Young saddler has new role

LeftToRightRachaelDavie, ClareOsborne ,CharlotteMaheu.

LeftToRightRachaelDavie, ClareOsborne ,CharlotteMaheu.

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A TALENTED young saddler now has a new role at Gatleys Country Store in Barns Farm Lane, Storrington, where she works alongside the full range of livestock and horse feeds and country clothing at the family store.

Rachael Davie has had ties to Gatleys for several years now, having gone to Gatleys for work experience whilst she was a pupil at Steyning Grammar School, spurred on by her desire to become a saddler and to learn more in an environment which specialised in horse and other animals feeds and clothing.

Rachael took a two- year Level 2 Cordwainers diploma at London’s Capel Manor College and worked at the store during college holidays.

When she finished the course and qualified in June this year, store owner, Robin Duke, decided to offer Rachael a workshop at Gatleys Country Store.

Robin said: “We know Rachael well, and were impressed with her bridle, saddle and harness work. I am keen to develop this new part of the business which is working toward our goal of complete horse care and supplies under one roof.”

Rachael is now continuing her training through a day release course with Mark Romain of the Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury.

Rachael explained: “It is really important to both me and Robin that I take and pass all the best courses available for my profession. I am well on the way to achieving my Master Saddler qualification.”

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