Our SMS Qualified Saddle Fitters

David Dyer – Managing Director and SMS Qualified Saddle Fitter

David has been working in the equine industry for 40 years, owning and running retail shops and working 6 days a week as a saddle fitter. David has seen every shape and type of horse and rider combination, using this experience he buys in the best stock for our saddle fitting business and online shop.


Most people in the area know David, but if you don’t, here is a little bit more about him.  David is a qualified Society of Master Saddles (SMS) Saddle Fitter and now works to teach the next generation of saddle fitters and is a regular examiner for the SMS saddle fitting exam.   David has held some of the most prestigious positions within the industry, including President of the Society of Master Saddles and enjoys helping to judge the National Saddlery Competition whenever he can.

David has a wealth of experience, but it is his openness to innovation and engagement with new technology that keeps his business booming.  The saddlery industry is changing and we are changing with it; changeable gullet plates, shoulder-free panels, pressure-tested girths and bridles are a few examples of the advancement in equine industry and all can be found at David Dyer Saddles.

Katie Farrell – SMS Qualified Saddler and SMS Qualified Saddle Fitter

Katie is the newest member of the David Dyer Saddles team and brings with her a wealth of experience.  Katie has trained at Capel Manor College, Walsall College of Art and Technology, and the Saddlery Training Centre in Salsbury.  Over the years achieving levels I, II, III in Saddle, Bridle, and Harness making and a certificate in Lorninery to become a fully qualified saddler.  

Katie has worked for leading brands such as the Walsall Riding Saddle Company and Albion Saddlemakers.  Katie passed the SMS qualified saddle fitting course through Albion saddle makers in 2007 and started her own saddlery business a few years later working in Shropshire and Wales.

Katie moved down to Sussex in 2019 to start a new life with her family. Although she doesn't have her lovely horse Jenson anymore, they had 10 lovely years together where he carried her far and wide. She has her little terrier called Sprocket and enjoys walking him along the beach.

Rachel Lok – SMS Qualified Saddler and SMS Qualified Saddle Fitter

Rachel runs Lok Saddlery & Leatherwork Ltd and is working in partnership with David Dyer Saddles. Rachel is both a qualified Saddler, Saddle Fitter, and more recently a qualified Harness Maker working with a wide range of bespoke pieces.  

Rachel studied at Capel Manor College for two years before training in saddle fitting at a saddlery in Devon and started working with David Dyer Saddles in May 2019.  She has completed her training at the Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury and competes in the National Saddlery Competition every year!  Her work is of the highest standard and you can book a saddle fitting appointment with Rachel here.

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