Danby Equestrian is based on the Black Isle in the Highlands of Scotland.
We cover the whole of the Highlands and Grampian, and can go further afield in some cases. We even have customers as far away as Poland and Oman. Our general ethos is that the horse must always come first and we are constantly looking for the best ways to improve equine welfare and comfort in the most efficient ways within the client’s budget. Our staff are registered members of the Society of Master Saddlers.
Jocelyn Danby Master Saddler, Master Saddle Fitter, Qualified Bridle Fitter BHSAI ISM has worked with horses all her life. She first started learning saddlery in 1999. Her previous roles include groom, riding instructor, veterinary nurse and yard manager. She has competed in various disciplines including eventing and also enjoyed dressage, showjumping, side saddle, drill and skill at arms. In 2009 she decided to focus on saddlery and this is now her exclusive work. Her two main passions within saddlery are saddle fitting and from the point of view of the craft of saddlery, side saddle is what she loves best. Jocelyn was honoured to be awarded a craft scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, which is the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, to enable her to study side saddle restoration and manufacture under Master Saddler Richard Godden. Work now gets too much in the way of competing, but she still enjoys regular riding with her two thoroughbreds Scendo and Ches. She is also involved with running courses in saddle fitting and saddlery in Poland so as to promote the art and science of correct saddle fitting using up to date methods in Central and Eastern Europe.
Kieran Forsyth M.A. Master Saddler served 25 years in the regular army first with the Band of the Irish Guards and then as a mounted musician with the Blues and Royals, Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. In 2013 he transferred to the Reserves and now serves in a part time role as the Master Saddler for the Scottish and Northern Irish Yeomanry, as well as in other roles within the regiment. At Danby Equestrian, Kieran is invaluable for his knowledge of all things military. He also assists with saddle fitting and is interested in deer saddles and other country sports equipment.
Sara Shirvani works part time at Danby Equestrian. She is training towards the Society of Master Saddlers, City and Guilds qualifications in Saddlery, saddle fitting and bridle fitting. She assists with admin and craft work. She is an experienced groom and stable manager having worked in varied yards both in the U.K. and North America