Having ridden as a child, I returned to riding in my twenties. Working at a rescue centre, stud and riding school I studied for my BHS exams, then became a dressage groom at top level for several years in Sussex.
Moving to Surrey I lectured at an agricultural college, and taught and rode in my free time, competing in various disciplines and indulging my passion for highland ponies, who I often reschooled.
I met Lavinia Mitchell several years ago when I had a saddle problem, and she offered me the chance to retrain as a saddle fitter, an opportunity which I am ever grateful for as I now have a profession I love. Following my training I became JR Saddles, but following my recent marriage I will now be known as Montague Saddles, after my pony Monty!
I have a passion for saddle fitting, biomechanics and training, after many injuries I know the limitations of the human body rather well, and as a rider with my own horses I also understand the limitations of budget!
I am a long term classical riding club member, a British dressage member, a riding club member amongst other interests, and regularly attend courses and lectures to increase my equestrian knowledge. I have always had a keen interest in mentoring teenagers, and have trained several who have gone on to compete at good levels of dressage and eventing, who I am proud of!