Proprietor Sue Tobin has combined a life-long interest in horses with degrees in History of Art and Educational Psychology to become a leading authority on the history and function of sidesaddles. She pioneered the skill of Sidesaddle Technician, which includes the selection, fitting and adaptation of sidesaddles for a successful horse and rider team. An active sidesaddle rider for over 25 years, she is in a unique position to understand the relationship of saddle fit to achievement level and has lent her expertise to groups and individuals across the U.S. and Canada.
Her articles have been featured in major sidesaddle publications here and in England, and she is much in demand as a speaker at major events such as Equine Affaire Ohio and New England, for which she has been a 7-time presenter. Sue has served as a technical advisor to Old Sturbridge Village, as a consultant to the Smithsonian, and provided curatorial assistance to OSV and the International Museum of the Horse at Kentucky Horse Park. Her donations enrich the sidesaddle collections of those museums as well as the Winmill Collection at Morven Park.
Sue is a founding member of NEA Sidesaddle Association, editor of its Newsletter and writes the educational text for its acclaimed website. She is certified as a Judge/Instructor since 1983, is a representative to the Side-Saddle Association of England, and is active in the consortium of non-profit sidesaddle groups. Her home and shop in historic Thompson, CT, houses an extensive collection of sidesaddles, habits, books and memorabilia as well as the quality sales saddles for which Sidesaddle Heaven is well known.
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