OTTBs Shine As Sidesaddle Mounts

Epilogue (Nothern Spur—Shared Reflections, Pursuit), a 20-year-old off-track Thoroughbred, won the ladies hunter side-saddle division at the Pennsylvania National horse show this year. The gelding was piloted to the victory by Ashleigh Glorioso, who was Champion of the division the last two years, also aboard Thoroughbreds.

Epilogue was bred in Kentucky by Carolyn Friedburg and raced 29 times under race name of Algezir. He originally ran on the turf, but switched to jump racing in 2006. Though Epilogue was originally intended to be her sister’s mount, Ashleigh took the reins to ride him aside.

Glorioso won in 2018 aboard Southern Will (Will’s Way—Parade Charade, Dixieland Band). Like Epilogue, Southern Will had traditional mounted training before coming to Glorioso to be taught to ride sidesaddle.

However, Glorioso’s 2017 mount, Turtle (Malibu Moon—Sea In Flash, Satan’s Flame), came straight from Laurel Park. Turtle had raced for six years and needed quite a bit of downtime, Glorioso told The Chronicle of the Horse.

Glorioso enjoys the OTTBs because they have seen a lot and are broke; in addition, she can be competitive in the sidesaddle class at a bigger venue, where she wouldn’t be competitive against Warmbloods in the larger divisions. Gloroiso competes in traditional hunter/jumper competition most of the year, but begins prepping for the sidesaddle competition a few weeks before the Pennsylvania National.

Read more at The Chronicle of the Horse.

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