Tatum’s passion for horses inspired her to pursue an education with the Master Saddlers Association at a young age. After training and apprenticing for several years, Tatum officially joined Safe and Sound Saddle Fit and County Saddlery in 2021 to serve clients around Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Tatum has been riding most of her life and competes in three-day eventing, dressage, and western dressage, and also has experience showing in many other disciplines such as western pleasure, ranch pleasure, showmanship, and trail. Some of Tatum’s accomplishments include placing in Top 10 at the 2018 American Eventing Championships with her Quarter Horse mare Red’s Loyal Flame (“Little Red”), placing 6th out of 25 riders as part of Area IV’s team at the Midsouth Team Challenge at the Kentucky Horse Park, and starting and competing her young Irish Sport Horse gelding WL Flagmount Fireball (“Stitch”). Tatum teaches riding lessons to students of all ages at Woodloch Stable in Hugo, MN. She regularly trains with clinicians such as US Olympian Becky Holder, Grand Prix dressage trainer Brian Hafner, 5* eventers Dom & Jimmie Schramm, Yves Sauvignon, and more.
When it comes to fitting saddles, Tatum has a skillful eye and meticulous feel for balancing and flocking saddles to suit the individual horse. She loves to help her clients find their optimal saddle fit – whether it’s fitting them for a custom County, trialing a demo saddle, or adjusting flocking in their well-loved saddle to keep their horses comfortable and happy.