Last year’s Quorn opening meet attracted a British post-war record of 40 ladies riding side saddle. This season, organiser Emma Brown (pictured) is hoping for an even bigger turnout.

“We have had a huge response and are hoping to beat the 50 side saddle riders who attended the Meath meet in Ireland in January,” said Emma.

Side saddle “dashers” Martha Sitwell and Becca Holland and event rider Fiona Davidson are expected to attend, plus a host of first-timers. Riders will enjoy tackling some of the cream of the Quorn’s Leicestershire country.

Both jumping and non-jumping ladies — and foot-followers — are welcome at the opening meet which takes place on Friday, 25 October and the cocktail party afterwards.

Some side saddle hirelings are still available.

For more information contact Emma Brown directly, tel: 07771 984823 or email emmacb6969@yahoo.com