2014 until now!
I stopped riding in 2014 to concentrate further on my saddle business I continued to work together with Cardanel Saddles, Ideal Saddles and Steedsman Saddles. I had been designing other products which I launched later too.
Working together with Tackaholics enabled us to expand our joint collection of second hand saddles for our customers. I built up further relationships with saddle manufacturers adding Jeffries, GFS, Silhouette and Fylde to the ranges of new saddles available.
I continued my saddle fitting training with Kay Humphries in Remedial Saddle Fitting for a year. After this with Dr Gerry Van Oossanen for Master Saddle Fitting Consultant training including bridle fitting in France. In 2016 I trained with Master Saddler and SMS Fellow, Laurence Pearman in saddle reflocking, top up and adjustments as a refresher.
In 2017 I continued my equine bodywork training with the Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification Course. In March 2017 I trained again with Laurence in saddle repair and flocking for exam preparation and on 24th March 2017 passed the Society of Master Saddlers assessment in Saddle Flocking and Flocking adjustment examined by SMS Fellow, Mark Romain of the Saddlery Training Centre.
In the blink of an eye
It doesn’t seem that long ago really; but starting riding at the local riding school was a dream come true at 4yrs old, dare I say in 1976, eek, it’s scary when you say it out loud!!
It all came to a stop though when Mum said “the jumps were getting to high!” and stopped me going; well… not for long, as who could stand a now 6yr old sounding like a broken record and yes it did the trick, I was back in the saddle at 7yrs; even if I wasn’t riding ponies I would leap at the chance of anything else.
At the grand old age of 11yrs I had a 13.1hh welsh x thoroughbred pony, Kirby Kane Helmsman, or Pel to his friends. Little did I know that he was going to be a very important teacher and very close friend. I had him on loan to begin with and boy I had no idea of the roller coaster of emotions I was going to go through.
Everyone tried to put Mum and Dad off buying Pel for me, even saying “he’ll kill her” but thankfully they did anyway. Let’s just say that Pel wasn’t the easiest of ponies, definitely not a first pony! He napped, reared, wouldn’t load, pawed the ground, kicked out when excited, leapt through the air at times, what a journey I was going to endure. But, we carried on regardless. I went through frustration, anger, upset, happiness, excitement you name it Pel taught me them all!
Holding up traffic whilst Pel was on his hind legs napping became less and less. To Mum’s horror I taught Pel to rear on command in his lungeing sessions, her words were “He’s not a circus pony!” Loading problems became a thing of the past and we even helped other horses load.
We went out showjumping regularly, to pony club and hunter trials, having so much fun together, truly great times. There is more to tell but that’s another story!
Ten years in a flash
I live with my Husband, Ash and Daughter, Emily with well, lets just say a few animals too. I have a real hunger for learning and enjoy the journey that horses give you. I have an extensive classical and competition background and I love nothing better than to pass on my knowledge to other riders and horses.
Between 2004 and 2010, I ran my own riding school and livery yard at Meadowbrook Stables. I now travel out Teaching and Saddle Fitting as well as clients coming to me.
Over the years I have become Accredited by Heather Moffett as a Level 3 Enlightened Equitation Teacher. I am Certified as a Saddle Fitter, Bridle and Leatherworker. Furthering my training as a Remedial and Master Saddle Fitting Consultant alongside Straightness Training Mastery and Equine Therapy. I have also released my own brand; Sam Jamieson Saddles.
I studied with Debbie Marsden BSc PhD at Warwickshire College and qualified as a Professional Equine Behaviour Consultant.. “It has been hard work, yet very rewarding learning so much and very exciting as it compliments all I do.”
I was Team Manager/Trainer and joint Chairperson which also included judging dressage, showjumping and arena eventing for Wisbech and District Riding Club.
I find it very rewarding in helping horses and their owners plus train and ride myself to Advanced level and am competing in British Dressage at Advanced Medium and a British Dressage Trainee Judge.
I trained with classical trainer Marcia Wakeman (GB working Equitation Team Member) for 3 years with 5 different horses up to Advanced plus Working Equitation training. Marcia also furthered my training in long lining and inhand work.
These skills helped me training horses ten fold and also combining this with clicker training gave me a further dimension in training horses.
I took a short break away in Portugal to train with Bruno Rodrigues da Silva (Portuguese Working Equitation Champion) to ride their Lusitano Schoolmasters this gave me further things to think about and develop.
Sadly I was not able to travel with my horses to Marcia once my daughter Emily started school and so travelled fortnightly to Turville Valley Stud to ride their Lusitano Schoolmasters. I then attended various clinics including with Bruno Rodrigues Da Silva, Rodrigo Da Costa Matos and Heather Moffett on my own horses.
In addition to my existing equestrian skills I began saddle fitting in 2005 . Training with Heather Moffett and former saddle fitter for Kay Humphries, Jill Shephard gave me further skills including knowledge of treeless saddles.
I later trained with Dave Johnson, Owner of The Saddle Company in saddle fitting and flocking including serge panels and became an approved Fitter and invested time into furthering my knowledge through additional saddlery studies.
I attended the Society of Master Saddlers Saddle Fitting intro course, sold various brands of saddles and began designing my own brand of saddles. I then went to the Cumbria School of Saddlery and trained with Master Saddler David May in Saddle Fitting, Saddle Flocking, Saddlery Repairs and Bridlework 1 and 2. I also attended training in Saddle Fitting with Master Saddler Laura Dempsey.
I trained with Luis Principe (International Grand Prix Dressage Rider) for 2 years, then in 2010 I made an enormous business decision and decided to close my riding school.
This enabled me to travel out teaching and saddle fitting to my clients and their own horses, or them coming to me and being available for clinics or intensive training days.
At the end of 2011 Luis was struggling to run clinics due to his busy competition schedule and I continued my training with Alison Woulds, Jill Day and later Dan Greenwood.
2013 was the launch of my own brand of saddle ‘The Sam Jamieson Deluxe Dressage Saddle’, working together with Cardanel Saddles. This has been a fantastic journey and enabled me to meet lots more fantastic horses and people up and down the UK.
A huge contribution to my saddle fitting business was becoming friends with Hayley and Claire at Tackaholics which is a second hand store for equestrians. We combined our second hand saddles stock together to be able to sell from the store or I load my van with saddles to take to saddle fitting appointments.