Riders at heart,
Saddle Consultants by profession
An industry with a desperate need for innovation and the lack of education around the subject inspired us to join forces in order to offer something better.
Our purpose is to take the struggle out of saddle fitting by providing education and a personal tailored solution for every rider. Whether it’s labelled as treed, treeless or flexible, through suppliers using the latest technologies we are able to offer saddles that greatly enhance the welfare of the horse and that serve the goals of the rider.
Angelique van Voorst
Passion: From childhood, horses are my great love. They have also turned out to be my big teachers. From lessons in a riding school to my own horse. From basic dressage sport to Natural Horsemanship. Over the years a lot happens and changes, but the love for the horse has remained. Whether it is about interaction with the horse, riding or mental and physical health, with horses learning never stops.
Professional: I would like to contribute to making the riding experience just as pleasant for the horse as for the rider. I have opted for a range of flexible, adaptable and (semi) treeless saddles of high quality. For these saddles, just like for other saddles, it must be perfectly adjusted, fitted and checked for correct position for the back of the horse and the correct combination of horse-rider saddle in motion.
I also check tree saddles on location and do the necessary repairs or filling work. I work with other professionals to offer the horse and its owner the best care, treatment and / or training.
MSFC 1st year – Master Saddel Fitting Consultant
MSFC 2nd year – Saddler
Balance International internal training UK
After working as a Natural Horsemanship & Dressage instructor for many years and graduating as an Equestrian Entrepeneur, Elvira pursued her career in France.
While being trained by people like the acclaimed Berni Zambail she got introduced to new eye-opening saddling solutions.
Besides training with renowned saddle makers from some of the biggest brands available, Elvira complemented her studies through the ‘Master Saddle Fitting Consultants’ program in The Netherlands. She is specialized in training young horses and is the founder of ‘Eager Ears Coltstarting’. She remains an avid learner of saddle technology.
After graduating from International Business & Languages, Christiaan held marketing & sales positions in the software licensing, banking, and recruitment sector. He subsequently learned he never wanted to work just for the sake of earning a living ever again.
Traveling the world as a volunteer for a microcredit organization inspired him to seek out companies that offer qualitative products and services that do not just have a positive impact on the ‘bottom line’ but society as a whole. Besides helping our Saddle Consultants do what they’re best at, Christiaan’s eye for quality has been a tremendous asset to working with the right suppliers.
A deep passion for horses led to Cheryl stepping away from her successful career in law and moving to France. There she followed a two year fulltime program studying herd dynamics, hoof care, equine nutrition, horse behaviour and young horse development working with various breeds and horses. It was during this time that her saddlefitting education began.
Cheryl then continued training at the Parelli campus in Colorado, with world renown Pat and Linda Parelli. Returning to the UK in 2013 she founded ‘Horse & Rider Naturally’ solving ‘problematic horse behaviour by applying Natural Horsemanship and Dressage based principles. Cheryl works together closely with the rest of the Skyriding team to ensure quality control within the company.
Bert got involved in the development of the first treeless saddles as early as 2001. He is a pioneer in the industry and is even responsible for the designs of some of our saddle models and those of other companies. While getting his saddle fitting education he performed as a host on a Belgium television program for a number of years where he became known as ‘Bert and his Irish Cobs’.
Although still involved, due to physical ailments Bert stopped working as a Skyriding Saddle Consultant in 2014. He went back to running ‘Skyfarm’, the horse & children’s therapeutic centre he and his wife Ester founded in 2002. Learn more about Bert and Skyfarm.