Horses have been a big part of my life since I was 13 and at secondary modern school in the 1960's. They remain a major influence to this day.
My first involvement with horses began at Arkley Stables in Hertfordshire while I was still at school. Catching the field ponies, brushing them off and tacking them up ready for the rides or lessons in all weathers. The work ethic instilled in me by Major Staite the owner and Bill Cornford the manager has served me well ever since.
I left school and went to work at Frith Manor Stables in North London for a few happy years before joining The Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery.
It was in the Troop that I gained my first experience in the saddlers workshop.
On leaving I worked with some of the top international showjumpers of the day for a few years before attending Cordwainers College to complete a City & Guilds Saddlery course then started my own business as a saddler soon after.
In 1990 I qualified as a Registered General Nurse and did specialist training at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, a world class centre for treating orthopaedic conditions.
The skills and knowledge I developed at the RNOH enable me to have an deeper understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the horse which is of particular value when it comes to fitting saddles and working with vets, equine physiotherapists, chiropractors and others when a back problem is diagnosed.