Rachael Jayne Barker

Rachael - Petplan Equine Ambassador

I have always insured my horse with Petplan Equine and would not choose anyone else. They offer an excellent service and have been brilliant with the claims I have had over the past 10 years.

Rachael Jayne Barker is from Nottingham and rides in multiple disciplines with an interest in side saddle. To Rachael, responsible ownership is not only the daily management and care but also long term management and planning for ‘what may come’.

Rachael is a McTimoney equine manipulator and independent saddle fitter. Rachael owns 4 horses and has one other side saddle ride on Amanda Chatfield’s Kingsclough Masquerade (Marcus):

  • Sleet, Rachael’s oldest horse at the age of 20, is now retired due to arthritic changes and mild kissing spine syndrome. She fully intends to keep him active, comfortable and entertained, but this may no longer involve ridden work
  • Lord Gale (Lordie) is 15 year old Irish Thoroughbred who is now mainly ridden by Sophie Neil
  • My Little Wing Man (Tristan) is a traditional coloured pony and is now 6 years old. He continues to impress with his life-loving attitude, following surgery to remove his left eye after suffering with Uveitis. Tristan proved he really isn’t fazed by anything at the Stars 2019 championships at Aintree in 2019.
  • Goodmans’ Gift (Blee), owned by Goodman Corporate Finance, is a 6 year old Irish Sport Horse, who joined the team in 2018.
  • Kingsclough Masquerade (Marcus), owned by Amanda Chatfield, became Rachael’s side-saddle ride 4 years ago

Plans for 2020

  • Aim to qualify and compete at the Side Saddle National Show in the Equitation Championships with Marcus. Rachael is determined to not only perform a quality equitation test, but also a smooth show jumping round
  • To attempt some ‘sideways dressage’ at the Nationals this year
  • To event Blee who is on good form to start eventing this year. She also plans to compete in pure dressage with Blee, and is aiming for the Petplan Equine Area Festivals
  • Aims to compete Tristan at the TGCA (Traditional gypsy cob association) championships. He qualified in 2019, but unfortunately it clashed with the 2019 Side Saddle Nationals so she hopes to make it this year!
  • Although Lordie is now mainly ridden by Sophie Neil, Rachael will still be involved in his schooling and flatwork and plans to get a side saddle on him later in the season

Plans for 2019

  • After a quiet 2018 due to injury, Rachael’s first and most important aim is to stay sound and injury free in 2019!
  • To return to side saddle in full fitness, and contest the Novice Equitation side saddle championships with Marcus. They also aim to continue with the county show circuit and make their Royal Windsor debut in 2019.
  • To get Lordie out to ROR classes at county level, and continue his dressage progression up he levels to novice by the end of the year.
  • Tristan will continue with some local level in-hand and lead rein ridden classes but is also going to be broken to drive.
  • Blee, after a delayed start to his career, will be out and about combined training and aiming for his first event season.
  • Sleet’s soundness and comfort will continue to be a priority, with the hope of some little dressage or mini jumping trips out in the summer to keep him entertained and happy.

Rachael’s Guide to Side Saddle

The practice of riding side saddle has been dated back to before the 14th century and requires the use of a different style of saddle, and therefore a different seated position. Rachael reminds us that when getting started in side saddle riding, “finding the right kit and training for yourself and your horse can seem a challenge, but I can assure you that it is worth the effort and you must remember to enjoy it!”

Interested in giving riding side saddle a go? Read Rachael’s guide to find out more about the sport and how to get started.

Side saddle guide