 2017-2018 season.   Sarah's Background : I am a laboratory technician. I started sidesaddle with Devon Zebrovious in the fall of 2016, and have been hooked ever since!   What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise? : I raced aside last year on the flat, riding King of Hearts, and we were the SSCF Reserve Champion Flat race horse. I cannot wait for this year!   Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside? : I am a member of New Market-Middletown Valley Hunt (MD) and have hunted at various other hunts as well, both aside and astride.   What got you interested in racing aside? : Devon Zebrovious and the pictures of all the lovely ladies.   What are your side saddle goals for 2018? : To help promote the SSCF and get more people interested and involved. The foundation has given me every opportunity to learn, grow and succeed and I want others to experience how much fun it is!

Rider: Sarah Hansard

Hometown: Charles Town, WV

Horse: "Superstar" (Hereosaurus Rex, barn name Hero) -- 7 yr old, gray, OTTB gelding (Heres Zealous x Merrill-Forest Camp), owned by Cherry Blossom Farm. Hero raced on the flat until late 2016, and then was re-schooled and he has been foxhunting the 2017-2018 season.

Sarah's Background: I am a laboratory technician. I started sidesaddle with Devon Zebrovious in the fall of 2016, and have been hooked ever since!

What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?: I raced aside last year on the flat, riding King of Hearts, and we were the SSCF Reserve Champion Flat race horse. I cannot wait for this year!

Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: I am a member of New Market-Middletown Valley Hunt (MD) and have hunted at various other hunts as well, both aside and astride.

What got you interested in racing aside?: Devon Zebrovious and the pictures of all the lovely ladies.

What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: To help promote the SSCF and get more people interested and involved. The foundation has given me every opportunity to learn, grow and succeed and I want others to experience how much fun it is!

  Rider : Ashley Russell   Hometown : Lovettsville, VA   Horse : "Lady Godiva" - 12 year old, chocolate palomino, Belgian/TB mare. Godiva was born during Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.      Ashley's Background : I am the owner of TRU Liberty Stables in Lovettsville, VA.  I love to help riders and horses with confidence issues.  I am a passionate eventer, and have qualified for and placed at the American Eventing Championships, and foxhunter. I am also legally blind.   What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise? : This will be my first race season.   Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside? : Yes! I am on the board of the Loudoun Hunt, and I also subscribe to the Snickersville Hounds.   What got you interested in racing aside? : I was inspired to take up riding side saddle after seeing the SSCF side saddle races at Loudoun/Oatlands in 2017.   What are your side saddle goals for 2018? : Racing and showing

Rider: Ashley Russell

Hometown: Lovettsville, VA

Horse: "Lady Godiva" - 12 year old, chocolate palomino, Belgian/TB mare. Godiva was born during Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.   

Ashley's Background: I am the owner of TRU Liberty Stables in Lovettsville, VA.  I love to help riders and horses with confidence issues.  I am a passionate eventer, and have qualified for and placed at the American Eventing Championships, and foxhunter. I am also legally blind.

What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?: This will be my first race season.

Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: Yes! I am on the board of the Loudoun Hunt, and I also subscribe to the Snickersville Hounds.

What got you interested in racing aside?: I was inspired to take up riding side saddle after seeing the SSCF side saddle races at Loudoun/Oatlands in 2017.

What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: Racing and showing

  Rider : Sydney Pemberton   Hometown : Middleburg, VA   Horse : "Lynden’s Sadie Hawkins" (Sadie) - 12 year old Welsh/TB/Arab and she has an adorable blaze and 4 white socks and she is bay. I don't own her but I wish I did. I lease her from MaryElaine Boland. Sadie likes hanging out with her bestie in the field, Velvet. She used to do a lot of horse shows but we just foxhunt her now. But we like to go to the Upperville horse show. She loves twizzlers. I don’t think Sadie likes to get dirty outside because she is usually clean.    Sydney's Background : I am 9 years old and in the 3rd grade so I’d don’t have a job yet. I have been riding side saddle since I was 2 yrs old with Ms Devon and I really like it. My first side saddle pony was Jazz and we did [leadline at] Upperville and won. I have done a few horse shows. But I really just like foxhunting because I like to go fast and hang out with a bunch of people. And I like all the trails. I did the hunter paces and that was pretty fun. I’d like to do more of those.    Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside? : Yes, I fox hunt aside.    What got you interested in racing/foxhunting/hunter-pacing aside? : I just always did it. My Dad says it was easier to pony me around when I was little with the side saddle.    What are your side saddle goals for 2018? : This year I would like to jump bigger jumps and maybe try to go first field at the end of the year.

Rider: Sydney Pemberton

Hometown: Middleburg, VA

Horse: "Lynden’s Sadie Hawkins" (Sadie) - 12 year old Welsh/TB/Arab and she has an adorable blaze and 4 white socks and she is bay. I don't own her but I wish I did. I lease her from MaryElaine Boland. Sadie likes hanging out with her bestie in the field, Velvet. She used to do a lot of horse shows but we just foxhunt her now. But we like to go to the Upperville horse show. She loves twizzlers. I don’t think Sadie likes to get dirty outside because she is usually clean. 

Sydney's Background: I am 9 years old and in the 3rd grade so I’d don’t have a job yet. I have been riding side saddle since I was 2 yrs old with Ms Devon and I really like it. My first side saddle pony was Jazz and we did [leadline at] Upperville and won. I have done a few horse shows. But I really just like foxhunting because I like to go fast and hang out with a bunch of people. And I like all the trails. I did the hunter paces and that was pretty fun. I’d like to do more of those. 

Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: Yes, I fox hunt aside. 

What got you interested in racing/foxhunting/hunter-pacing aside?: I just always did it. My Dad says it was easier to pony me around when I was little with the side saddle. 

What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: This year I would like to jump bigger jumps and maybe try to go first field at the end of the year.

  Rider : Becca Barker   Hometown : Chester County, PA   Horse : "Galon Hapus" (Hapus) - 10yr old, bay, OTTB gelding, owned by Lauren Shock/Red Hound Stables. He transitioned off turf to begin his career as a steeplechase mount and fox hunter. Lauren does a great job developing a well-rounded horse. Hapus is a fun ride in everything from local hunters at the Devon Horse Show to hunting with Radnor Hunt Club to steeplechase (both astride and aside).   Becca's background : I work in corporate marketing and own a boarding farm in Chester County. I’ve ridden all my life and have taken advantage of the many, many equine-oriented opportunities available in my area. This has me hopping from a judged trail ride to fox hunting to rated hunters within any given (warm) month. I enjoy the diversity of picking and choosing horsey-events. I began riding aside eight years ago. I like to say riding aside is “a marathon, not a sprint”; and I’ve enjoyed meeting people and learning. With sidesaddle a rider has to be highly dedicated as good instruction, attire, and tack are more difficult to come by.   What is your horse experience, side saddle/racing/hunting/hunter-pacing, or otherwise? : I became more active riding aside when my draft cross Tux lost his eye sight at four years old. Me riding aside gave him purpose - apart from his long stride, he carries the saddle well and is comfortable to ride astride. Since building that base I have developed skills outside Tux’s capabilities on other horses. Eight years later it is not uncommon to see Tux and I trail riding, hunting and showing aside. He is still my favorite aside partner.   Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside? : I cap in with three hunts near me and have been fortunate enough to go out with 11 different hunt clubs in PA, MD and VA. I prefer to hunt aside, but will go astride depending on my mount for the day. I enjoy hunting for the camaraderie - I’ve made some lifelong friends galloping through mud, chasing a fox :)   What got you interested in racing/foxhunting/hunter-pacing aside? : I enjoy the long standing tradition of riding horses. You will never catch me with bling or anything flashy. That preference lead me to ride aside and continues my interest in developing my skills. I started riding XC, dressage and hunting aside because I could... I didn’t have any interest in racing until the sidesaddle races came to Chester County. I have enjoyed learning a new discipline and have even participated in steeplechasing astride in preparation for aside races. I take steeplechase lessons to prepare for the races and found them to be hugely beneficial racing aside.   What are your side saddle goals for 2018? : I have a six year old Cleveland Bay/Dutch WB mare who is going to start showing aside this year. I have high hopes she will be a packer for me in the next few years. Fingers crossed!

Rider: Becca Barker

Hometown: Chester County, PA

Horse: "Galon Hapus" (Hapus) - 10yr old, bay, OTTB gelding, owned by Lauren Shock/Red Hound Stables. He transitioned off turf to begin his career as a steeplechase mount and fox hunter. Lauren does a great job developing a well-rounded horse. Hapus is a fun ride in everything from local hunters at the Devon Horse Show to hunting with Radnor Hunt Club to steeplechase (both astride and aside).

Becca's background: I work in corporate marketing and own a boarding farm in Chester County. I’ve ridden all my life and have taken advantage of the many, many equine-oriented opportunities available in my area. This has me hopping from a judged trail ride to fox hunting to rated hunters within any given (warm) month. I enjoy the diversity of picking and choosing horsey-events. I began riding aside eight years ago. I like to say riding aside is “a marathon, not a sprint”; and I’ve enjoyed meeting people and learning. With sidesaddle a rider has to be highly dedicated as good instruction, attire, and tack are more difficult to come by.

What is your horse experience, side saddle/racing/hunting/hunter-pacing, or otherwise?: I became more active riding aside when my draft cross Tux lost his eye sight at four years old. Me riding aside gave him purpose - apart from his long stride, he carries the saddle well and is comfortable to ride astride. Since building that base I have developed skills outside Tux’s capabilities on other horses. Eight years later it is not uncommon to see Tux and I trail riding, hunting and showing aside. He is still my favorite aside partner.

Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: I cap in with three hunts near me and have been fortunate enough to go out with 11 different hunt clubs in PA, MD and VA. I prefer to hunt aside, but will go astride depending on my mount for the day. I enjoy hunting for the camaraderie - I’ve made some lifelong friends galloping through mud, chasing a fox :)

What got you interested in racing/foxhunting/hunter-pacing aside?: I enjoy the long standing tradition of riding horses. You will never catch me with bling or anything flashy. That preference lead me to ride aside and continues my interest in developing my skills. I started riding XC, dressage and hunting aside because I could... I didn’t have any interest in racing until the sidesaddle races came to Chester County. I have enjoyed learning a new discipline and have even participated in steeplechasing astride in preparation for aside races. I take steeplechase lessons to prepare for the races and found them to be hugely beneficial racing aside.

What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: I have a six year old Cleveland Bay/Dutch WB mare who is going to start showing aside this year. I have high hopes she will be a packer for me in the next few years. Fingers crossed!

  Rider : Julie Nafe   Hometown : I was born in Chester County, PA, before moving to the Main Line and eventually to my current home in Berks County, PA.   Horse : "McCrady's" (Cradle) (KY) - (Yankee Gentleman x Stars Street) 9 yr old, bay, OTTB mare, owned and trainer by Lauren Schock of Red Hound Stables in West Chester, PA.  She ran 18 starts on the flat track before retiring to a life of fox hunting, showing, and side saddle. This mare takes more pride in her work ethic then anything I have sat on before and I am truly privileged to work with such an astoundingly brilliant animal as her.    Julie's background : I spend most of my time outside gardening, deer hunting, fostering and re-homing kittens, or just on the farm. If I am not outside I am working second shift in nursing, or at a computer working on my degree for medical billing and coding and insurance reimbursement. I rent a small private farm near by my house where I keep 6 horses from thoroughbreds to paint/quarter horse crosses, with which I do various disciplines from fox hunting, western, side saddle, driving, jumpers, hunters or breaking babies. I have been riding since I was a kid. Riding off the track thoroughbreds in the hunter ring and paperchases, which led me to fox hunting at an early age of eight. I was introduced to the unique discipline of side saddle in 2015 by Susan Sisco.     What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise? : By 14, I purchased my first pony for point to point racing. I spent a lot of time racing flat races, field master chases, fox hunter races and helping my trainer break and train thoroughbreds for the flat track. When I was not racing I drove my race pony in a single meadow Brooke carriage, fox hunted or anything that kept me on a horse.   Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside? : I am not sure what I would do without fox hunting! During the season I hunt two to three times a week if possible by my work or weather. My first and still attended hunt was with Gabel-Swisher hounds, but frequent River Hills Hounds, and on occasion Kimberton hunt. I hunt aside very often and most holiday hunts, usually on my race/driving/ side saddle paint pony or Cradle.    What got you interested in racing/foxhunting/hunter-pacing aside? : After doing a few local shows I was invited to race in the Mr. Stewart's Cheshire fox hounds point to point race which led me to hunting aside in prep for the races. Since the first race I have embraced riding side saddle cross country.    What are your side saddle goals for 2018? : I have been working hard to fix a few bad habits I picked up when first starting side saddle so for 2018 I would like to race every sscf side saddle race and finish off the spring/summer with my first aside ride in the Dixon ovel at Devon. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy this beautiful discipline!

Rider: Julie Nafe

Hometown: I was born in Chester County, PA, before moving to the Main Line and eventually to my current home in Berks County, PA.

Horse: "McCrady's" (Cradle) (KY) - (Yankee Gentleman x Stars Street) 9 yr old, bay, OTTB mare, owned and trainer by Lauren Schock of Red Hound Stables in West Chester, PA.  She ran 18 starts on the flat track before retiring to a life of fox hunting, showing, and side saddle. This mare takes more pride in her work ethic then anything I have sat on before and I am truly privileged to work with such an astoundingly brilliant animal as her. 

Julie's background: I spend most of my time outside gardening, deer hunting, fostering and re-homing kittens, or just on the farm. If I am not outside I am working second shift in nursing, or at a computer working on my degree for medical billing and coding and insurance reimbursement. I rent a small private farm near by my house where I keep 6 horses from thoroughbreds to paint/quarter horse crosses, with which I do various disciplines from fox hunting, western, side saddle, driving, jumpers, hunters or breaking babies. I have been riding since I was a kid. Riding off the track thoroughbreds in the hunter ring and paperchases, which led me to fox hunting at an early age of eight. I was introduced to the unique discipline of side saddle in 2015 by Susan Sisco.  

What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?: By 14, I purchased my first pony for point to point racing. I spent a lot of time racing flat races, field master chases, fox hunter races and helping my trainer break and train thoroughbreds for the flat track. When I was not racing I drove my race pony in a single meadow Brooke carriage, fox hunted or anything that kept me on a horse.

Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: I am not sure what I would do without fox hunting! During the season I hunt two to three times a week if possible by my work or weather. My first and still attended hunt was with Gabel-Swisher hounds, but frequent River Hills Hounds, and on occasion Kimberton hunt. I hunt aside very often and most holiday hunts, usually on my race/driving/ side saddle paint pony or Cradle. 

What got you interested in racing/foxhunting/hunter-pacing aside?: After doing a few local shows I was invited to race in the Mr. Stewart's Cheshire fox hounds point to point race which led me to hunting aside in prep for the races. Since the first race I have embraced riding side saddle cross country. 

What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: I have been working hard to fix a few bad habits I picked up when first starting side saddle so for 2018 I would like to race every sscf side saddle race and finish off the spring/summer with my first aside ride in the Dixon ovel at Devon. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy this beautiful discipline!

  Rider : Lisa Havilland   Hometown : Poolesville, MD   Horse : “Teceanna” (Anna) - 15 yr old, 16.2 hand, liver chestnut, Dutch Warmblood mare. Anna has hunted on and off since she was four, and has evented through Training Level.    Lisa's Background : I am a litigation attorney specializing in international family law. I have ridden for 30 years (since I was about 7), beginning in Hunters and Equitation. I competed nationally in the IHSA and IDA while attending Wilson College, where I received my undergraduate degree in Equine Management. I began fox hunting with Casanova Hunt in Virginia in 2004, and started Eventing upon my return to Maryland in 2007. In 2013, I began hunting with Potomac Hunt in Poolesville, Maryland. I have been riding side saddle for a little over a year, and regularly hunted aside through the 2017-2018 hunt season. I live and keep my horses in Poolesville, Maryland, and I also enjoy training and re-schooling problem horses and bringing along young horses.   What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise? : I currently have no racing experience, but plan to race aside this spring and summer with the SSCF for the first time!   Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside? : I am currently a member of the Potomac Hunt in Maryland, but got my start hunting with Casanova Hunt in Virginia in 2004. I have also hunted with many other hunts in MD and VA, and hope to hunt in Ireland one day. I began hunting aside in 2017, and now prefer to hunt sideways whenever possible, as I find it much more enjoyable and challenging.   What got you interested in racing aside? : Last year, when I was considering learning to ride aside, I attended a SSCF assessment with Jill Howson in Middleburg, VA. At the time, I thought racing side saddle was a bit crazy, but after hunting aside all season, I am now determined to give it a try!   What are your side saddle goals for 2018? : I just completed the 2017-2018 hunting season, and I hope to to compete in at least one of the 2018 SSCF races this spring. As an eventer, I plan to compete in at least one event this summer aside. I also hope to show in the Ladies Side Saddle division over the summer, and can’t wait to start hunting again in the fall! I am actively looking for a younger side saddle mount (preferably a mare), 16.3 hands or larger - so please keep your eyes peeled for me! 

Rider: Lisa Havilland

Hometown: Poolesville, MD

Horse: “Teceanna” (Anna) - 15 yr old, 16.2 hand, liver chestnut, Dutch Warmblood mare. Anna has hunted on and off since she was four, and has evented through Training Level. 

Lisa's Background: I am a litigation attorney specializing in international family law. I have ridden for 30 years (since I was about 7), beginning in Hunters and Equitation. I competed nationally in the IHSA and IDA while attending Wilson College, where I received my undergraduate degree in Equine Management. I began fox hunting with Casanova Hunt in Virginia in 2004, and started Eventing upon my return to Maryland in 2007. In 2013, I began hunting with Potomac Hunt in Poolesville, Maryland. I have been riding side saddle for a little over a year, and regularly hunted aside through the 2017-2018 hunt season. I live and keep my horses in Poolesville, Maryland, and I also enjoy training and re-schooling problem horses and bringing along young horses.

What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?: I currently have no racing experience, but plan to race aside this spring and summer with the SSCF for the first time!

Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: I am currently a member of the Potomac Hunt in Maryland, but got my start hunting with Casanova Hunt in Virginia in 2004. I have also hunted with many other hunts in MD and VA, and hope to hunt in Ireland one day. I began hunting aside in 2017, and now prefer to hunt sideways whenever possible, as I find it much more enjoyable and challenging.

What got you interested in racing aside?: Last year, when I was considering learning to ride aside, I attended a SSCF assessment with Jill Howson in Middleburg, VA. At the time, I thought racing side saddle was a bit crazy, but after hunting aside all season, I am now determined to give it a try!

What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: I just completed the 2017-2018 hunting season, and I hope to to compete in at least one of the 2018 SSCF races this spring. As an eventer, I plan to compete in at least one event this summer aside. I also hope to show in the Ladies Side Saddle division over the summer, and can’t wait to start hunting again in the fall! I am actively looking for a younger side saddle mount (preferably a mare), 16.3 hands or larger - so please keep your eyes peeled for me! 

  Rider : Maggie Johnston   Hometown : Middleburg, VA   Horse : I'm so lucky to have ridden so many horses in SSCF events including Cattywampus, Riot's Maeve, Paddy Mac, Beulah (owned by Marcie Michael) and Zahara (owned by Tania Woerner). Before the SSCF was founded, I rode several horses aside include IdleHour Savanna (pictured), Skye, Theodore and Connor. They are all very different, which I love: a TB, an Irish Sporthorse, several draft crosses and two part bred Cleveland Bays.    Maggie's Background : I work at BCT Bank in Middleburg, VA as a teller & customer service representative. I've ridden aside for more than 10 years and have ridden since I was 4, so almost 55 years :)    What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?:  I raced in the flat races at Oatlands at our first race. I love to hunt and hunter pace. I've shown in and around Loudoun County VA and in Maryland including at The Upperville Horse & Colt Show. I've also show at The Aiken Show in The Hitchcock Woods, which I think is the most elegant show venue in the Country. I've also given demonstration rides in Lexington KY.    Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside? : I do hunt and I love to hunt aside! The day I was awarded my colors with the Snickersville Hounds (VA), I was riding aside on Skye which was a very special day. I hunt in Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, New York and have hunted in Ireland and France. My future fox hunting goals include hosting a first-ever drag hunt in Virginia.    What got you interested in racing/foxhunting/hunter pacing aside? : During our trip to Ireland to hunt with County Meath, and to set a world record for the largest group of women hunting aside, Devon and I learned about the Dianas of the Chase race. We thought that it would be wonderful to hold a side saddle race in the US, so we set out to hold a first-race in Loudoun County, VA. From there it's grown to what is now a Foundation and seven scheduled races this year plus clinics, hunts and a gala. We've added awards for riders who hunt and hunter pace aside and award our riders at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg VA.  As we say "it's a return to elegance" and anyone watching our riders at the point to point races, at hunts and at hunter paces always remark at how wonderful it is to have riders upholding a traditional way of riding.    What are your side saddle goals for 2018? : I would like to grow the hunter pace and hunting division of our Foundation. There are so many riders who ride aside but have not yet hunted or hunter paced aside. Both help to financially support hunting, as does point to point races, so introducing riders to the sport of fox chasing will help hunt clubs grow. There are several exciting sidesaddle events being hosted in and around Middleburg and the Foundation is honored to be included.

Rider: Maggie Johnston

Hometown: Middleburg, VA

Horse: I'm so lucky to have ridden so many horses in SSCF events including Cattywampus, Riot's Maeve, Paddy Mac, Beulah (owned by Marcie Michael) and Zahara (owned by Tania Woerner). Before the SSCF was founded, I rode several horses aside include IdleHour Savanna (pictured), Skye, Theodore and Connor. They are all very different, which I love: a TB, an Irish Sporthorse, several draft crosses and two part bred Cleveland Bays. 

Maggie's Background: I work at BCT Bank in Middleburg, VA as a teller & customer service representative. I've ridden aside for more than 10 years and have ridden since I was 4, so almost 55 years :) 

What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?: I raced in the flat races at Oatlands at our first race. I love to hunt and hunter pace. I've shown in and around Loudoun County VA and in Maryland including at The Upperville Horse & Colt Show. I've also show at The Aiken Show in The Hitchcock Woods, which I think is the most elegant show venue in the Country. I've also given demonstration rides in Lexington KY. 

Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: I do hunt and I love to hunt aside! The day I was awarded my colors with the Snickersville Hounds (VA), I was riding aside on Skye which was a very special day. I hunt in Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, New York and have hunted in Ireland and France. My future fox hunting goals include hosting a first-ever drag hunt in Virginia. 

What got you interested in racing/foxhunting/hunter pacing aside?: During our trip to Ireland to hunt with County Meath, and to set a world record for the largest group of women hunting aside, Devon and I learned about the Dianas of the Chase race. We thought that it would be wonderful to hold a side saddle race in the US, so we set out to hold a first-race in Loudoun County, VA. From there it's grown to what is now a Foundation and seven scheduled races this year plus clinics, hunts and a gala. We've added awards for riders who hunt and hunter pace aside and award our riders at the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg VA.  As we say "it's a return to elegance" and anyone watching our riders at the point to point races, at hunts and at hunter paces always remark at how wonderful it is to have riders upholding a traditional way of riding. 

What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: I would like to grow the hunter pace and hunting division of our Foundation. There are so many riders who ride aside but have not yet hunted or hunter paced aside. Both help to financially support hunting, as does point to point races, so introducing riders to the sport of fox chasing will help hunt clubs grow. There are several exciting sidesaddle events being hosted in and around Middleburg and the Foundation is honored to be included.

  Rider : Devon Zebrovious   Hometown : Middleburg, VA   Horse : "King of Hearts" -- (reg. Little King (ARG)/barn name King), 18 yr old, bay, TB gelding (Payant x Little Princess), and "Morningstar" (Eton) -- 10 yr old, bay, Hanoverian gelding (Escudo I), both owned by Cherry Blossom Farm. King was imported from Argentina as a $200k yearling, and his owner hoped he would be a stakes winner like his sire. Alas, he was sent home from the track after only 2 weeks of training and his owner was advised it would be best to find him a new career. He has been one of our field hunters since 2014, and has dabbled in Ladies Side Saddle show classes . Eton was imported from Germany where he was doing the 1.15m jumpers, and he was shown lightly in the hunters before I moved him back into the jumpers. He is also in his 2nd season of fox hunting. I also have "Superstar" (Hero) and "Starstruck" (Sully).   Devon's Background : I am a litigation attorney for DoD. I have ridden for over 35 years, and shown up to the 1.15m jumpers and 3'6" equitation and hunters. My horse, "Quest," was the 2014-2016 USEF Ladies Side Saddle National Champion. I have been riding and showing side saddle for about 15 years. My husband and I have a farm in Middleburg Hunt territory, and we enjoy selecting quality green horses to train and bring along for showing and/or hunting.   What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise? : I, along with SSCF vice president, Maggie Johnston, organized the first all side-saddle race in the United States at the Loudoun Point to Point Races in 2014. I have raced in almost every side saddle race held since then in the USA, and my previoius race horse, "In Todd We Trust," was the SSCF overall high-point race horse in 2017 (he is now happily hunting hounds in Aiken, SC).   Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside? : I have been a subscriber of the Middleburg Hunt (VA) since 2003, and a subscriber of the Piedmont Fox Hounds (VA) since 2016. I have also hunted with a multitude of other hunts in PA, MD, and VA, as well as with almost 10 hunts in Ireland, where we try to take an annual hunting trip. I primarily hunt sideways, both here and overseas -- I find it to be so much more secure and confidence-boosting!   What got you interested in racing aside? : Maggie Johnston and I were at a side saddle hunt with the Meath Foxhounds, organized by the incomparable Susan Oakes, in 2013, and there we met Phillipa Holland, founder of the Dianas of the Chase Race in England. After talking to her, we were determined to organize our own side saddle races in America. I had also been a huge fan of steeplechase racing, and love to do a multitude of equine sports, so it seemed like a great fit.   What are your side saddle goals for 2018? : To finish out the 2017-2018 hunting season, to compete in the 2018 SSCF races, to continue to bring along a couple of green or new horses, to show in the Ladies Side Saddle division over the summer, and to start hunting again in the fall! I would also like to try to take a hunting trip to England in late October.

Rider: Devon Zebrovious

Hometown: Middleburg, VA

Horse: "King of Hearts" -- (reg. Little King (ARG)/barn name King), 18 yr old, bay, TB gelding (Payant x Little Princess), and "Morningstar" (Eton) -- 10 yr old, bay, Hanoverian gelding (Escudo I), both owned by Cherry Blossom Farm. King was imported from Argentina as a $200k yearling, and his owner hoped he would be a stakes winner like his sire. Alas, he was sent home from the track after only 2 weeks of training and his owner was advised it would be best to find him a new career. He has been one of our field hunters since 2014, and has dabbled in Ladies Side Saddle show classes . Eton was imported from Germany where he was doing the 1.15m jumpers, and he was shown lightly in the hunters before I moved him back into the jumpers. He is also in his 2nd season of fox hunting. I also have "Superstar" (Hero) and "Starstruck" (Sully).

Devon's Background: I am a litigation attorney for DoD. I have ridden for over 35 years, and shown up to the 1.15m jumpers and 3'6" equitation and hunters. My horse, "Quest," was the 2014-2016 USEF Ladies Side Saddle National Champion. I have been riding and showing side saddle for about 15 years. My husband and I have a farm in Middleburg Hunt territory, and we enjoy selecting quality green horses to train and bring along for showing and/or hunting.

What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?: I, along with SSCF vice president, Maggie Johnston, organized the first all side-saddle race in the United States at the Loudoun Point to Point Races in 2014. I have raced in almost every side saddle race held since then in the USA, and my previoius race horse, "In Todd We Trust," was the SSCF overall high-point race horse in 2017 (he is now happily hunting hounds in Aiken, SC).

Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: I have been a subscriber of the Middleburg Hunt (VA) since 2003, and a subscriber of the Piedmont Fox Hounds (VA) since 2016. I have also hunted with a multitude of other hunts in PA, MD, and VA, as well as with almost 10 hunts in Ireland, where we try to take an annual hunting trip. I primarily hunt sideways, both here and overseas -- I find it to be so much more secure and confidence-boosting!

What got you interested in racing aside?: Maggie Johnston and I were at a side saddle hunt with the Meath Foxhounds, organized by the incomparable Susan Oakes, in 2013, and there we met Phillipa Holland, founder of the Dianas of the Chase Race in England. After talking to her, we were determined to organize our own side saddle races in America. I had also been a huge fan of steeplechase racing, and love to do a multitude of equine sports, so it seemed like a great fit.

What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: To finish out the 2017-2018 hunting season, to compete in the 2018 SSCF races, to continue to bring along a couple of green or new horses, to show in the Ladies Side Saddle division over the summer, and to start hunting again in the fall! I would also like to try to take a hunting trip to England in late October.