Black Country Saddles Sponsor Kirstine Douglas
BESPOKE saddle makers, Black Country Saddles has welcomed show rider and producer Kirstine Douglas to their sponsored team.
Based in Dumfries, Scotland, Kirstine has been showing since she was three-years-old and worked for well-known showman Robert Oliver for five years before setting up her own yard and she has been highly successful ever since.
Besides her competition career, Kirstine has judged extensively and is on five judging panels. Her duties have taken her to Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as all the major UK shows, a role she very much enjoys.
Kirstine’s most prestigious win came in 2012 when she landed the Cob Championship at HOYS with the lightweight, Barneebus. She has also claimed a Reserve Champion spot with the Connemara, Sydserff Lord Of The Dance. Wins at RIHS and Royal Windsor add to the many other placings she has achieved every year at HOYS.
Kirstine currently has 20 horses on her yard, including leading names and a host of youngsters being carefully produced.
The yard caters for a range of horses and ponies from Cobs and Riding Horses to Hunters and Lead Rein Ponies. The Middleweight Hunter, Primitive Dancer who was placed second at HOYS last year on only her third outing with Kirstine has already qualified for RIHS this year as well as standing Reserve Champion at the Northern Spring Show. She joins four others who have also secured their RIHS tickets.
There are two particularly talented cobs on Kirstine’s yard at the moment. The Lightweight, Captain Morgan stood champion at Area 1B and the Novice, Johnny Walker went champion at North Eastern Counties, when shown in the Open category. Kirstine also thinks a lot of her Novice Hunter, Annaghmore Huntsman who recently took the Reserve Championship place at the Scottish Spring Show.
Kirstine’s team are ridden in Black Country Saddles, which she says have made a remarkable difference.
“I have noticed exceptional balance in the saddle and also much more freedom of movement. I really love Black Country Saddles,” she said.
Kirstine has also spread the word about the saddles to many of her clients, with one having her horse recently fitted to give fantastic results and a Championship Title the following week.
Added Kirstine: “It is great to have the support of Black Country Saddles which combine quality with great fit and exceptional performance.”