Last year Zaldi came out with their newest and nicest model of side saddle called the Lady England which is based on a Mayhew Lissadel even with the correct Mayhew safety stirrup bar.
(Photo from Zaldi)
Becca Holland from the Flying Foxes Side Saddle Display Team, has been to the Zaldi factory and see their Lady England tree and she said that it is a proper made tree. She also suggested that I contact Hold Your Horses, where she is ordering her Lady England side saddle from as they are the UK authorized dealers of Zaldi saddles, to see if they could ask Zaldi about making an off-side saddle for me.
Well, Lesley from Hold Your Horses got back to me after I inquired and she said that Zaldi would make me a custom off-side Lady England with with the reverse Mayhew safety stirrup fitting! She quoted me a price which I thought was VERY, VERY reasonable for a CUSTOM OFF-SIDE side saddle although she did say that if she was able to get 5 orders together for off-sides, then she could renegotiate the price for me. SO if any one is wanting an off-side, then let me know as the more people we can get, the cheaper the price. Email me at crinolinegirl @ corsetsandcrinolines.com for more information (take out the space before and after the @ symbol in my email address).
This week's issue of Horse and Hound also came out today and in it was a mini article on the lack of off-side side saddles and the demand for them. It is talks about Lucinda Sims who is the grandaughter of Betty Skelton, about how she had to give up riding aside two years ago due to her having arthritis in her right hip (same as me) and in her knee and how if she could find an off-side side saddle, then she would be able to ride without pain again. The article goes on to quote Laura Dempsey about how rare they are, how they are not able to be made any more due to lack of trees and how most of them end up going to the USA. Then the author quoted me about me finding my Beck Morrow and being able to ride without pain in it!
I've tried to email Lucinda Sims about the off-side Zaldi side saddle but her email address keeps bouncing. I'm going to try again tomorrow and if not, contact the author at Horse and Hound if she can pass on the message for me as she takes side saddle lessons from Lucinda Sims.
Hopefully, this article will kick start some more interest in off-side riding as the demand is there and in 2012, you would think that the technology would be there to make an off-side tree easily. Hopefully Zaldi will be able to fill this void in the market now.