‘Kick on, girls’

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AN ex­tra­or­di­nary col­lec­tion of sidesad­dles be­long­ing to the late in­struc­tor and pres­i­dent of the Side Sad­dle As­so­ci­a­tion, Roger Philpot, is to be sold at auc­tion.

Philpot, who taught both side-sad­dle and astride styles for 40 years at his Pit­tern Hill Sta­bles in Kine­ton, Warwickshire, died sud­denly in Septem­ber, aged 80. He had amassed more than 35 side-sad­dles.

‘I’ve never seen such an amaz­ing col­lec­tion,’ says Christo­pher Iron­mon­ger of Big­wood Auc­tion­eers. The sale takes place on De­cem­ber 14 at 10.30am at The Old School, Tid­ding­ton, near Strat­ford-on-avon.

With his motto of ‘Kick on, girls’, Philpot helped many women to ride el­e­gantly aside. Among his for­mer pupils are Martha Sitwell and Philippa Hol­land, or­gan­iser of the Dianas of the Chase side-sad­dle steeple­chase.

‘I credit Roger with get­ting me to ride again at all, be­cause I’d com­pletely lost my nerve,’ says Lady Sitwell. ‘He was a won­der­ful teacher and a huge char­ac­ter. His flat cap was of­ten re­moved and shoved be­tween some­one’s thigh and their sad­dle to hold their leg in place! He is so very missed.’

For fur­ther de­tails of the auc­tion, visit www.big­woodauc­tion­eers.com or tele­phone 01789 269415. Flora Watkins

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