Positive response to BETA saddle fitting course in New Zealand

Would-be saddle fitters in New Zealand have given an overwhelmingly positive response to the Introduction to the Principles of Saddle Fitting Course that the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) is running there for the first time, with most places already taken up.

Devised and developed by BETA and the Society of Master Saddlers, the two-day course will be held at Ambury Park (Manukau), Auckland, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November. Although not a qualification itself, it provides the perfect opportunity for those wishing to take the first steps in becoming a saddle fitter.

“The course has only ever been available in the UK and US, and delegates from the southern hemisphere have previously had to travel over to us,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams. “This time, I am very excited to be in a position where we are able to take the course over to them.”

Providing a broad view of saddle fitting and the principles it is based on, the course is designed for people who wish to become a Society of Master Saddlers-qualified saddle fitter. It is also suitable for physiotherapists, coaches and other equine professionals who want to understand more about this important service.

The course will feature presentations by Nikki Newcombe, David Jones-Parry and Ian and Dee Silman – who are all SMS-trained saddle fitters. There will also be a lecture from New Zealand vet and chiropractor Deb Prattley.

Anyone interested in booking one of the remaining places on the course or finding out further information should contact Claire Williams, email claire@beta-uk.org or telephone +44 (0)1937) 587062.