Society of Master Saddlers Qualified Saddle Fitter and Approved Retailer
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Beval Saddlery Owner, Mark H. Walter
Earns Certification as a Qualified Saddle Fitter
by The Society of Master Saddlers
For Immediate Release
December 28, 2009
Beval Saddlery owner, Mark H. Walter, combines over 20 years of professional saddle fitting experience with completion of the course and rigorous testing by The Society of Master Saddlers (SMS), earning him certification as a Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter. The strict methodology of the SMS is focused solely on saddle fit to the horse and rider, not on specific saddle brands. Under the vigilant obsveration of certified assessors, the extensive testing process includes a written exam, saddle fault assessments; conformation, condition & movement assessment; template & record taking; and multiple practical exams requiring the precise explanation, selection & proper fit of saddles to various horses. Recognition and affiliation with the SMS indicates that Mark H. Walter has achieved certification with the world's most well respected international authority representing saddle fiting professionals.
Founded in 1966, The SMS now encompasses all aspects of the saddlery trade. With a focus on proper training and time-proven methodologies, the Society prides itself on providing satisfactory service through its Registered Qualified Saddle Fitters. As stated on their website, the Society's mission "aims to ensure and achieve a high quality of workmanship through setting standards and overseeing the training of the membership's workforce to give their customers a professional and quantified service. It continues its work to carry these standards through build, repair & fit, and to work towards the complete comfort and safety of horse and rider."
In addition, Beval Saddlery is proud to be an Authorized Retailer of The Society of Master Saddlers. The Society holds retailers to the highest level of standards and ensures that Authorized Retailers "employ knowledgeable staff and offer a proper repair service for items of saddlery by a society saddler."
Beval Saddlery offers over 50 years of excellence as a premier saddlery manufacturer and supplier with a complete menu of services catering to the discerning equestrian. With retail stores in Gladstone, NJ; North Salem, NY; New Canaan, CT; Saugerties, NY and Wellington, FL as well as a mobile unit that travels to horse shows up and down the East coast, we remain at the heart of the equestrian community. Visit our newly remodeled store in Wellington, FL at the Winter Equestrian Festival this winter! For more information about our saddlery services, saddle fitting, leather repair, custom tailoring and alterations, please contact us or visit your closest Beval store.
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