Attempt to break High Jump Side Saddle World Record

Attempt to break High Jump Side Saddle World Record

An attempt to break the world record for jumping side saddle will take place during Aintree’s annual National Show on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July.

97 years on, Aintree Equestrian Centre is hopeful the record of 6’6”, set by Mrs Esther Stace in Sydney, Australia can be broken at Aintree, home of the John Smith’s Grand National.

The Leaping Ladies Side Saddle Challenge has already attracted a huge amount of interest, attracting competitors from across the channel in Johnstown, Navan, Ireland.  Susan Oakes, who regularly competes in side saddle events is confident she can break the record on English soil having jumped the record height at home. Another keen Side Saddle enthusiast, Leicestershire based Emm Brown has also shown an interest in taking part.

‘The Chairmans Cup’ will be presented to the winner of the Leaping Ladies Challenge, along with a prize to the highest placed Junior.

This challenge, forms just a small part of the two-day equestrian spectacular with over 300 Showing and Show Jumping classes scheduled to take place in the centre of the famous Aintree course.  In 2011, the inaugural Show took place and attracted over 60 retrained racehorses, competing to take home the prize of £1,000 in the retrained racehorse championship and bag another £1,000 bonus in the Supreme Championship.  The event offers free admission and is a great opportunity for families to get close to the competitions taking place during the weekend.

The popularity of the inaurugal show has encouraged Aintree to stage an evening performance in the International Equestrian Centre (Saturday 28th July) with a Moulin Rouge theme, including Concours costume classes, a costume dressage display and the shows In Hand Championship.  A family friendly event, supported by the John Hulley Olympics Festival (Liverpool Heartbeat) will also be present and running dance and cheer leading workshops for the children with the aim of promoting healthy lifestyles in an educational and entertaining way, this kicks off at 3.30pm and will run into the evening.  The Leaping Ladies Side Saddle Challenge will also take place on the evening of Saturday 28th July at approximatly 8.30pm.

Commenting on the two-day line up, Carly Goodall, National Show Secretary said: ‘We received huge support for the inaugural showing show last year and hope that we can pick up where we left off.  The added bonus of the Leaping Ladies Sidesaddle Challenge is an exciting addition and we do hope we can break a new World Record at Aintree in July.’