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DUTCHESS BRIDLE & SADDLE LLC

Kate WIlson, SMS QSF


  • Year long apprenticeship with a Society of Master Saddler's Master Saddler, May 1995-1996
  • Working yard saddler for 20 years - several trips to UK to work with Albion Saddlemakers and qualified members of The Society of Master Saddlers
  • Founder and co-owner of Dutchess Bridle & Saddle LLC, July 1999 to present
  • Attended The Society of Master Saddlers' Foundation of Saddle Fitting Course, UK, August 2002 and inaugural Foundations of Saddle Fitting USA course, May 2005
  • Earned Qualified Saddle Fitters (QSF) Certification through the course given by The Society of Master Saddlers, UK, August 2006
  • Attended QSF Refresher Course, UK, July 2008
  • Assistant Lecturer at the Foundations of Saddle Fitting Course, USA, May 2007, May 2009, November 2010, October 2012
  • Attended Leather Crafters' World Leather Show for Western saddle & tree classes, Sheridan, WY, May 2012
  • Presenter at Dressage 4Kids, 2011 to present
  • Featured in articles appearing in Dressage Today, Practical Horseman and Equus
  • Horse owner and dressage rider, 25 years


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SADDLE FITTING & SALES





OUR PHILOSoPHY

In order to accurately evaluate a saddle fit issue, a "hands-on", on-site approach is best. We travel to your farm or place of boarding in a 15' box truck equipped with work bench for flocking and a selection of demos and used saddles to try. I work with all brands of saddles and am happy to evaluate any saddle's fit - both English and Western! In addition to evaluating a saddle's fit, we represent Black Country, Veritas, Thorowgood, Kent & Masters, Fairfax, Stubben and Prestige lines of quality saddle brands and accessories. 


Being a working saddler has given me the ability to view the inner workings of almost every saddle available on the market today. This insight helps me in the evaluation of the saddle's fit and any adjustment solutions that can be made. I strive to keep informed about the latest trends and products that continually flood the equine consumer market to better serve my customers questions and concerns with their horses' equipment. 


In addition to being a saddler and saddle fitter, I also own my own horses and they continue to challenge and inspire me in every aspect of their care, conditioning and comfort. They are my best teachers in recognizing the critical need for well fitting equipment especially the fit of their saddles. I have had a difficult to fit Polish Arab mare, an Arab/Clydesdale/Welsh cross and a flat backed Hanoverian /TB. I am now a proud owner of a handsome black and white Georgian Grande (Friesian/Saddlebred) gelding! 


As a rider, I also recognize the need for a saddle to be well suited for any body type. I strive to educate riders on the fundamental points of saddle fit as outlined by The Society of Master Saddlers in recognizing their vital interconnectivity between horse and rider. I believe this education takes riders beyond just fixing the saddle fit problem and into the realm of deeper understanding, communication and effectiveness for both horse and rider. I love my work and love sharing it with other people. There is almost nothing more satisfying than a happy horse and rider! 


Your equipment should help in every aspect of your journey together, not hinder.