On December 13th By The Love Of Horses Welcomed Susan Oates Winner of the Guinness World Record For High Jumping While Riding Side Saddle

On Sunday December 13th, By the Love of Horses welcomed Susan Oakes who set the Side Saddle High Jump Record seven years ago.In October, 2020, Susan's jump was recognised by Guinness World Records. Simply clearing a 6'5″ or higher obstacle aboard a horse is an astounding feat. Seven year ago, Ireland's Susan Oakes did it while riding side saddle.
When Susan Oakes received her diagnosis she saw it as a challenge to live her best equestrian life while her body still enabled her to. She did not simply accept the diagnosis and make a retreat from life. Instead, she embraced life and challenged it and herself to become all that she wanted to and could be. Susan Oakes is an inspiration to all of us, women and men alike.
Land Rover, by Budds’ Imported Cars, Oakville, Ontario Canada would like to congratulate Susan Oakes for her Guinness World Record. "Susan has shown true determination to reach her goals! We wish her much success in the future.”

As a rider at 60 years old, I believe that all can benefit from the secret of riding. I myself raised with a British background, take inspiration from the Queen who continues to ride at 94 years old. I believe that the same can be true for today’s youth. Riding can give them hope that they can overcome the challenges that they face and give them the confidence to become all that they can.  

I was moved by the calls I received after my interview with Libby Znaimer from women and men who told me their stories of their love of horses and riding. They told me how riding set them up to overcome their circumstances. Some came out of the Depression, some out of World War II... these riders did not let these experiences dampen their efforts to achieve a full and happy life and make a contribution to their respective communities. All mentioned that riding helped immeasurably in this. They believe that riding gave them the confidence in themselves and in their ability to do something ... to go after what they wanted their lives to be.

If you are interested in sharing your experiences of horses, whether of riding or not, in the past, or more recently, on my show on Zoomer Radio, please contact me at ByTheLoveOfHorses@redscarfequestrian.ca 

Susan Jamieson

By The Love Of Horses is written by Doug Allen, a student of history at the University of Toronto, who believes in the need to be versed in country things. Doug’s father travelled extensively by horse on the Canadian prairies and his uncle as a small boy wept at the passing of a family horse. He is writing a novel set in Winnipeg, Canada exploring the nature of indigenous and non-indigenous relations and what it means to come home.

Hear the Podcast of the Show at https://www.zoomerradio.ca/podcasts/by-the-love-of-horses/



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