Sheila Shaw Riding School, Cricket Green
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|Notes / History||Sheila Shaw Riding School, Cricket Green, Mitcham in the 1960s.
Horse–riding has been a popular sport for centuries. Generations of youngsters, particularly those from wealthy backgrounds, have been taught to ride as preparation for hunting and warfare in later life.
Until fairly recently, horse-riding was regarded as a male orientated sport. This may be because it was only considered ladylike for women to ride ’side-saddle’, a rather awkward and uncomfortable position, particularly for a rider encumbered by layers
of heavy skirts.