Follow Katie's journey as she trains to become a Childeric saddle technician at the Childeric base in France. Once Katie has completed all of the necessary training, to the highest of standards, she'll be able to undertake panel alterations right here in the UK.
Katie talks us through her first week's training in France, before she heads back out there later in May.
Monday 25th April
Firstly, I was shown around the factory, and introduced to most of the people that worked there. Nate, who has been there for several years, has the task of teaching me! His extensive knowledge, skill, passion and precision are indicative of the Childeric brand. Plus, fortunately for me, his English is pretty good too!
Once again we were delighted to sponsor the Stepping Stones to Success League, at Wexford Equestrian. The league offers the perfect platform for owners, trainers, breeders and riders of 4 & 5-year-olds to produce, present and train their future eventers in the correct way. Any horse with the potential to become a world class event horse is welcome to join the league, using it as a 'stepping stone to success'.
"It’s a brilliant event for us at Childeric Saddles - Ireland, to meet up with some of our current riders and make sure they are all set up for the season ahead. We also get to see their young horses who we may not have seen before to ensure the saddles are fitting" confirmed Elliott Reeves.
As many customers will have noticed, Team Childeric is expanding!
Elliott is now permanently based in Ireland and is managing the Childeric Ireland business. For any of our Irish clients please do follow the new Childeric Saddles - Ireland Facebook page to keep up to date with where Elliott is and what events we're supporting.
We also welcomed Andrew Reed into the fold a few months ago, as our new Office Manager. A key role supporting our growing brand and working closely with Tricia and the rest of the team.
This month we also welcomed Chloe Astill and Katie Eaton to the team. Chloe and Katie will gradually start to take on clients in the East and East Midlands areas, supporting Michelle and Tricia. As an added bonus Katie is a Master Saddler and will be undertaking additional training with the Childeric workshop in France to enable us to open a UK based workshop, later this year, for panel refits and adjustments.
Meet the team...
Good News - We're Coming Back To Work!
The workshop in France have made plans, and put systems into place, to allow their team to return to work from 11th May 2020. They will have less people in at a time and it will take slightly longer than usual to make or alter saddles but they will be back up and running.
We are thrilled to welcome two new brand champions to our Childéric family; Charlotte Lutener and Jennifer Johnston-Harman. You can read a little more about Charlotte in our latest news piece and we are thrilled to welcome Jennifer, a huge supporter of our saddles and services.
Jennifer was born in Aberdeenshire and holds BHSI & UKCC3 qualifications. Initially, Jennifer concentrated on eventing and competed up to Advanced level before heading into the world of dressage approximately 15 years ago. Every horse Jennifer has arrived with her as a foal and has been produced solely by Jennifer.