Black Country Saddles Sponsors Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center

Lexington, KY-- The Maker’s Mark Secretariat is pleased to announce a new sponsorship with elite English saddler Black Country Saddles.

Like the MMSC, which takes a “horse-centric” individualized approach to rehabilitating, reschooling, and rehoming each of its charges, Black Country Saddles takes a custom approach to the creation of each of its saddles, all of which can be specially fitted for horse and rider. Shunning mass production techniques, Master Saddlers and founders of Black Country Saddles Rob Cullen and John Hartley insist that all saddles are hand-crafted in the traditional manner. Their highly skilled saddlers use only the best quality British materials, from English leathers to pure-wool flocking and wood-laminated spring trees.

To accommodate a wide variety of horses, Black Country Saddles has supplied the MMSC with four models, the Eloquence for dressage, the Solare for all-purpose, the Tex Eventer for cross country, and the Quantum Jump for cross country or stadium jumping. The MMSC’s Thoroughbreds, who like all off-track horses are working to build new muscles and need the support and comfort of a well-made and well-fitted saddle, will be trained in these saddles henceforth. Additionally, all prospective adopters are welcome to try MMSC mounts in the saddle of their choice.

“It was apparent that the MMSC and its horses needed the very best in terms of comfort and fit,” says Master Saddler Rob Cullen. “Accordingly we felt honored to be asked and to agree to make our contribution to the cause with our various saddles and designs.”

“We are thrilled about the Black Country Saddles sponsorship,” says MMSC Executive Director, Susanna Thomas. “Rob’s and John’s insistence on quality and custom fit mirrors the MMSC’s commitment to excellence in all that we do for every OTTB that comes through our program. We are grateful for their recognition of the value of our program, and we are pleased to be able to share the value of their saddles with every prospective adopter.”


The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location in the Kentucky Horse Park to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability, so they can go on to be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers. The initial funding came from Maker’s Mark, Keeneland Race Course, and private donors. Today the MMSC is supported solely by donations, grants, and adoption fees. Director Susanna Thomas brought the Horse Centered Reschooling Program to the MMSC. It is a holistic interdisciplinary training program comprised of three distinct phases: body, spirit, and mind. Potential adopters must fill out an application and when approved come to the MMSC to try the horse/s to make sure that the fit between horse and adopter is a good one. The MMSC is open to the public and welcomes visitors. For more information visit and follow the MMSC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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