Susan Sisco and Ringfort Tinkaturk Top Ladies Side Saddle at Devon Horse Show

Devon, Pa. – May 29, 2019 – The Ladies Side Saddle division took center stage during Ladies Day at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. The division featured an under saddle sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott, a hunter hack and an over fences class. Susan Sisco and Ringfort Tinkaturk ultimately took home the championship tricolor earning first place in the under saddle and in the hunter hack, and second in the over fences.

Susan Sisco - Winner of the Ladies Side Saddle championship. Photo: The Book LLC
Susan Sisco – Winner of the Ladies Side Saddle championship. Photo: The Book LLC

Sisco and Ringfort Tinkaturk are no strangers to the Devon winner’s circle. The pair took home the championship in 2016 after Ringfort Tinkaturk made a career change to side saddle from eventing. The 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding competed at the CCI2* level with Lizzie Snow and served as Snow’s CH-Y2* mount at the 2013 North American Junior & Young Rider Championships. The transition proved to be no challenge for Ringfort Tinkaturk under the expert guidance of Sisco.

Side saddle has been a long standing tradition at the Devon Horse Show. The style of riding was first introduced in Great Britain by Anne of Bohemia in 1382, at the time of her marriage to King Richard II. It introduced a more independent way of travel, since travel was primarily through cart or carriage back then. Devon carries on the tradition of this unique division every year on Ladies Day of the annual Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

Susan Sisco - Winner of the Ladies Side Saddle championship
Susan Sisco – Winner of the Ladies Side Saddle championship

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

On her horse:
“He’s a horse that I first saw a few years ago and didn’t really have anyone for him. About six months after I saw him, I saw him again in Aiken, didn’t know it was the same horse and showed him to his now owner, Barbara Wanamaker, and we left after trying him, called each other and said ‘Oh we love him. I tried him six months ago and I loved him then. That is a really good horse’. Barbara [Wanamaker] does all of the conditioning and training and keeps him at home. She just loves him like a pet. When he was injured and we weren’t sure how complete is recovery would become, she would have been happy if she could only walk him on trail rides. She loves him that much.”

On previously being an event horse:
“He was a 2* event horse which is hard to believe. One of the reasons why he wasn’t successful is that he’s just not that fast. The transition wasn’t difficult for him. He’s such a good horse. He is so humble and he just does whatever it is you want and thinks that’s what a horse should do. He requires less preparation than any horse I’ve ever had. He walks from the stall to the ring.”

On competing at Devon:
“It’s so exciting! I’ve done this for a very long time – this is probably my 40th Devon, or getting close to that. A Devon win is always an honor but I’m on a horse that I know can be the winner, so I just try not to make a mistake.”

Susan Sisco - Winner of the Ladies Side Saddle championship
Susan Sisco – Winner of the Ladies Side Saddle championship

RESULTS

$200 Ladies Hunter Side Saddle Under Saddle and The Dogwood Hill Farm Perpetual Trophy
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner
1. Ringfort Tinkaturk / Susan Sisco / Barbara Wanamaker
2. Reba Dean / Stephen Di Pasqua / Alexis C. Dipasqua
3. Casandra / Nicole Laferrara / Theresa Peck
4. Deluxe Edition / Donna Marron / Ashley Jenkins
5. Purple Reign / Sandra Litvin / Sandra Litvin
6. Renogotiate / Pie Truono / Pie Truono
7. Finali / Mary Ost / Mary Ost
8. Krugerand / Mary E. Musherno / Mary E. Musheno
9. Frankie / Katie Kashner / Katie Kashner
10. Pas De Chat / Julie Bigham / Julie Bigham
11. Little Lady / Amy Jo Magee / Amy Jo / Magee

$200 Ladies Hunter Side Saddle Hunter Hack and The Hannah Kardon Perpetual Trophy
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner
1. Ringfort Tinkaturk / Susan Sisco / Barbara Wanamaker
2. Reba Dean / Stephen Di Pasqua / Alexis C. Dipasqua
3. Little Lady / Amy Jo Magee / Amy Jo / Magee
4. Purple Reign / Sandra Litvin / Sandra Litvin
5. Pas De Chat / Julie Bigham / Julie Bigham
6. Casandra / Nicole Laferrara / Theresa Peck
7. Krugerand / Mary E. Musherno / Mary E. Musheno
8. Deluxe Edition / Donna Marron / Ashley Jenkins

$200 Ladies Hunter Side Saddle Over Fences and The Second Wasatch Perpetual Trophy
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner
1. Felton / Melissa Gartland / Jean Bickley
2. Ringfort Tinkaturk / Susan Sisco / Barbara Wanamaker
3. Reba Dean / Stephen Di Pasqua / Alexis C. Dipasqua
4. Little Lady / Amy Jo Magee / Amy Jo / Magee
5. Krugerand / Mary E. Musherno / Mary E. Musheno
6. Pas De Chat / Julie Bigham / Julie Bigham

Ladies Hunter Side Saddle Champion and Reserve and The True Blue Challenge Trophy
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner
1. Ringfort Tinkaturk / Susan Sisco / Barbara Wanamaker
2. Reba Dean / Stephen Di Pasqua / Alexis C. Dipasqua

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