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Society of Saddlers
About Us

About Us

Nutwell Saddlery are one of the largest Society of Master Saddlers approved saddle
retailers and fitters in the South West. Established in 2005, we provide new saddles as well as a saddle fitting
service to your existing saddles across all of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Our saddle fitting team boasts of three Society of Master Saddlers’ Qualified Saddle Fitters, one Society of Master Saddlers’ Qualified Saddler and our onsite Master Saddler. This ensures that we have the knowledge and experience to ensure the best fit for you and your horse, providing the most comprehensive,
knowledgeable and reliable saddle fitting service in the Southwest.

Why choose a SMS Qualified Saddle Fitter?

We are often asked, why should you use a Society of Master Saddlers’ Qualified Saddle Fitter? By using a Society of Master Saddlers' Qualified Saddle Fitter you are assured the knowledgeable and a professional service of the highest standard. The Society instituted and continues to operate and monitor the only professional saddle fitting qualification available worldwide. Your Society of Master Saddlers' Qualified Saddle Fitter will provide a professional service based on knowledge and integrity. Purchasing a saddle involves considerable expenditure and some important decisions, and as Society of Master Saddlers’ Qualified Saddle Fitters we are there to provide you with expertise, advice, help and information.

Our Facilities

Based on the Nutwell Estate in Lympstone, near Exeter, our superb saddle fitting facilities include a purpose built saddle studio which leads directly to our consultation area. Our studio is an area to relax and enjoy a tea or coffee before your fitting commences.

Our two stables allow your horse to settle before the fitting begins. Our fitting area has direct access to our beautiful indoor arena with a superb Martin Collins surface, enabling the fit of the saddle to be thoroughly tested and evaluated throughout your appointment.

Our Team

Laura Kitchiner

Society of Master Saddlers’ Qualified Saddle Fitter and Master Saddler

Laura joined us in May 2019 after moving down from Hertfordshire. Laura initially retrained as a Society of Master Saddlers’ Saddler, firstly at Capel Manor College, and then onto the Saddlery Training Centre where she completed her Modern Apprenticeship in Saddlery, passing all level 3 Society of Master Saddlers' exams in saddle making, bridle work and harness making. Laura then went on to successfully gain her Society of Master Saddlers' Qualified Saddle Fitter's qualification in 2010, and after 10 years of service became recognised as a Master Saddler.

Kerry McBain

Society of Master Saddlers' Qualified Saddle Fitter

After qualifying as a veterinary nurse from the Royal Veterinary College in London, Kerry spent many years working with leading equine veterinary practices across the UK. In 2005, she decided to broaden her knowledge and joined Nutwell Saddlery as a trainee saddle fitter. She completed her training alongside Janet and Kate and qualified in 2008.

Kayleigh Walters

Business Development Manager

Kayleigh joined us in June 2010 and worked as the office support running the diaries for the team. After 5 years’ experience her role developed into a managerial position and she is currently responsible for the development of the business.

Gracie Frankum

Office Receptionist

Gracie joined us in July 2017 and quickly settled into the role providing office support to the rest of the team. Gracie is the main person you will speak to when booking in your appointments or dealing with any queries you may have.