Welcoming Alex McCracken
Following ever increasing growth and unprecedented demand for CUOMO Saddles, we are delighted to welcome Alex McCracken to the team as an Approved Saddle Fitter covering the South-East. Alex brings a wealth of experience and a mutual passion for considering equine biomechanics when fitting saddles alongside an enthusiasm for the use in Louisa’s revolutionary technologies including the Tekscan Performance Mat and Quintic Performance Cameras.
Qualifying in 1984 from Cordwainers College (now Capel Manor) and working both in the UK and abroad, Alex has worked with international riders and world class facilities alongside top vets, equine bodyworkers, trainers and farriers to enable him to provide a comprehensive saddle fitting solution which echoes Louisa’s fundamental ethos of ensuring a saddle with no compromises to performance, comfort or symmetry.
Having worked extensively in Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Jockey Club as their saddler since 2014, the challenges Alex faced out there gave him an insight into how the relationship with other equestrian professionals could further his own knowledge and develop his own skills as a saddler. Despite having over 30 years of experience at the time, his work out there highlighted to him the need for looking at the whole horse and not just the saddle to enhance the horse’s movement, wellbeing, and performance
Speaking about joining the CUOMO Saddles brand, Alex says “I became involved with Louisa last year, and upon extensive conversations with her, we realised that our ethics and methods on fitting saddles aligned so it was a natural step as demand for CUOMO saddles continue to grow. It’s so refreshing to find someone who centres their saddle fitting around their biomechanics knowledge, and her dressage experience only heightens her attention to detail. I’m thrilled to join the team and be part of everything CUOMO saddles encompass!”
Looking to the future, we will have an ever-increasing focus on the use of technologies to further combat saddle fit and performance issues such as saddle slip, lack of straightness, asymmetry, and rider positioning. With his commercial drone pilots license, Alex is optimistic we will be able to use footage obtained by drone as yet another perspective to optimise equine performance and saddle fit.
Alex will be offering his saddle fitting services as well as carrying a stock of CUOMO saddles across Kent, Surrey, Sussex, and Essex. Please contact him on 07740 776305 to arrange an appointment