Exercise Saddle Offered at Auction to Benefit Oriana Rossi

Exercise Saddle Offered at Auction to Benefit Oriana Rossi

Charlie Ridley, a well-known saddle and tack maker in the horse racing industry, has donated a hand-crafted exercise saddle to benefit Jockey Oriana Rossi.


The saddle, which is full leather with an alligator seat, will go up for bids beginning Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the racing office at Indiana Grand and will be available in that location for bids until 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The saddle will then be moved to the grandstand area and will be open for bids until 8 p.m. Saturday, which is closing night for the 2015 racing season at Indiana Grand.


“My dad (Charlie Ridley) has given five saddles for riders who have experienced injuries to help raise money for them,” said Cindy Patrick, who is poised to set new records for most wins and most earnings in one season by an owner. “He has been making tack for over 30 years. He lives in Oklahoma City, Okla. and has a portable shop, so he travels around to different racetracks to fix and sell everything for a horse, from bridles, yokes and saddles.”


The retail price on the saddle up for auction for Rossi retails at $550. The lowest amount brought in by one of Ridley’s saddle for a cause such as this has been $1,800.


“A lot of the trainers at Indiana Grand use his saddles,” said Patrick. “He adds in small details on every saddle he makes, such as nylon covered billets so the holes don’t strip out after multiple uses. His saddles last forever.”


The bidding will open up at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 through a silent auction setting in the racing office. To check the status of the bids or to place a bid on the saddle, call the racing office at (317) 421-3283 until 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. No other bids via telephone will be taken after that time.


Rossi, who has been a longtime member of Indiana Grand’s jockey colony, continues to recover from injuries sustained in a racing incident Wednesday, July 22. Rossi is the track’s all-time leading female jockey with 103 career wins and more than $2.1 million in purse earnings at Indiana Grand.


Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues at Indiana Grand through Saturday, Oct. 31, racing at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday through Fridaywith Saturday racing held at 6:05 p.m.

Source: Indiana Grand


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