We have been thinking for a while of how we can make saddle fitting visits more affordable in the areas where our agents are still in training or we are yet to recruit suitable people, so over a year ago we started trialling our Local Co-Ordinators and Shared Callout Scheme . What this means is that customers of ours offer their facilities for others to join them, therefore making the callout for everyone cheaper, it also means that people who do not have a menage are able to use one without paying to hire it. The Scheme has been a resounding success and we are now officially launching it in all the areas we do business, please have a look at the page for details of the yards already enrolled in the scheme and if you would like to offer your services as a co-ordinator then please contact me on email@example.com or give me a call, we will be very pleased to have you.
An example of charges are as follows based on Dean and my callouts as the agents charge a little less.
One to one, either Co-Ordinators Yard or own premises, outside Somerset £85.
Two Customers, either Co-Ordinators Yard or own premises, outside Somerset £42.50
I’m looking forward to seeing how things develop, the aim is to cover the whole of the UK and therefore be able to limit Callouts to £30 per horse.
Preparations for the new season are starting in earnest, both for the customers and ourselves and the diary is filling up. Buffy is trying her best to get to you all up in Scotland, the borders and Northumberland, they are going to cover their entire area at least once this month and Dean and I will be joining them for some saddle fitting in the very last week of March/first week of April. Please contact them directly or ourselves with enquires or for bookings as we already have a good number of Local Co-Ordinators in Scotland and a brand new one coming onboard in Co Durham.
Kim is also booking in her customers for Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and is happy for customers to come to her own yard by prior appointment.
Over in Denmark Signe and her team are at Hest & Rytter this week and she will be available for fitting on all three islands after the show. Sandie, Vibeke and Ditte will also be sharing their facilities as usual.
Dean and I are heading for the South east again on Monday, with visits planned for Dorset, Hampshire, Kent, Sussex, Essex, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Suffolk, Including our usual monthly visit to our Retail Partners Kings of Suffolk and Newton Hall, Local Co- Ordinators for Suffolk and our Local Co-Ordinators for Sussex.
We are then hoping onboard a ferry to Holland where we are saddle fitting for a day with Our Retail Partners for the Neatherlands, Country Mill who are also Local Co-Ordinators, Saddle Fitting at Country Mill is free of charge.
From the 13th to the 22nd we will be exhibiting at Equitana, in Hall 2. Where we will be joined by Helena, our Agent for Germany and Frens from Country Mill and then we will also be available for saddle fitting on the way back to Somerset, we still have a few slots available but we are booking up fast so please let us know if you would like a visit in the South east before we book up as we will not be back in the area until mid April.
We are hoping to be home in Over Stowey by the 26th ready to start our next road trip to the North of England, Scotland and Wales all over again. Feeling Excited just thinking about it!