NSW-REGION 2 and 3 Southern Sydney, Blue Mountains & Southern Highlands Region
Vi passed all of the French riding federal diplomas up until the teaching certification. She dabbled in jumping, cross country, a bit of horse ball and polo, but dressage has always been her true love.
Vi met Paula when she was looking for a new dressage saddle for her friesian stallion, and that meeting inspired her to make a total career change to help improve horses's welfare and horse and rider harmony by finding the best saddle fit solution for both horse and rider, something she is really passionate about. She is training and is being mentored for the Society of Master Saddlers Saddle Fitting accreditation by Paula Jeffery, who is herself a Registered Qualified Saddlefitter with the UK Society of Master Saddlers in Australia. Vi covers the Southern Sydney region.
Paula Jeffery, is a Registered Qualified Saddlefitter with the UK Society of Master Saddlers in Australia.
Along with 2 other Saddlefitting Qualifications, Paula is a highly experienced rider and trainer; an EFA General Level 1 Coach, AHRC Level 1 Coach and Assessor, riding for 30 yrs and coaching for 23 yrs, with 7 years of those training and competing overseas in UK and Europe as a dressage rider at FEI level.
Jessica Wardell, or Jess as she is known mostly, has been in love with horses since she was a toddler, her cousins owned and raced Standard breds and they also had riding horses on the family farm so she was always pestering them for rides.
Jess attended pony club from a young age and has competed in dressage, showjumping and showing. She currently owns three horses which are her pride and joy.
Jess is currently studying for her UK qualification as a Master Saddle fitter, as well as a qualification in Equine Massage Therapy and Photonics Therapy.
Lucy Robins joined Performance Saddlefits in 2019, to service the Northern Victoria area.
Lucy owned horses growing up in the UK, where it is usual practice to employ a qualified saddle fitter whenever you purchase a horse. Lucy owned a young Connemara gelding, and she vividly remembers his saddle fit assessment and the continuous monitoring of how well his saddle suited him as his shape changed. Regular monitoring led to topping up of flocking and re-flocking as necessary.
Zoe Manning is a Society of Master Saddlers UK qualified Fitter.
As a Human and Equine Acupuncturist, Zoe was constantly being confronted with the long-reaching effects of ill-fitting saddles for both horse and rider. The correlation between back pain, compensatory posture and saddle fit issues soon became obvious. This spurred her to learn as much as she could about how the saddle affects the biomechanical health of the equine/human relationship.
VIC-REGION 3 Western Victoria Beck completed her accreditation with the Accredited Saddle Fitters of Australia and is currently working towards her Registered Saddlefitter qualification with the UK Society of Master Saddlers.
Mette is a qualified Equinology Equine Body Worker and has trained in saddle fitting and repairs in the UK under the Society of Master Saddlers and in Italy with the team at Erreplus. She has trained and is in ongoing mentorship for the Society of Master Saddlers Saddle Fitting accreditation with Lyn Prescott and Paula Jeffery who have held qualifications with the UK Masters Saddlers Society for many years.
Mette is dedicated to finding the best saddle fit solutions for you and your horse, bringing you the best of English and European custom made saddles and thereby increasing horse performance, comfort and welfare. She covers most of South Australia, including some regional areas.
Whilst training as an Equine Body Worker with Equinoloy founder, Debranne Patillio, Tammy started to see the effects of poorly fitted saddles. This sparked a desire in her to forge a career in saddle fitting, aiming for the perfect fit for both horse and rider, which is based around her philosophy of care for all animals, all of the time and the desire to see perfect harmony between horse and rider in all equine pursuits.
She then went on to further her training and skills and completed Saddle Fit and Shoeing Dynamics with Dr Kerry Ridgeway, a world-renowned teacher and expert on saddle fitting. In her never-ending quest for knowledge and thirst for self-improvement, Tammy has also studied hoof trimming as well as Biomechanics and Equine Dissection with Sharon May Davis. Tammy has also completed the Equine Nutrition component of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, UK. Tammy achieved her qualification as an Equine Body Worker with Equinology.
Andrea Quarrell, working towards her qualification as a qualified fitter through Society of Master Saddlers in the UK.
Inspired to become and Saddle fitter and is Passionate about helping others. Having a horse that was hard to find the right saddle for has created a journey for Andrea to making a happy rider and happy horse and getting horse owners out there riding and enjoying our horses.