Owner and Master Saddler
Colne Saddlery was started by Maurice and his father over 45 years ago. Maurice has a wealth of horse experience and knowledge, as he has been involved in the industry for a very long time. His personal horse riding achievements were achieved in his youth as he show jumped to Grade A, and enjoyed hunting and blood hounding. Maurice is a master saddler and a QSF. He has been on the executive committee for many years and was the president in 2002/2003. Maurice has been involved in the formation of the saddle fitting course and is a regular assessor. Maurice is also a liveryman on the worshipful company of saddlers. Where ever possible he will support English made saddlery as he is a great believer in looking after the future of our trade in this country.
Gemma has grown up with Colne Saddlery, (literally) as she is Maurice's daughter. Gemma is involved in all aspects of the company and over sees the purchasing of new and existing products. She has a BSc in Anatomical Science, graduated from Bristol University, and then a post graduate diploma in animal manipulation from the Mctimoney college of Chiropractic’s. She also worked for 5 years as a racing secretary for National Hunt trainer Nigel Twiston Davies, and now runs the office admin for the company. Gemma has grown up with horses, and has evented up to intermediate level, and ridden point to pointing.
Sarah is the manager of Colne Saddlery, and not only does she oversee the running of the shop but also takes part in the organising and running of the trade stand. Sarah is a fully qualified riding instructor, who has previously owned a riding school for over 20 years, where she taught children and adults of all levels. Sarah is also hugely involved in the world of showing and has competed at county level for 25 years, with numerous wins including Horse of the Year Show, and The Royal International. Sarah specialises in show cobs and coloureds and has produced and sold countless horses from happy hackers to high level competition horses.
Saddler and Saddle Fitter
Charlotte joined the Colne Saddlery team in 2013 and has spent several years working within the equestrian retail industry. Charlotte is a qualified saddler and saddle fitter, and joins Maurice as part of Colne's saddle fitting team. Charlotte not only works as a saddler for Colne but also assists in the running of the trade stand throughout the season. Charlotte has ridden horses all her life and owns her own horse Felix with whom she competes in all disciplines.
Heidi is a full time key member of the Colne team, working as the main shop assistant, overseeing the day to day management of the shop. Heidi has always owned and competed her own horses and has hunted for over 30 years. Heidi was previously the hunt groom for the Cotswold for 5 consecutive seasons. She also has a Diploma in Stud management and has worked at the National Stud based in Newmarket, and has extensive knowledge in the equestrian field.
Appointments Co-Ordinator and Shop Assistant
Katie’s main role at Colne Saddlery is to organise the saddle fitting diaries for both Maurice and Charlotte. Katie also works as a shop assistant, and helps out throughout the show season on Colne Saddlery's trade stand. Katie completed her degree in Equine Sports Science at Hartpury College in 2009. She also has her BHS stages 1, 2 and PTT. Katie is also a fully, insured and qualified Equine Physiotherapist registered with the IAAT, and qualified from the College of Animal Physiotherapist in 2011. Katie has previously owned her own horses and thoroughly enjoys competing in all disciplines.
Lois joined Colne in 2014, she is based in our onsite workshop and has so far specialised in bridlework with a number of successes at The Society of Master Saddlers' competitions. After gaining her qualified saddler status in 2015, Lois is now working towards her saddle fitting exams with the help of Maurice and Charlotte. Lois has a BSc (Hons) degree in Equine Sports Science from Hartpury and has worked at a variety of equine establishments, from riding schools and breaking yards to grooming for an international show jumper in France. Lois competed her own horses in dressage and eventing and although without a horse at the moment she enjoys being in the saddle whenever she can.
Website Manager and Shop Assistant
Niamh’s main role as part of the Colne Saddlery team is to oversee the running and maintenance of the website. Niamh also works within the shop assisting with the everyday management, as well as being part of the trade stand team. Niamh has been involved in the Equine Industry for many years. Previously owning and competing her own horses. Alongside her role at Colne Niamh also helps to run her family business Sticks and Stone. Prior to working at Colne Niamh has achieved a BA Hons Degree in Equine Business Management.
Celia joined Colne Saddlery as a part time book keeper in 2014, with sole charge of the accounting system. Alongside Colne Saddlery Celia also manages the accounts at Manor Cottages, the largest holiday rental company in the Cotswolds. Celia has great experience within the equestrian world having ran a competition and livery yard buying and selling horses. Celia has also competed at CCI*** level and holds her B.H.S.A.I, Pony club ‘A’ test. Celia was also the British Eventing U18 regional Co-Ordinator since2000-2015 (Central Region). Celia owns her own horse and tries to fit in riding every day and enjoys a few days hunting throughout the season.