Michelle Graham - Online Store

NEW PRODUCTS: See the Saddles page for full details.

Introduction

I was born in Darwin in 1972, but relocated to Victoria after Cyclone Tracy devastated the city.

Rochester Pony club was my first foray into horses with a very naughty bay, followed by a beloved grey, Nebula.  I enjoyed eventing the most with the discipline of dressage and the thrill of Cross country.

I studied at Monash University completing a Bachelor of Jewellery and Silversmithing. This was followed up with several years in Europe growing up and experiencing some amazing things before I enrolled in a Postgraduate Certificate in Jewellery at London Guildhall University.

Finally setting up home in the UK’s most northerly island of Shetland, I found my jewellery studio wasn’t fulfilling all my artistic needs and I began looking for another avenue to focus my energy on.

It was during my last 2 years on Shetland that I retrained as a bridlemaker with Master Saddler, Phillip Howard and his wife Karen, who is a Qualified Saddler. I thought that making bridles would give me a great sense of satisfaction, using a medium that was both flexible in design and production. Although I have a great appreciation for Saddlery, it is the bridle that I love the most. To see a well fitting and well made bridle or in-hand halter on a lovely head is to me.....heaven.

Our family relocated to WA in February 2008, where I have now set up a workshop and am working full time as a bridlemaker.


Jemima Draper and Kylen Matisse
The Garryowen, Melbourne Royal Show, 2010.
Photo Credit: Derek O'Leary.