Side-saddle team chasers make history

  • At the Belvoir team chase a fortnight ago, the Patey Hats Legover Ladies team (right) became the first all side-saddle team to win an affiliated chase.

    Emma Brown, Jenny Torrance, Frances Elson and Babette Cole (pictured below) won the novice speed class, run over a substantial, up-to-height hedge and timber track on Garthorpe racecourse.

    All four are accomplished all-round side-saddle competitors — and also hunt side-saddle regularly in Leicestershire and with the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale.

    “It’s so exciting,” said founder member Emma, an HGV lorry driver by profession. “We’ve been team chasing for several seasons and have been in the ribbons many times, but it is hard to win a class. You need well-balanced horses that are good jumpers to do this side-saddle.”

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