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2018 ISSO Annual Gathering Bios

March 9-11, 2018


Anne Moss
Anne Moss started riding aside in 1999 and has enjoyed riding aside in ladies hunter divisions, in dressage, foxhunting, exhibitions, demonstrations and parades. Her passion is developing the confidence and balance of each horse and rider through skillful equitation, clarity of aside and astride aids with the goal of improved harmony and understanding. Her teaching is strongly dressage based and focuses on the horse and rider biomechanics in relation to balance, comfort and performance.
She graduated United States Pony Club with an 'A' rating, is a (UK) Side Saddle Association 'A' certified instructor and judge, USDF 'R' judge, earned USDF Bronze and Silver Medals riding aside, has evented through intermediate 3-day level, ridden competitively in dressage through Intermediare level, and has foxhunted for 30 years.


Heidi Opdyke has ridden side saddle for over 25 years. She has been a Side Saddle Association (SSA) 'A' instructor for over 20 years and is a certified judge. She has received instruction from some of the best SS teachers in the world - Betty Skelton, Billette Mackie and Roger Philpot. After hunting and showing for many years in the UK and US, she currently shows her Peruvian Pasos both aside and astride as an adult Amateur. Heidi is graciously donating her time and talents to this event.


Laureen Bartfield, DVM, cVSMT (Have-A-Go)
Laureen Bartfield, DVM CVSMT. Laureen is a veterinarian, practicing in NC, specifically directing a mobile low cost pay neuter practice whose mission it is to eliminate euthanasia of unwanted dogs and cats. Laureen has also been practicing Equine Chiropractic and Acupuncture over the last few years. Laureen began riding aside in 2001 after traveling to NJ with her soul-horse, Black Tie, to attend a clinic - neither had ever been up close and personal with a sidesaddle, much less ridden sideways! However, the art of sidesaddle is nothing short of addicting. Currently, Laureen rides her Mustang sidesaddle in many different activities, including working cattle, hunter paces, obstacle competitions, mounted shooting and hopes to try Western Dressage. She is a Level 2 ISSO Certified Instructor.



Amy Jo Magee (saddle fitting)
Amy has been riding sidesaddle since the early 1990s, and started showing in 1996. Since then, her love and desire to keep the art of sidesaddle alive has grown. In 2004 she started working with leather as a hobby and takes lessons and works with a master saddler every chance she gets. What started as learning to keep her own saddles in good repair and fit quickly led to helping others with their own saddles. She has helped many local (and not so local ladies who are willing to ship in) find and fit a saddle for their own mounts. While she wishes she could do this full time, she does try to help as many people as possible with repair and flocking/fitting of their saddles. She is planning a trip to the UK in 2019 to take a sidesaddle refurbishment class at The Saddlery Training Centre.
She currently participates in USEF rated shows, winning the Ladies sidesaddle national reserve champion title for 2017, as well as foxhunting sidesaddle, and participating in the popular sidesaddle steeplechase races. In the past she has taken her first homebred to the national reserve champion title as well as compete in eventing at the national championships at training level sidesaddle. She fits all her own saddles for these events. While she has never had a desire to teach others how to ride aside, she loves to teach others the proper fit and care of these saddles as well as some of the specialized pieces that go with them. Amy has a Facebook page showcasing some of her work.



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