Pam Gamble and Billy Anderson have both shared a lifelong passion for horses and the various types of riding. After they announced their engagement in 2012, Pam decided to venture into the discipline of sidesaddle for her grand wedding entrance. Even with no instructors in the Memphis region, Pam taught herself to ride aside through books, instructional videos and information she found on the internet. After the wedding, her name was no longer Gamble, but now Anderson and the love for sidesaddle grew stronger.
Gradually, several friends and fellow members of the Nashoba Carriage Association started expressing interest in learning to ride aside. Brooke Ballenger became acquainted with the American Sidesaddle Association at the National Drive carriage event, where she accepted their invitation to join them in Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade. Also, Laura (Shifflette) Lawson accompanied Pam in the Germantown Charity Horse Show’s inaugural sidesaddle classes in 2016. Together they shared the elegance of riding aside at the Nashoba Carriage Classic’s Drive and Ride as well as Longreen Foxhound’s opening hunt. Brooke introduced them to the Tennessee Sidesaddle chapter of the ASA, and also joined them for the 2017 Germantown Charity Horse Show sidesaddle classes.
The three of them, along with Billy Anderson, base themselves at Oak View Stables in Olive Branch, Mississippi. After they participated in the ASA clinic in Lynnville, Tennessee, they generated a large amount of interest in riding aside in the area; to accommodate and organize, they decided to form a sub-chapter of Tennessee Sidesaddle to include the entire Mid-South of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas regions.
We support the American Sidesaddle Association by attending as many of their events as possible, and by meeting together as a group. We meet yearly or more often, socially or mounted aside