Maggie Herlensky has been riding aside since 1983. She became certified as a World Sidesaddle Federation, Inc. judge/instructor/clinician in 1985. With her leadership, she helped form Southern Ohio Ladies Aside in 1991. She served as a Trustee for World Sidesaddle Federation for several years. With experience showing hunt seat, saddle seat on gaited horses, western, gymkhana, and distance riding in both competitive trail and endurance riding, she has a wide range of sidesaddle experience. Maggie has been president of American Sidesaddle Association since 2013 and was one of the founders of the organization. She currently enjoys teaching introductory sidesaddle clinics and riding aside in parades and demonstrations.
Location: Ohio, SOLA
My Sidesaddle Horse(s): The bay is Cafe Bar, 20yo standardbred. The sorrel is Red Fern, a standardbred/Hackney horse cross. The bay in the Ursula Sea Witch costume is Sank’s Echo Hawk, morgan gelding, gone since 05. Dark chestnut in lavender is HH Jaszmine, Morab mare, gone since 2019
From a very early age Diana was fascinated with horses. She spent hours drawing and painting horses and unicorns. Diana got her unicorn in a tall black and white draft cross with lots of personality. Gallant Quest or Quest for short is a very willing partner. Diana and Quest have accomplished much in their 14+ years of partnership. They have earned ribbons in Dressage, ridden many miles of trails, fox hunted, walked through fire in mounted police training, jumped, competed in working equitation, and ridden sidesaddle. The sidesaddle adventure started innocently with an internet search. Diana googled sidesaddle and her life has never been the same! Since then the pair has attended sidesaddle clinics, ridden in demos and more than 12 parades, the most memorable being the 2009 Inaugural Parade for President Obama in Washington DC. Diana is a founding member of ASA and earned her JIC with ASA in 2015. She has since taught clinics and continued adding to her sidesaddle collection. Recently Diana and Quest have enjoyed working equitation sidesaddle.
Location: Illinois, NILS
My Sidesaddle Horse: Gallant Quest
I grew up in Southern Ohio where I bed stole or borrowed a horse back ride from anyone I could. Horses were and still are my passion in life. I got my first horse at 7 and showed in 4H throughout my growing up years. I taught at a Girl Scout Horse stable where I eventually managed their program. Through this experience, I became a certified riding instructor. I was coaxed into a sidesaddle for the first time my senior year of high school by a friend in 4H. In college, sidesaddle became my gateway to remaining in the horse world while working and going to school full time. My childhood dream of Montana lead me to a summer job and relocation after college. I now ride aside in local parades and teach lessons and clinics as time permits. I’ve spent several years riding aside in the Bob Marshall Wilderness while working for outfitters and taking personal trips. I can’t wait to get my young daughter in her first sidesaddle.
My Sidesaddle Horse: Loom’s Fudge Fantasy “Baby”
My Sidesaddle Horse: I actually don’t ride sidesaddle. I was a sidesaddle mom. I have been a Safety walker, driver, banner holder, popper Scooper, etc. Our Secretary Andee Vassar is my daughter.
Librarian & Points Secretary
Vicki Pritchard is a founding member of the Southern Ohio Ladies Aside. She has served as the American
Sidesaddle Association Membership Coordinator and Points Chairperson for many years. She lives in
Chillicothe, Ohio, and has not owned a horse or ridden aside for many years; however, she has fond
memories of her gaited horse, Sheba.
My Sidesaddle Horse: Sheba
Marketing & Newsletter
Thirty five plus years involvement with the horse industry. Manager and riding instructor at Sweetwater Equestrian Center, LLC in Conesus, New York teaching English riding at this location for six years. Experienced in endurance racing, polo, sidesaddle riding, dressage, show jumping, gaming and general horse training.
Location: New York, WNYSC
My Sidesaddle Horse: Ivy and Bunny
I’m Audrey Sears, I have had over 20 years in the equine industry with a background in Classical English Riding. I hold 3 college degrees in equine, and 3 certifications in other organizations. I joined the sidesaddle world after meeting Maggie through a Facebook group in early 2021. I volunteered to work on the website as I have worked with coding as a hobby for 15 years. I just acquired my ASA Instructors Certification as well as hold down my household as a stay-at-home-mom of 6.
Location: New York, WNYSC
My Sidesaddle Horse: Sluggo