This summer I had the opportunity to work with McKinley Harvey, of The Perfect Fit Saddlery, to produce a series of promotional images for her saddle fitting business. We shot in the beautiful setting of Faith Farms in Castle Rock during a group session day with three additional ladies. McKinley founded The Perfect Fit Saddlery in 2017, when she saw a growing demand for high quality products and fitting services in Colorado. It was then, when the 24-year old Colorado native took out two loans, and a leap of faith, and hasn’t looked back since then.
McKinley’s dressage background, riding since she was eight and competing all her life, coupled with her entrepreneurial education, allowed her to enter the field and start a successful business. When working with McKinley and her fun quirky but professional personality, there is no doubt that horses are the most important part of her life.
At The Perfect Fit Saddlery, McKinley represents Equipe, handmade saddles from Italy that respect the rider’s comfort and the anatomy of the horse. She describes them as the best in the market for horse and riders. In addition The Perfect Fit offers boot fitting and custom boot services of DeNiroBootCo, a company that has been known for quality, attention to details, innovation and style since 1981.
Of course there is a special someone who makes her eyes light up. Part of her shoot was also her soulmate Q, a 6-year old Hanoverian, who she has a deep relationship with and whom she is developing at the moment. Q was imported from Germany after a referral from a friend and McKinley found her soul horse without even meeting him prior. She explains that just like with developing horses, it’s important to be devoted and to not cut corners, if you want to work in the equine industry and be successful. Her advice to any young entrepreneurs is to find a mentor who can take you under their wing to give you insight of what it takes.
One of the amazing benefits of her job is that she got to visit the factory in Italy, where Equipe and DeNiro products are handcrafted. Check out her experience on her Facebook page.
If you are interested in Saddle fittings for Selleria Equipe, personal fittings and design consultations for DeNiroBootCo or would like to find out more about The Perfect Fit Saddlery, you can contact McKinley through various channels: