Katherine Penner Equine Services was founded in 2009. Katherine began her education at the BC College of Equine Therapy, graduating from the two year intensive program with the Top Student Award. Katherine practiced bodywork and saddle fitting full time after graduation, and soon discovered a need for quality saddle reflocking and saddle work. She proceeded to research the most comprehensive programs, and found The Saddle Fit and Reflocking School in South Carolina. This was by far the longest program, taking place over six months, and was taught by an entirely independent practitioner, Mike Scott, who had over 35 years of experience.
After completing the program, Katherine focused solely on independent fitting, choosing to not sell saddles, as she did not want to appear biased to her clients. Many other practitioners appear to be in it for the sale, and Katherine wanted to provide equestrians with truly unbiased information. However, with so much demand from her clients for quality, properly fitting saddles, Katherine began importing in 2013. Today, she carries four lines as a distributor, not a representative, meaning she is completely independent from the manufacturer, and chooses what lines to carry. This is based off needs she sees in the market, and horse’s with conformations that are not being accommodated well.
She still strives to keep the assessment and sale parts of her business entirely separate, so that no one gets an assessment that is less than honest. Another way she does this, is by focusing strongly on education in her appointments. The goal in every session is for the client to understand exactly what does and does not work about their saddle, so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their horses. Katherine is passionate about teaching, and also offers saddle fit education clinics to local groups and barns.