Wednesday 22nd of March 2023

New professional networking & social group launches

You might wonder what a team of leading solicitors, a property expert, a founder of a private family office and a prominent barrister have in common? Well, aside from working in London and wanting to build their professional networks, they are all deeply passionate about horses, which is from where the support for City Saddles emerged.

City Saddles is a networking and social group for professionals based in (or prepared to travel to) London who are interested in all things equestrian. The objective is to meet and network with like-minded professionals, the USP being that our events will be equestrian themed.



The idea really stemmed from David Lister, a Family Law Partner at Mishcon de Reya:

“I enjoy riding at weekends and work as a solicitor during the week and felt there must be other professionals doing the same. The more riders I meet, the more I realise how many of us are working in London and also ride in the evenings, mornings and at weekends.

“The objective for City Saddles is to provide a forum for like-minded individuals to meet and visit places of equestrian interest in and around the city and further a field.

“We created a committee comprising of my colleagues at Mishcon namely Amanda Gray, Fiona Laurence and Annabel Thomas together with Family Law Barrister Caroline Lister (no relation), Savills Country and Equestrian Property Specialist Louise Harrison, Kings & Wood Mallesons Partner Shaistah Akhtar and Eclipse Equine Private Office Founder Dominic Parker”.


City Saddles already has a number of exciting events in the pipeline including a day at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials with talks from equestrian professionals including event rider Flora Harris, a tour of the London Metropolitan police headquarters in Esher and a visit to the Household Cavalry.

As well as bringing like-minded professionals together, the committee behind City Saddles is aiming to raise money for Spinal Research UK. The charity for people with spinal cord injuries, Mark Bacon from the charity comments –

“Thankfully spinal cord injury is a rare event but when it happens the consequences are truly devastating. Spinal Research has one clear aim, to make the permanence of paralysis a thing of the past and allow people to once again do the things we all take for granted. Quite simply, City Saddles’ is an inspiring idea, celebrating something close to our hearts and we are proud to be a part of it.”

To join the City Saddles network or simply find out more about upcoming events in London, simply join the “City Saddles” group on Linked In or email

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