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Sue Norton

Executive Director

Sue and her husband Mike bought a run down saddlery business in the centre of the City of Oxford in 1973. Over many years they built up a good business and learnt to adjust to trends taking advantage of quality leather goods sales while emphasising the connection of the equine industry including the clothing required.  In the early 90’s there was interest that horse owners required a skilled person to fit their horses with a saddle and maintain it on an ongoing basis and because of this Sue completed and passed the newly formed saddle fitting qualification in 1995 alongside becoming a member of the team of Lecturers and Assessors.

A keen rider from the age of 4 and a BHSAI, Sue became a local BHS committee member and was the first together with the local policeman to initiate the BHS Riding and Road Safety training and test.  With two daughters and the inevitable ponies she was on the Pony Club local branch committee which continued for 18 years, 4 of which Sue was the District Commissioner.

When Sue’s husband Mike was unable to continue on the Society’s Committee, Sue put herself forward and the SMS has and is a big part of her life for a number of years, including being president in 2017/8.  Saddle fitting has been her passion and 50 years on Sue feels very fortunate to not only be working for her own business full time but still very much dedicated to the Society, she has seen many changes and difficult times but the dedication of all the committee,  has not only kept it viable but with a purpose and a vision to continue and be the gold standard in the craft skills and fitting of saddles and bridles for horse welfare. Her hope for the future of the industry is that the Society continues to be viable and grows to become an even bigger contributor to the future of the ridden horse and it’s welfare.

Committee & Other Roles

Trainer, Assessor officer