This is Tobi Martin, American from Shreveport, Louisiana, living in New Zealand. I am a sidesaddle rider, but my Peruvian / standardbred cross is just 5 and I am waiting for my Peruvian sidesaddle from Peru to come. I hope to come…"
On my un-Birthday Feb 28 (I'm really on Feb 29), I rode Centellear for the first time in a demo. It was both fun and challenging, but always exciting. She was calm and never gave up in spite of the so-hot day.
"Dear Dimitri, Glad to hear all your comments about the white outfit for sidesaddle. You seem to have a lot of experience both with the habits and saddles. Where do you live? I am in New Zealand, working on the costume for aside riding with Peruvian…"
I am a very avid sidesaddle rider. My friend, Heather Batkin of Smoothrunning farm, breeds Peruvian horses. She also trains me. I was in my first show riding Peruvians in April 2008--but not sidesaddle....saddle not ready yet.
I bought my first horse in 2008 (born Nov 2005) a chestnut mare Peruvian/standardbred cross. Her name is Centellear (to scintillate or shine in Spanish). I have ordered a Peruvian sidesaddle from Artes La Esperanza in Peru but I haven't received it yet. ! also have an astride saddle made by Alberto Barrena with flexi-pads, which is great.
I would be very happy to talk about sidesaddle (or general Peruvian) riding with any ladies who do it on Peruvians.
Sorry no picture of me on Sidesaddle yet!
I am a:
I am a Member of These Associations:
New Zealand sidesaddle Association, NZ Nationl Spanish Horse Assoc.
My aside riding pictures are just practice. I have not ridden any events aside yet. Hoping to next summer. I have one picture posted which is a little fuzzy because of the arena dust.....we were practicing & I had Espe step up on a barrel just for fun. It was very cold that day last February & I was in a heavy jacket looking "pudgy". Wisconsin can be brutal in the winter. I still find a way to ride whatever the weather.