IN THE PURSUIT OF TRUE COMFORT, PERFORMANCE AND FIT
MEET THE TEAM
I am the managing director and have been running The English Saddle Co (now NSC – The English Saddle Co) for the past 7 years from Feilding, Manawatu. ESC was formed after struggling to find the right new saddle for my ‘hard to fit’ Irish Sports Horse ‘Poppy’ who I brought over from the UK with me nearly 14 years ago, then in 2017 the unmissable opportunity to take on NSC arose.
I have ridden all my life (although now spend more time on the end of a lead rein with my two young daughters!) and hold a BSC in Equine Studies.
I am a Society of Master Saddlers Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter having trained with Josephine Dancy (founder of NSC) and travelled to England for training and examinations in saddle fitting and reflocking.
In my spare time I teach at our local Matakana pony club, and hold ECTP “D” cert. I also have a BAppSc (Equine Studies), a Diploma in Equine Acupuncture and a Certificate in Aromascience- with a strong interest in animals and the therapeutic use of essential oils. All of which gives a more holistic view, particularly helpful with difficult fits.
Along with fellow NSC – The English Saddle Co mobile saddle fitter Sylvie Webby I provide a mobile saddle fitting and rebalancing service throughout the North Island.
I am working towards my Society of Master Saddlers Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter qualification having trained with Josephine Dancy (founder of NSC) and travelled to England for training in saddle fitting and examinations in reflocking.
I have a particular interest in leatherwork and enjoy making bridles and bits and pieces in my spare time, as well as competing my two horses.
Along with fellow NSC – The English Saddle Co mobile saddle fitter Christine Peart I provide a mobile saddle fitting and rebalancing service throughout the North Island.
When you call or email the NSC – The English Saddle Co main office it will be me or Catherine you speak to, doing our best to field the huge number of emails and phone calls that come in on a daily basis (so if we don’t answer straight away then please know we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!)
I am the Admin Manager and also handle incoming enquiries to make sure your enquiry ends up with the right person if it isn’t something we can deal with straight away on the phone.
A skilled craftsman and rider with more than 35 years in the industry, Tim is best known for his wide-ranging knowledge and international experience in saddlery, restoration, fitting and repairs. This includes extensive horse and saddle work for the film industry includingThe Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Tim also has a keen interest in leather restoration including work for museums and collectors of old military and WWI saddles and horse gear.
Tim is based in Wellington and services the Lower North Island.
S.M.S Qualified Saddle Fitter and Household Cavalry Qualified Saddler
Sean is a qualified Saddle Fitter with The Society of Master Saddlers and has over 20 years experience as a saddler. He is available for saddle fitting appointments
Sean also makes saddle fitting trips throughout the South Island – endeavouring to head up to Nelson/ Marlborough and down to Southland/Central Otago at least twice a year – and to other areas on demand.
I’m a qualified McTimoney animal chiropractor and rehab practitioner. As a practitioner the saddle/horse/rider interaction has always been important in my work leading me to research different ideas on saddle fitting and styles. During my undergraduate study I wrote my dissertation looking at the relationship between saddle/horse pressures and the gate kinematics. I was also involved with studies done at the Animal Health Trust in the UK with Mark Fisher using pressure mapping. I have been working with The English Saddle Co for just over a year now and with the formation of NSC – The English Saddle Co I will now be working towards becoming an SMS Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter.
I cover the Lower North Island regularly plus further afield by arrangement, particularly for groups.
I have been a Saddle Adviser for The English Saddle Co for the past 2 years or so and am now excited to now be able to work with NSC’s great range of saddles as well. I will also be beginning my Society of Master Saddlers Saddle Fitter training and learning how to flock and rebalance saddles to bring you an even more comprehensive ‘on-site’ service.
I am based near Morrinsville and cover the surrounding areas including Matamata, Hamilton, Cambridge, and Te Aroha. I look forward to working with you to find your best saddle solution!
I train horses and riders from my yard in Te Horo, Kapiti Coast and started my own training as a saddle fitter with The English Saddle Company nearly 3 years ago. My own teaching is based on developing good rider biomechanics: I had long been aware of the often instant, and certainly ongoing, difference a well-fitting saddle makes to a horse and rider combination and so the ability to be able to offer help in this area through saddle fitting seemed an obvious opportunity to grasp. I am looking forward to being able to fit an even wider range of horses with the addition of the NSC range.
I mainly see clients at my own premises but will travel to the surrounding areas by arrangement, particularly for groups. I look forward to working with you and your horse and helping you to reach your full potential together.