Suzie Fletcher-Baker is one of a handful of traditionally trained and certified Master Saddle Makers now residing in America. She has been an avid rider since early childhood in England, so it was no surprise she found herself drawn to an equestrian based trade. Although in the 1970s saddle making was considered a male occupation, Suzie was determined to become a Master. She started her training in 1975 with Ken Langford, Master Saddler and former president of the Society of Master Saddlers. She then spent 2 years at Cordwainers’ College in London and, upon completing her college training, she continued her formal apprenticeship under several Master Saddlers which allowed her to gain knowledge in all areas of saddlery. Included in her group of teachers was William Turner, the then appointed harness maker to the Queen of England. During this time she learned the fine art of harness making and had the honour of working on some of the sets of harness used for many British state functions.

With her combined expertise as a rider and saddle maker, Suzie is able to make and repair all types of English saddles. She took her skills abroad, finally settling in Colorado. In her workshop, she is now able to continue to carry on the traditional saddlery skills she acquired through generations of English Master Saddle Makers and specializes in saddle making, saddle repair, and the overhaul and retro fitting of saddles people presently own.

Suzie makes a limited quantity of bespoke (custom) saddles each year. Instead of choosing to follow the main stream of design and manufacture presently seen today, she has kept the hands on approach when making her saddles, much as they would have been made generations before. All materials used, including leather, are from Europe. Patterns for each saddle are designed on an individual basis. All leather is cut and prepared by hand and most of the saddle is still sewn by hand.  The majority of commissions Suzie accepts are for horses or people that need something that is not readily available through normal avenues.

 Phone: (970)­ 454 3556 or Email sfletcherbaker@aol.com

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