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Helen Reader

Executive Director

Helen is probably one of our most qualified members in the Society, she has been in saddlery industry for 25 years, and in that time has become a Society of Master Saddlers Master Saddler, Master Harness Maker, Master Bridle Maker, Master Saddle Fitter & Qualified Bridle Fitter.  Helen became  qualified in craft 23 years ago, in saddle fitting 20 years ago and in bridle fitting 4 years ago.  She is also a BHS AI and Pony Club A Test holder, she holds a Level 3 Award in Education & Training and Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocational Achievement.

Owning and riding horses for 40 years, Helen still regularly competes her two horses in Dressage, SJ and Eventing both locally and nationally.  Helen took on the role of Assessor for the Society 10 years ago and has been lecturing for 6 years.  She regularly delivers webinars, demos and write articles for the Society, the BHS, local Pony Clubs & Riding Clubs and her own business.  Helen also is Saddlery Advisor as part of the vet lead team for the British Breeding Equine Futurity Bridge.

Helen’s focus and interest within the industry is educating, inspiring and supporting the next generation of saddlers and saddlery fitters.  She has a passion for ensuring the comfort and safety of all horses from happy hackers to competition horses through correctly fitted saddlery and therefore improving their performance along with safeguarding the future of riding by continually looking for ways to improve horse welfare.  Working together with other para-professionals to achieve the best results for the horse and rider is also an area Helen is keen to develop further as a standard .


Committee & Other Roles

Trainer, Assessor officer