All About Riding Side-Saddle is the ideal manual for the beginner, and contains handy hints for the novice, as well as the more experienced side-saddle rider. Some of the subjects included in the book are: different types of side-saddle; fitting the side-saddle; mounting and dismounting; the correct seat; the habit and turnout. The simple text and clear, corresponding photographs are easy to follow and will provide an invaluable aid for every side-saddle rider, whether they chose to hack out, hunt or enter the show ring.
Patricia Spooner, now semi-retired, has over the years covered many equestrian events and activities for local newspapers - everything from point-to-points to heavy horse shows. She has had articles published in Riding, Hunting and The Lady magazines, among others, on the side-saddle and the habit, often illustrating them with old prints and photographs which she collects. Patricia also plays an active part in her daughter's side saddle business. Victoria Spooner has used her own Highland pony, Roam of Trewyn, in this book to demonstrate how well a pony can take to the elegant art of side-saddle and proving it is not just for thoroughbreds and hunters. Vicky has a saddlery supplying items exclusively for the side-saddle rider. She travels extensively in the south of England to shows and clinics, as well as spending three days at the Side Saddle Association Annual Show at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, in August.