Much of late has been said and written against and in favour of cross-saddle riding for girls and women. A lady at my elbow has just given her emphatic opinion that it is neither graceful nor modest, and she predicts that the system will never come into vogue or meet the approval of the finer sense of women.
(for those of you not sure - yes, cross-saddle is what is commonly referred to today as riding astride.)
When I was a young, horse-crazy kid, I used to help out an old lady (in her 90s) with her horse. Her name was Ethel Allaire, and she was one of the first women to compete astride in public. She was the first woman to jump a triple-bar in public.