Hello, and thank you for visiting my website. My name is Jacquelyn Wollmann and I live in Calgary with my beautiful Andalusian Tzar. I grew up on a working farm on the Southern Alberta prairies. I started riding at the age of 6 years old, we used our horses in daily life on the farm. I rode western for most of my younger years putting miles on young horses that my dad trained. I took up distance riding in my early 20’s, riding across the state of Michigan, and competing in Competitive Trail where proper saddle fit became even more clear to me. I started to educate myself on saddle fitting, saddle fit is simply not taught in the western world (yet). I started regular dressage lessons and started to train and compete in the sport.
Due to my avid interest, and the fact that I was already saddle fitting part time since 2007, my coach really encouraged me to become a saddle fitter. So, I officially started my own business doing Saddle fitting and leather repair work in 2017. My research led me to the SMS where I found NASS and started my training with them immediately.
Being an active rider myself helps greatly when assessing the horse and rider for saddle fit, giving me a better understanding of what is required from the saddle and from the horse. I am always trying to improve my knowledge by taking professional development courses as part of my apprentice with the Society of Master Saddlers.
I have a BSc in Biology, with emphasis in pre-veterinary medicine, comparative anatomy and physiology. I have worked as a massage therapist for the last 15 years, working my way through University. Human and Equine massage are not that far apart, and I do body work on my own horses. I have found my background in Massage Therapy to be very useful when assessing my equine clients for muscle tension and soreness.
Having extensive knowledge in both these areas enabled me to further understand the necessity of proper saddle fit for optimal equine performance. My diverse equestrian background allows me to assist riders from both English and Western disciplines with their saddle fit concerns.
I am taking my training and apprenticeship through North American Saddlery School, in conjunction with the Society of Master Saddlers UK.