Businesswoman Sarah sets up hacking group

Sarah Thornton and Gemma Barratt in Happy Hacking mode
Sarah Thornton and Gemma Barratt in Happy Hacking mode
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Horseriding can be an expensive hobby at the best of times and local businesswoman Sarah Thornton is only too well aware of this as a horseowner herself, which is why she set up Old Town Saddlery in Scarborough last summer.

The shop sells second hand stock, with everything from saddles and rugs to hacking jackets and boots.

Sarah Thornton pictured at her Old Town Saddlery

Sarah Thornton pictured at her Old Town Saddlery

“I noticed that there was a gap in the market for a second hand tack shop, as more often than not anything horsey comes with a high price tag so I wanted to cater for the growing number of us on a tight budget,” said Sarah.

Having spent most of her life working with horses, including running a trekking centre at Staintondale, Sarah and her husband farmed in Lincoln for a few years before deciding to return to family in Scarborough, which is when she realised that she could combine her love of horses with her own business venture.

Since the shop opened last year it has proven to be popular with the local equestrian community and Sarah has just expanded into a bigger unit at the Market Vaults in Scarborough, which will enable her to stock even more second hand riding equipment.

She is happy to offer a postal service for those unable to visit the shop and has a Facebook page where people can view the stock at

Facebook also provided Sarah with the inspiration to set up a group called ‘Happy Hackers’ where local riders can share stories and photos of their rides and details of new routes that they have found.

“I have always enjoyed hacking and I thought that this would be a great way to connect local riders and provide a brilliant resource for learning new places to ride,” added Sarah, whose own horse Fred began his life on a trekking centre.

The group can be found on Facebook at ‘Happy Hackers Scarborough’ and would welcome new riders keen to share their top rides.