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2018 Annual Gathering will be March 9-11 at Turning Point Farm, 390 Milford Rd, Downingtown, Pennsylvania 19335. Instructors, registration, and more info coming soon!

The Liberty Side Saddle Network is generously sponsoring a $250 scholarship for an ISSO member. Funds may be used for any sidesaddle educational expense like lessons, clinics (including travel costs), or saddlery courses. For further information about how to apply, including deadlines and address, please see the SCHOLARSHIP PAGE.

WELCOME to our newly elected 2016 officers!! Jenny Kobilinski takes over the Secretary's position from Carolyn Penna, who remains as The Side Saddlery manager. We welcome back Janet Brown as the Executive Director, and MaryAnne Ost on the Board of Directors.

Staff changes for Summer 2015!! Thanks to Carolyn Penna for volunteering as ISSO's Secretary, in addition to managing The Side Saddlery. We give our lasting appreciation to Jeannie Whited, who in May stepped down after 9 years as Treasurer. Holly Ray is acting as the new Treasurer starting in June. Holly's move to the Treasurer seat leaves a Board seat open. Please contact ISSO if you are interested in helping to guide the organization.

ISSO Secretary wanted!! This volunteer position is responsible for handling the organization's correspondence (paper and electronic), keeping membership and mailing lists current, taking minutes at meetings, and holding archival material. (Some functions can be delegated.) We require someone who enjoys interacting with people and is detail-oriented. Experience with Excel and Word (or similar programs) is necessary, Google Drive is a plus but can be learned on the job. Experience with and willingness to use social media (especially Facebook) on ISSO's behalf is a plus. Time commitment estimated at 2 hours/week, with surges around the Annual Gathering and Dec/Jan (membership renewal time). If you are interested, please email us at

$250 scholarship opportunity sponsored by the Liberty Side Saddle Network. Deadline to apply is July 15. Click here for more information.

Staff Changes!!! ISSO thanks Barb Thelen for her many years serving ISSO, including as its Secretary from 2006-2014. We also thank Linda Flemmer for running The Side Saddlery for the past 8 years. Both were strictly volunteers, and their service to ISSO cannot be underestimated. While Linda continues to serve as a Board Member, Barb is pursuing her retirement dreams and spending more time with horses and family.

The Side Saddlery has moved and has a new manager! We welcome Carolyn Penna to the job. Carolyn brings her experience running a small custom embroidery business to the store, now located in Branchburg, NJ.

The next issue of Aside World is being prepared for an August mailing date. Submissions welcome - what have YOU been up to this summer? Attended a clinic? Entered your first show, or maybe your twenty-first? Found a neat collectible? Email submissions from short tidbits to long how-tos at

Watch this space for announcements and events throughout the year.

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