My first horse had a yarn mane and button eyes. I made him myself. My second horse was a Morgan colt sired by Applevale Storm King as I’m a life-long ‘goner’ when it comes to the Equine race.
Morgans and a fine art degree conspired to make me a saddle fitter. A Morgan mare I adored went through three dressage saddles before I got it right. My training clients and riding students pushed me forward in a search for saddles that worked for all breeds and disciplines.
My mentors in the industry included Major Jeremy Beale of Laser Saddles who rode Dressage for Great Britain in the Olympics. He taught me to flock and Ralph Schmitt of Thornhill got me a slot at the Society of Master Saddlers when an opening for testing and certification did not exist.
Time, experience with thousands of horses and an abiding love of riding has made me “An Artist with a Flocking Iron.”