I have finally found a few moments to jot a few things down for a blog update.  Much has been happening at White Rose Saddlery HQ in the last 9 months; new staff, a building conversion, a new puppy, horse ownership and plenty more, so time to update with a new blog post!

Anyone who has seen me in the last couple of months will be aware I have a new 4 legged pal, Rosie.  Losing Georgie left quite a void and although I wasn’t thinking about a new puppy quite so soon, things have a habit of happening when you least expect them and along came a new black and tan Jack Russell.  I asked my Facebook followers to come up with some name suggestions (which ranged from the more unusual “Brexit” to the unlikely “Sausage”), but there was definitely one name which stood out above all the others, the very appropriate, Rosie.  She is enormous fun, and has travelled with me all over since she arrived in August. From Beverley Racecourse and the workshop, to various horse trials and everywhere in between.  She has loved every minute of the attention!

We have recently converted a building to house the saddlery workshop and embroidery machines.  The additional unit will give us a more user friendly workspace, enabling us to make more bespoke and branded saddlery for the shop as well as freeing up space in the general office.  It’s taken quite a few months to complete but a huge thank you to my partner, David, who has worked so hard in his spare time to make a really great workshop.  It definitely wouldn’t have happened without his efforts!

We have had some new faces join the team at WRS.  On the saddlery manufacturing side is Becky, who comes on board as a new apprentice saddler after attending Capel Manor College in London.  Earlier in the year Fiona started working with us on a part time basis in the saddlery workshop.  I have known Fiona for many years and she used to work for us 15 years ago before she left to look after her family.  Les has now been with us for 4 years and having completed his apprenticeship earlier this year is now a qualified saddler. He has been a huge support this year assisting with everything from the website, general admin, technology and of course, saddlery manufacturing.  I am still working on the saddlery side but spend much of my time doing the embroidery work, which continues to grow.  That’s our team complete and demonstrates just how much the business has grown in the last 18 months

My late husband’s memorial race took place at Beverley in August and was won by Jo Mason who is a half cousin of Chris, so it was an extra special win for us.  We wrapped up the Beverley satellite shop last weekend, finishing with the Pony Club Race Day on 2nd October.  We sponsored the final race of the day, won by Brad Kent who travelled from Essex with his pony All of My Dreams.

I have become a British Eventing “horse owner” this summer.  My horse Ollie (aka Grandioos) is now being ridden by my good friend Emma Corner.  I’ve had some enjoyable days out watching him compete and I am delighted to report he has been placed almost every time he’s been out and even managed a win in the BE90 at Kelsall Hill in Cheshire.

The Point to Point season begins shortly and will see us out and about at the various Yorkshire and northern P2P events. I’ll be dusting off my woolly hat and gloves in anticipation!  I hope to have agreed some jockey sponsorship which I will write about next time.