Mountain & Moorland specialist Tori Oakes is celebrating after gaining sponsorship from Black Country Saddles, well-known for their bespoke range of premium saddles.
Based in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, 23-year-old Tori has been making her mark on the showing world with her yard of M&M ponies with 2014 proving highly successful.
Among a number of major titles, Tori won her M&M WHP class at the RIHS and went on to be Champion with her brilliant campaigner, Cairns Fergus. In doing so, she was the first person to take the title with a Highland Pony. The partnership went on to be placed third at HOYS and Tori also qualified two Welsh Section A’s for Olympia.
Wendy Hartley of Black Country Saddles said: “Tori is a talented and dedicated rider who is sure to enjoy continued success in the showing world. We are delighted she has joined the Black Country Saddles team of sponsored riders and producers.”
Tori is thrilled to have received sponsorship from Black Country Saddles and all of her ponies are ridden in a saddle from the range.
“I love them and won’t ride in anything else. When Cairns Fergus won at the Royal International he was wearing his Black Country saddle and bridle,” said a proud Tori.
There are currently seven ponies on Tori’s yard, all competing. They are headed by the successful Highland, Cairns Fergus. He is flanked by two promising ponies who are both in their first year of open classes, the Welsh Section B, Roseberry Model Man and the Connemara, PSF Molly who are exciting prospects for the season and ones to watch.
Tori is already enjoying a successful season, having qualified five ponies for RIHS and her aim is to qualify seven for HOYS.
Black Country Saddles offer a selection of performance-inspired saddles including the Classic Show Saddle, so popular with many showing riders. They are beautifully designed with expert craftsmanship to ensure great fit, design and comfort.