Although I was a child who fell in love with horses, it wasn’t until I was in my late 40s that I got my own horse. Dudley, a beautiful Canadian Horse, came into my life and with him came everything horses. Since then, I've immersed myself in lessons, clinics, and adventures in order to listen, observe, and learn everything I can about horses with openness and curiosity. And have fun.
This desire to learn led me to sign up for Mike Scott’s (The Saddle Guy) saddle fitting course where I attended classroom sessions, completed case studies, observed other saddle fitters in the field, volunteered at non-profit organizations, and completed independent coursework. I'm a graduate of the School of Saddle Fitting and Flocking. I have also attended continuing education classes with the British Society of Master Saddlers, with whom I am now a trainee, working to further my experience and certification.
I work on horses of all breeds, disciplines, and levels, from lesson horses and horses at therapeutic riding centers to competitive dressage, hunter/jumper, and eventing horses; I’ve fit endurance horses, pleasure horses, both Western and English. Working with each horse and rider, whether to check and tweak an existing saddle or to find a new saddle, has allowed me to gain experience with a wide range of saddle fitting situations. In addition to working directly with horses, I strip flock saddles, replace billets, and do other minor saddle repair work.
I do carry a few brands of saddles, and my approach is if the brands I have do not work for both horse and rider I will work with clients to find saddles that do. My priority is as a saddle fitter, not a dealer.
I'm excited to bring my skills to the equestrian community. My saddle fitting philosophy has evolved into one where I approach each horse, rider, and saddle as a puzzle to be solved, looking for obvious answers to the “problem” as well as looking outside of the box. I'll work with you to enhance your horse’s comfort and performance level, as well as yours.
In addition to Dudley, my own stable includes a lovely Canadian mare MaeMae, and three Miniature Horses Belle, Monkey, and Nickers. Plus, two dogs, Addie and Scout, keep us company on our adventures.