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2017 ISSO Annual Gathering

March 10-12, 2017

Frying Pan Farm Park , Herndon, VA
Sheraton Herndon Dulles Airport Hotel, Herndon, VA

Click HERE to register!!

Come and join the fun at the ISSO Annual Gathering March 10-12, 2017, held at the Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, VA! There is plenty of activity for un-mounted as well as mounted attendees.

Come join us for a weekend of sidesaddle fun! We have a full schedule of lessons, lectures, saddle fittings, shopping, and social time. Attendance fee includes all the educational sessions held in the meeting room, Saturday lunch, and ringside observation of lessons and saddle fittings all three days. Unmounted sessions include the very popular "Yoga For Equestrians" and equine microchipping - with more topics in the works! Saturday group lessons with Gail DiScipio and Roger Philpot are offered for those bringing their own horses and tack. Private lessons are available on Friday and Sunday (group lessons possible depending on rider interest and clinician availability). We have an indoor arena reserved for Saturday, but if the weather is cooperative, we may move to an outdoor ring or even the cross-country course!

New to side-saddle? Just want to try it out? Sign up for our Sunday Have-A-Go! The program covers "Side Saddle 101" and a 15-minute mounted session on an experienced horse with properly fitted saddle. Please wear riding tights or breeches (no jeans), safe boots for riding with a small heel, ASTM approved riding helmet, and temperature-appropriate clothes. This popular feature sells out fast, so be sure to sign up early! Click HERE to register!!

Sue Tobin, an experienced side-saddle fitter, is available for saddle fitting & flocking appointments ($25 deposit). Fitting appointments are limited, please reserve early. (Most fittings are around $50, but a final fee will be established by private treaty based on work required.)

Saturday evening, after the horses are tucked in, come mingle at the hotel lounge then join us for a wonderful banquet to celebrate the 2015 season. We will present awards to our 2016 Awards Program participants, raffle some fantastic prizes like books and side saddle themed artwork. Best of all, it's an evening spent relaxing among friends. The banquet is hosted at our prefered hotel, the Sheraton Herndon Dulles.

Get Your Raffle Tickets!!! All ticket sales directly support our mission of educating people about riding side saddle. The drawing will be held during the Saturday Banquet, but you need not be present to win! [ISSO is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, as determined by the IRS. If you are interested in donating to ISSO, either to the raffle, an awards sponsorship, or another way, please contact us at

Friday night, we invite everyone to attend ISSO's annual Membership Meeting over a late dinner at an offsite restaurant. Voting members will elect new officers (counting absentee and in-person ballots), and hear about last year and plans for 2017 and beyond. Though the topics are serious, we tend to keep it fast-moving. It's also a great time to suggest new ideas or even volunteer your talents. After the meeting, there is time to chat with friends or rest up for tomorrow!

Are you willing to let a horseless rider use your horse and tack? Are you a horseless or saddle-less rider? Please let us know!! Although we cannot provide horses and saddles, we hope to help by sharing lists of those in need and those willing to provide. Suitability and terms will be at the discretion of the parties involved, ISSO is only providing contact information. If you are interested, please e-mail us at or call (706) 871-ISSO (4776).

Our event hotel is the Sheraton Herndon Dulles. Rooms are $99/night plus tax, and can be reserved by calling 571-643-0950. Mention you are with ISSO to get the rate. Please be aware that there is NO camping onsite!! (We will have a night watchman, for the horse's safety.) For those travelling from out of the area, we recommend flying into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). It is about a 10 minute drive to the hotel. Or, if you don't want to rent a car, Sheraton provides a free shuttle, and we can assist you with travel between the hotel and the park.

We hope you will join us. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at or call (706) 871-ISSO (4776).

Please review the documents and fill out the registration form. Once you have completed the registration, use a PayPal to submit your payment. Remember your total, it will not auto-fill for you, though you may be able to use your browser's "back" button to see it. (Don't worry if you forget, we can send you an invoice.) Don't have a PayPal account? Ask us to send you an invoice, and you can pay using your credit card, or you can print and mail it in with a check.

Annual Gathering REGISTER ONLINE! or snail mail registration form

After you complete the form, please submit your funds to using PayPal.

If you prefer, print a form and mail to:
ISSO Annual Gathering, 5823 Westwater Ct., Centreville, VA 20121

Make checks payable to ISSO.

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