There is no limit to what
sidesaddle world record
holder Susan Oakes hopes
BY KIM KLIMEK
Since the age of 4 when Irish native Susan Oakes first started riding aside on her donkey, Rosie, she has been raising the bar for herself, literally. Oakes currently holds the sidesaddle world record over the puissance wall ( 6' 8") and the triple bar ( 6' 5").
A self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie who enjoys
pushing her limits, Oakes competes in steeplechase
racing and show jumping. She also fox hunts and plays
polo, both aside and astride.
“[Steeplechase] racing keeps my adrenaline up,” says
It was a dream come true because I’d always wanted to ride
Oakes. “I race every weekend. I’ve also done sky diving
and some of the biggest bungee jumps in the world.”
While Oakes keeps her eyes set on the stars, she has
already seen some of her dreams come true. “[Most
memorable] was riding sidesaddle in the U.S. at the first
race at the Cheshire Point to Point in Pennsylvania,” says
Oakes. “I had been sick for the previous two years with an
immune virus, and it was my first major competition back.
aside in the U.S.”