Recap of Side Saddle Races at Willowdale (PA) and Potomac (MD)!

Congratulations to all of the riders who raced at the Willowdale Races on Sun, 14 May, and the Potomac Hunt Races on Sun, 21 May!

Miss Nancy Nichols Memorial Race at Willowdale

The amazing two mile course included ten 3' timber fences, most of which had been built specifically for this event, thanks to the generosity of Dixon Stroud, founder of the Willowdale Steeplechase and board member of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds (PA). All the ladies who raced at Willowdale also hunt regularly, and came from as far as St. Louis, MO as well as Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The top three finishers also qualified for the famous Dianas of the Chase race in Leicestershire, England, at the beginning of December. The 8 ladies covered the 2 miles on soft-to-good ground at a good clip in 4:59 2/5. In Todd We Trust set the pace and led the majority of the race until he tired and was overtaken at the last fence by the top three horses. The winner, McCrady's, won going away by 6 lengths. It was an incredibly exciting race, and the spectators and representatives from the National Steeplechase Association were thrilled! The results were:

  1. McCradys, ridden by Julie Nafe, owned and trained by Lauren Shock
  2. Fort Henry, ridden/owned/trained by Step hanie Dowling
  3. El Pegaso (Finn McCool), ridden/owned/trained by Sarah Martin
  4. In Todd We Trust, ridden by Devon Zebrovious, trained by George Kuk, owned by Cherry Blossom Farm
  5. Galon Hapus, ridden by Becca Barker, owned and trained by Lauren Shock
  6. Madame Belvedere, ridden by Mary Musheno, owned and trained by Lauren Shock
  7. Little Lady, ridden/owned/trained by Amy Magee
  8. Patrick, ridden/trained by Sarah O'Halloran, owned by Dr. and Mrs. Peter O'Halloran
  • Best Turned Out Award - Little Lady & Amy Magee
  • Best Conditioned TB - El Pegaso & Sarah Martin
  • Best Conditioned Non-TB - Little Lady & Amy Magee

Many thanks to all at Willowdale for allowing us to run over their beautiful and challenging course, and a huge thank you to all prize donors and volunteers who assisted in making this such a huge success and crowd pleaser. Finally, thank you to SSCF Race Chair Kirstie Grabosky for all of her hard work to organize the side saddle race at Willowdale.

Julie Nafe on McCradys, winner of the first running of the Miss Nancy Nichols side saddle race at Willowdale Steeplechase 2017. (c) Photo by Middleburg Photo

Julie Nafe on McCradys, winner of the first running of the Miss Nancy Nichols side saddle race at Willowdale Steeplechase 2017. (c) Photo by Middleburg Photo

Congratulations to all of the ladies! From L to R: Stephanie Dowling, Sarah Martin, Amy Magee, Julie Nafe, Sarah O'Halloran, Becca Barker, Mary Musheno, Devon Zebrovious. (c) Photo by Middleburg Photo

Congratulations to all of the ladies! From L to R: Stephanie Dowling, Sarah Martin, Amy Magee, Julie Nafe, Sarah O'Halloran, Becca Barker, Mary Musheno, Devon Zebrovious. (c) Photo by Middleburg Photo

Susan Moran Side Saddle Race at Potomac Hunt Races

We couldn't have asked for a better day with mostly cloudy skies and mid-60s temps, perfect for the comfort of horse and rider. Potomac's renowned hospitality was on full display as 8 riders/horses raced on good ground over in a mile in 1:42 flat! The Gingerbread Man set the pace with a brilliant start into the first turn, and then it was a battle around the backside for the lead, with the top five placing horses in a tight group heading into the stretch. At the wire, it was a photo finish between Reddington and In Todd We Trust! After a review of the tape, the results were announced, and they were:

  1. In Todd We Trust, ridden by Devon Zebrovious, trained by George Kuk, owned by Cherry Blossom Farm
  2. Reddington, ridden/owned by Bernadette Boland, trained by George Kuk
  3. King of Hearts, ridden by Sarah Hansard, trained by George Kuk, owned by Cherry Blossom Farm
  4. Easy to Say No, ridden by Aurora Munyan, owned/trained by Lisa Munyan
  5. The Gingerbread Man, ridden/trained by Kathryn Colwes, owned by Greystone Farm
  6. Always Elegant, ridden by Dillyn Ketterman-Millnick, trained by Jackie McClintick, owned by Ketterman Jeweler's
  7. Patrick, ridden/trained by Sarah O'Halloran, owned by Dr. and Mrs. Peter O'Halloran
  8. Tilly, ridden by Andrew Camp, owned/trained by Russell E. Shifflett, Jr.
  • Best Turned Out - King of Hearts & Sarah Hansard
  • Best Conditioned TB - Reddington & Bernadette Boland
  • Best Conditioned Non-TB - Tilly & Andrew Camp

Thank you so much to the Potomac Hunt for holding such a fantastic flat race; to the generous sponsors of the race, ribbons, and awards; to Jill Howson for the lovely tailgate afterwards; to Maggie Johnston and Robin Somers-Strom for checking-in everyone; and to Sarah O'Halloran for organizing the race (and the amazing strawberry trifle)!

At the Potomac Hunt Races, it was a photo finish at the wire between Reddington/Bernadette Boland and In Todd We Trust/Devon Zebrovious. In Todd We Trust just edged out Reddington by a neck. (c) Photo by Middleburg Photo

At the Potomac Hunt Races, it was a photo finish at the wire between Reddington/Bernadette Boland and In Todd We Trust/Devon Zebrovious. In Todd We Trust just edged out Reddington by a neck. (c) Photo by Middleburg Photo

The top five horses were tightly bunched heading into the home stretch. From L to R: Reddington/Bernadette Boland, King of Hearts/Sarah Hansard, Easy to Say No/Aurora Munyan, The Gingerbread Man/Kathryn Cowles, In Todd We Trust/Devon Zebrovious. (c) Photo by Liz Callar

The top five horses were tightly bunched heading into the home stretch. From L to R: Reddington/Bernadette Boland, King of Hearts/Sarah Hansard, Easy to Say No/Aurora Munyan, The Gingerbread Man/Kathryn Cowles, In Todd We Trust/Devon Zebrovious. (c) Photo by Liz Callar

At the wire, it was In Todd We Trust/Devon Zebrovious over Reddington/Bernadette Boland. (c) Photo by Liz Callar.

At the wire, it was In Todd We Trust/Devon Zebrovious over Reddington/Bernadette Boland. (c) Photo by Liz Callar.

Congratulations to all of the riders! L to R: Sarah O'Halloran, Sarah Hansard, Bernadette Boland, Devon Zebrovious, Dillyn Ketterman-Millnick, Kathryn Cowles, Aurora Munyan, Andrew Camp. (c) Photo by Middleburg Photo

Congratulations to all of the riders! L to R: Sarah O'Halloran, Sarah Hansard, Bernadette Boland, Devon Zebrovious, Dillyn Ketterman-Millnick, Kathryn Cowles, Aurora Munyan, Andrew Camp. (c) Photo by Middleburg Photo

Entries are in for Willowdale! Amazing new Jumps! And WOW, the prizes!! Thanks to all the sponsors!

The entries are in for Willowdale!

Here are some pictures from the course! We forgot to take a picture of fence 2 but it is identical to the other post and rail jumps. All measure 3' and the post and rails will be brushed prior to the race. It's a beautiful piece of land and an equally beautiful course. Many thanks to the Willowdale committee for including us on their card, and for building us these new beautiful jumps!

We have some amazing prizes generously donated by several businesses .... Sneak preview ....

All riders will be eligible for a raffle prize to be drawn and presented at the prize ceremony, this is the popular Thinline half pad donated by Thinline, Inc.

Best conditioned TB and non TB will win a bridle each donated by Lund Saddlery.

Best turned out will win a gorgeous hand-made in Italy necklace and a cosmetic collection. These donated by no 109 Shop and Houppette respectively .

The winning rider will take home a keeper trophy from Willowdale, a decanter given and presented by the National Steeplecase Foundation AND a portrait of the winning horse to be painted by local amazing artist Mark Rowland, WOW!! Be sure to checkout his website for work samples, his work is absolutely fantastic!!

Gorgeous ribbons for all riders donated by Lund Saddlery.

We are so excited and so appreciative of all the generous prizes, please be sure to look all these people up on social media, give them a like and a thank you!!

Can't wait to see you all on May 14th! For more info and tickets, see Willowdale Steeplechase.

Loudoun Point to Point Races - What a Day!

L-->R: Always Elegant/Dillyn Ketterman Millnick; Patrick/Sarah O'Halloran; In Todd We Trust/Devon Zebrovious; Fort Henry/Stephanie Dowling

L-->R: Always Elegant/Dillyn Ketterman Millnick; Patrick/Sarah O'Halloran; In Todd We Trust/Devon Zebrovious; Fort Henry/Stephanie Dowling

The first SSCF race of the season is over, and what a day for riders, horses, and spectators! We had a great turnout in both races. Everyone was at Oatlands early for the 9:15 AM course walk, and we so appreciate the attention that everyone gave. The weather quickly became summer-like, so jackets were deemed optional. The SSCF, race spectators and Loudoun race officials could not have been more pleased with the way the races ran! All horses and riders had been properly prepped, and while the riders rode safely they were still very much racing -- based upon all of the video, there is no doubt that the crowed was fully engaged!

Results are as follows for the Mrs. George C. Everhart Memorial Side Saddle Race:

Jump Race (Horse - Rider - Owner - Trainer):

  1. In Todd We Trust - Devon Zebrovious - Cherry Blossom Farm - George Kuk
  2. Fort Henry - Stephanie Dowling - Stephanie Dowling - Stephanie Dowling
  3. Easy To Say No - Aurora Munyan - Lisa Munyan - Lisa Munyan
  4. Always Elegant - Dillyn Ketterman Millnick - Ketterman's Jewelers - Jackie McClintic
  5. Patrick - Sarah O'Halloran - Dr. & Mrs. Peter O'Halloran - Sarah O'Halloran
  6. Tango - Maureen Britell - Maureen Britell - George Kuk
  7. Little Lady - Amy Magee - Amy Magee - Amy Magee
  • Best Turned Out Horse: Little Lady/Amy Magee
  • Best Conditioned TB - Fort Henry/Stephanie Dowling
  • Best Conditioned Non-TB - Little Lady/Amy Magee

In Todd We Trust, Easy to Say No and Fort Henry took turns setting the pace. In Todd We Trust took the lead down the backside, jumped the last fence on top and won going away. Winning Margin: 2   Winning Time: 4:30   Turf: firm. In Todd We Trust, dk.b./br. g. 2010, by Tiznow out of Horns Gray, by Pass the Tab. Bred by Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds, Dearborn Stables & Tom Van Meter (Ky)

Winner of the Jump Race: In Todd We Trust

Winner of the Jump Race: In Todd We Trust

Flat Race (Horse - Rider - Owner - Trainer):

  1. Reddington - Bernadette Boland - Bernadette Boland - George Kuk
  2. King of Hearts - Sarah Hansard - Cherry Blossom Farm - George Kuk
  3. The Gingerbread Man - Kathryn Cowles - Greystone Farm - Kathryn Cowles
  4. Tilly - Andrew J. Camp - Russell E. Shifflett, Jr. - Russell E. Shifflett, Jr.
  5. Aurelius - Jill Howson - Chad Traugott - Jill Howson
  6. Noble - Robin Somers-Strom - Robin Somers-Strom - Robin Somers-Strom
  • Best Turned Out: King of Hearts/Sarah Hansard
  • Best Conditioned TB - King of Hearts/Sarah Hansard
  • Best Conditioned Non-TB: Noble/Robin Somers-Strom

Reddington and King of Hearts made most of the running. With a quarter mile to run Reddington pulled away to an easy victory. Winning Margin: 7   Winning Time: 1:48 3/5   Turf: firm. Reddington (reg. Turn Red), ch. g. 2008, by Turn West out of Violet Ransom, by Red Ransom.

Winner of the Flat Race: Reddington

Winner of the Flat Race: Reddington

Middleburg Photo, the SSCF's official photographer, again was on par for the day, and took some amazing shots of everyone before, during, and after the races. You can view their galleries here. There is also helmet cam video from the jump race, which can be viewed here.  

A special thanks goes out to Greenhill Winery, Tri-County Feeds, Fashion, Finds, and Side Saddle Café/Fields of Athenry for allowing us to hold our awards ceremony in their tent on the race course and providing everyone with food and libations.

Side Saddle Chase Foundation and Morven Park Announce New Partnership

The Mansion at Morven Park

The Mansion at Morven Park

Middleburg, Va., March 30, 2017 – The Side Saddle Chase Foundation and Morven Park today announced a new partnership that will establish a permanent home for the Foundation at Morven Park in Leesburg, Va.

Discussions between the two nonprofits began earlier this year when the SSCF sought a base from which to hold their events, including side saddle, cross-country, and race clinics, as well as a location for a fall race in Virginia. Morven Park is a 1,000 acre historic estate and home to the Morven Park International Equestrian Center, a world-renowned competition venue located in the heart of Virginia’s legendary “Horse Country.” Many of the world's top riders and equine athletes compete annually in more than 60 days of various high-level events at Morven Park. The venue is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation to improve and expand Morven Park’s equestrian facilities.

“With the growth of the Foundation’s steeplechase race program and the addition of a Hunter Pace award series, having a permanent training location for our members makes perfect sense. The quality of Morven Park’s race course, riding arenas, cross-country schooling fences, and miles of trails, as well as its convenient location in Loudoun County made it the perfect home for us,” said Devon Zebrovious, president of the SSCF. Ms. Zebrovious and her husband George Kuk are owners of Cherry Blossom Farm in Middleburg, Va. Together they have over 60 years combined experience riding in the hunter/jumper rings and hunt field. Ms. Zebrovious, a three-time national side saddle champion, has ridden side saddle for more than 15 years in the show ring and hunt field, and has taught many riders who currently show, hunt, and/or race aside.

Stephanie Kenyon, Morven Park’s executive director noted, “Westmoreland Davis, former governor of Virginia and his wife Marguerite purchased Morven Park in 1903 and were the estate’s last private owners. Mrs. Davis loved foxhunting and rode aside often; her husband founded the Loudoun Hunt and the Masters of Foxhounds Association; and together they bred many winning racehorses at Morven Park.  Our goal today is to welcome riders of all disciplines to Morven Park, and I'm exceptionally proud to have the Side Saddle Chase Foundation consider this elegant 1,000-acre historic estate their new home.  

“Our goal of continuing to show the connection between hunting, point to point racing and the need to protect open spaces is perfectly aligned with Morven Park’s mission,” said Maggie Johnston, vice president of the Side Saddle Chase Foundation. “We are honored to announce this collaboration and look forward to adding more races, clinics and other educational opportunities focused on riding aside.”

The SSCF’s mission as a 501(c)(3) organization is to provide education on riding aside, as well as to promote point to point racing and fox chasing and the need to preserve open spaces where those pursuits are enjoyed. The addition of SSCF-affiliated races have increased race-day attendance and media coverage at the race events at which they have been held. The current race calendar includes races at Loudoun in Virginia, Willowdale in Pennsylvania, and Potomac in Maryland. The SSCF’s website, www.SideSaddleChase.com, includes a Condition Book which lists the rules and requirements for current and future races, horse and rider safety, race requirements, tack and attire guidelines as well as race and year-end awards and scoring.

The Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation is dedicated to preserving Morven Park, once the home of Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis, as a place of historical and cultural value. Morven Park relies on donations to promote equestrian sports and activities conducted at Morven Park; support and maintain the Morven Park International Equestrian Center; further historic preservation and education at Morven Park; support the Park’s education and civics programs and recreation activities; and to maintain and preserve Morven Park’s buildings and grounds. More information can be found at www.MorvenPark.org.

SSCF contacts: Devon Zebrovious, President devon.zebrovious@gmail.com; Maggie Johnston, Vice President maggiejohnston@gmail.com  

Morven Park contact: Stephanie Kenyon, executive director, SKenyon@MorvenPark.org

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The New SSCF Hunter Pace Award Series!

The SSCF is very excited to announce the creation of a new Hunter Pace Award, which is open to all rider and horse members of the SSCF who complete a hunter pace or team chase in a side saddle. The awards, including a trophy and ribbons to 8th place, will be presented to riders/horses in both the jumping and flat sections at the SSCF's annual end-of-year awards ceremony.

The points form and informational flyer pictures below can be downloaded in .pdf form at https://www.sidesaddlechase.com/forms

For more information on the Hunter Pace Award, or if you are interested in sponsoring this or another SSCF award, please contact SSCF VP, Maggie Johnston.

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Wine Tasting Menu Update!

Check out the incredible menu we have planned from local Middleburg restaurant -- and huge SSCF supporter -- Side Saddle Cafe for the Wine Tasting Event on April 9th! Less than 100 tickets are available. This event has sold out in the past, so Get your tickets now before they are gone!

Light Fare:
Three Cheeses Platter, fruit and crackers
Side Saddle Vegetable Tray & Honey Dill Dip
Little Lettuce Pick me Ups: Romaine, roast beef, spicy mustard topped with berries
SSC's famous Cranberry Chicken Salad & crackers

Entree fare:
Seasoned & Seared Pork Fish garnished with fresh berries
Seasoned & Roasted Lamb Loin Roast garnished with Raspberries & Blackberries
Poached Wild Caught Sockeyed Salmon with Cucumber Salad Side
Side Saddle Simple Sliders: 1.Turkey, Lettuce & Tomato 2.BLTs 3.Italian Stallions

Desserts Fare:
Scones & Apple Tarts (these are to-die for, trust us!)

All of the above will be paired with a variety of Greenhill Winery's award-winning wines.

And of course, don't forget to bring your checkbook for the amazing array of silent auction and raffle items that will be offered! All proceeds directly benefit the SSCF, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

 

 

Congratulations to the following riders and horses....

Congratulations to the following riders and horses who, as a result of their demonstrated skills and in accordance with the Condition Book, have been invited to enter all SSCF-affiliated jumping or flat races for the 2017 season:

  1. Maureen Britell & Tango
  2. Andrew Camp & Tilly
  3. Stephanie Dowling & Fort Henry
  4. Amy Jo Magee & Little Lady
  5. Sarah Martin & Finn McCool
  6. Dillyn Ketterman Millnick & Always Elegant
  7. Mary Musheno & Madame Belvedere
  8. Julie Lou Nafe & McCrady's
  9. Sarah O'Halloran & Patrick
  10. Devon Zebrovious & In Todd We Trust

The next opportunity for riders and horses to be approved to enter SSCF races for the 2017 season will be at the Loudoun assessment on April 8, 2017.

SSCF Racing Clinic and Cheshire Assessment

The SSCF, in conjunction with the organizers of Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds Point to Point in Unionville, PA, held a combination racing clinic and assessment ride at the Plantation Field race course on Sunday, April 26th, 2017. Dressed warmly against the brisk wind and chilly temperatures, ten riders and an equal number of auditors participated, and it was a lovely mix of new and experienced riders & horses, including 2016 SSCF Horse of the Year Fort Henry with first-time SSCF jockey Stephanie Dowling; 2016 OVS cup winner Mary Musheno on Julie Nafe's 2016 Cheshire ride Madame Belvedere; and first-time pair Sarah Hansard on the Irish Draught gelding Jake.

SSCF Race Committee Chair, Kirstie Grabosky, welcomed all of the riders and auditors, and then introduced the clinicians: champion jockey Paddy Young of Young Racing, and trainer Ivan Dowling of Grey Lake Stables, LLC. Both of the PA-based Irishmen voiced their support for the SSCF, and were encouraging to all participating in the clinic. Everyone started off at the training area where, following a flat warm-up, the riders were paired up and then sent off to work over a course of 4 rail fences, allowing both riders and clinicians to get a sense of how the horses were going and to give everyone a chance to settle in. After two go 'rounds on the left rein, with comments and suggestions from Paddy and Ivan, the improvement of all was noticeable when the pairs reversed direction to do the course on the right rein.

The group then headed of the start of the Cheshire race course, where they were instructed on how to properly perform a moving start, keeping the horses tight head-to-tail, and watching for the starter to drop his flag; on what the ideal pace was for the 2-mile long race; and the necessity of communicating to the other riders while on course and being aware of not only what one's own horse was doing but also what was going on with other horses. The group was split into two section of five horses, and each worked on performing a good start and pace, before being instructed to jump the first 3 fences on the course. After each section went, Paddy and Ivan offered both praise and advice, and then did it again to incorporate their comments. Finally, the entire group was put together to perform the start and three fences, and the riders experienced what the race itself would be like.

Following the clinic, the participants were treated to a lovely tailgate, and had an opportunity to thank Kirstie, Paddy, Ivan, and the Cheshire race supporters for their time and knowledge. Everyone, whether first-time or experienced race participants, enthusiastically agreed that they had learned a lot from the clinic, and felt more prepared for the upcoming SSCF race season.

Daniela Anderson took pictures of the day, which can be found here.  

Riders will be informed this week if they have been selected to be invited to enter the SSCF  race at Cheshire. The race itself will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2017. More info can be found at www.cheshirepointtopoint.com

 

SSCF Wine Tasting Benefit tickets are now available! Sun., Apr. 9th, 3-6 pm. Greenhill Vineyards' award-winning wine, Side Saddle Cafe's delicious food, plus a silent auction & raffle!

The Not-to-Be-Missed Event of the Spring Race season...

Join us on Sunday April 9th from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards at the 3rd annual wine tasting event!

Tickets for this event are $48.47 (incl. fee) and can be purchased here:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-wine-tasting-event-tickets-32089975982?aff=es2

The event will be held at Greenhill Winery's fabulous Manor House at their vineyard in Middleburg, VA, and feature award-winning wines by Greenhill. While you sip, enjoy delicious catering by Middleburg’s Side Saddle Cafe - Middleburg, VA, including the finest pasture raised meats straight from their farm, Fields of Athenry, and a wide assortment of cheeses, vegetables and desserts. Roast seasoned lamb and salmon with cucumber salad are just two of the several wonderful menu items that will be offered at the event.

We will again offer an incredible array of items available through a silent auction and raffle, with all proceeds benefitting the Side Saddle Chase Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. (Please note, all riders interested in racing in the jump or flat race sections of the Mrs. George C. Everhart Memorial race at the Loudoun point-to-point are required to provide a donation. All donations are due no later than March 28, 2017)

If you are interested in donating an item, please contact event chairs Robin Somers-Strom at rsomersstrom@gmail.com or Anne D'Ignazio at dignazioa@gmail.com.

Time is flying! Race Clinic, Cheshire Assessment, and SSCF benefit Wine Tasting Event!

Wow, time has really been moving quickly, and the SSCF's race clinic & Cheshire race assessment is now only 30 days away! We have been incredibly fortunate to have had a rather mild winter (compared to the last 3 years), and most of our riders have been able to keep riding, hunting, and prepping their horses for the spring race season.

At the Feb. 26, 2017 clinic, participants and auditors will learn from steeplechasing trainers and jockeys on how to properly and safely race your horse in a group at speed over fences while following all race rules. Whether you have previously raced aside or are interested in racing for the first time, this clinic is not to be missed!

As part of the clinic, all riders and horses who wish to ride in the Cheshire race will be assessed. All riders and horses must demonstrate that they are capable of safely riding in and completing the race at the specified distance and pace, and specified height and number of fences. All must meet the horse and rider requirements listed in the Condition Book. This will really help you on race day, as you will be racing over the same course and terrain that you will practice on at the assessment.

All riders and auditors (including trainers or helpers who are watching) must be members of the SSCF prior the start of the clinic/assessment. Membership forms may be found on the SSCF website on the Forms page. All horses must have a current negative Coggins, and participants must sign all required waivers.

Please contact organizer Kirstie Grabosky at kirstiegrabosky@hotmail.com for additional information. All clinic/assessment registration forms must be received no later than Feb. 21, 2017.

Also, please save the date for the SSCF's 3rd annual Wine Tasting Benefit! It will be held in Greenhill Winery's fabulous Manor House at their vineyard in Middleburg, VA, and feature wines by Greenhill, and food by the amazing Fields of Athenry Farm & Side Saddle Cafe. We will again feature an incredible array of items available through a silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting the Side Saddle Chase Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

If you are interested in donating an item, please contact event chairs Robin Somers-Strom at rsomersstrom@gmail.com or Anne D'Ignazio at dignazioa@gmail.com. A donation form can be found here.

See you in 30 days, if not sooner!

SSCF partner Middleburg Photo's picture from the Cheshire race featured in Chronicle of the Horse magazine's "Year in Photos" section

Karen Monroe and Doug Gehlsen, of Middleburg Photo, had one of their pictures from the 2016 Cheshire race featured in the Chronicle of the Horse's "Year in Photos" section featuring pictures from the top equestrian photographers around the world! Congratulations to Karen and Doug, and thank you so much for being one of the SSCF's most ardent partners! http://read.uberflip.com/i/771513-january-16-23-2017/50

PRESS RELEASE: The Side Saddle Chase Foundation Announces the Release of Web Site and Condition Book

By Maggie Johnston

January 10, 2017

Middleburg, VA – The Side Saddle Chase Foundation announces the release of their web site and Condition Book.

Side Saddle Chase Foundation co-founders Devon Zebrovious and Maggie Johnston, who organized the first all side saddle race in the United States in 2015, have launched www.sidesaddlechase.com which includes the Foundation’s race listings, related training and hunting educational events, membership forms, awards including the OVS Perpetual Trophy, partnerships and sponsorship opportunities, and a racing Condition Book.

Devon Zebrovious, president of the Side Saddle Chase Foundation, describes the side saddle races as combining the elegance of riding aside with thrilling and challenging sporting competition. Ms. Zebrovious and her husband George Kuk are owners of Cherry Blossom Farm in Middleburg, Virginia. Together they have over 60 years combined experience riding in the hunter/jumper rings and hunt field. Ms. Zebrovious, a three-time national side saddle champion, has ridden side saddle for more than 15 years in the show ring and hunt field, and has taught many riders who currently show, hunt, and/or race aside.

The Side Saddle Chase Foundation’s mission as a 501(c)(3) organization is to provide education on riding aside, as well as to promote point to point racing and fox chasing and the need to preserve open spaces where those pursuits are enjoyed. The addition of Side Saddle Chase Foundation-affiliated races have proven to produce increased race-day attendance and media coverage. The current spring calendar features races at Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhound in PA, Loudoun in VA, and Potomac in MD.

Donald Yovanovich, President of the Virginia Point to Point Racing Foundation, states, “The Side Saddle Chase Foundation’s growth continues to support point to point races and hunts as they bring in a new audience and supporters through riding aside. Their mission to increase interest in point to point racing supports the need to preserve and protect the land where we hunt and race.”

The new Side Saddle Chase Foundation web site includes a Condition Book, which serves as the rules and requirements for current races and any future races interested in including a side saddle race. Horse and rider safety, race requirements, tack and attire guidelines as well as race and year-end awards and scoring are all included.

Contacts:

To learn more about the Side Saddle Chase Foundation, please contact

Devon Zebrovious, President devon.zebrovious@gmail.com

Maggie Johnston, Vice President maggiejohnston@gmail.com

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the brand new website of the SSCF! Our goal with this site is provide a repository of information on the SSCF, to include upcoming educational events, races, award point totals, and information on past events. We will continue to keep this information up to date in order to provide our members information when they need it.

The SSCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and as such we are able to accept donations to benefit the foundation. Those donations are tax-deductible for the donor. If you are interested in providing a donation, please get in touch with me or Maggie to discuss it.

Thank you, and welcome to the SSCF!

Devon Zebrovious