Tom Black has had
a lifelong connection with horses. Starting to ride at age 8 in
Perrysburg, Ohio, he worked his way up through the hunter-jumper
ranks in the Midwest primarily showing jumpers and assisting in
his family’s Hill Road Farm business.
His father, an avid foxhunter introduced him to foxhunting with
the Waterloo Hunt in Jackson, Michigan,
When a local harness maker went out of business the broken tack
began to pile up at the farm. His dad came home with an awl and
told him to get to work. By ‘taking apart and putting back
together’ he started learning the trade. He later worked a
summer job at Pete Sauar’s Bit & Spur Tack Shop in Detroit,
Michigan doing repair work.
After an injury curtailed his riding he concentrated on earning
a degree in veterinary medicine from Ohio State University.
After graduation he practiced in Indianapolis, Indiana and
Middleburg, Virginia before moving to North Carolina.
Along with his veterinary practice he has continued to do
leather work which he has expanded to an almost full time job.
He has continued his training and education and has studied with
Master Saddlers from England. He is a member of Saddle Harness &
Allied Trade Association and has been featured in ShopTalk
His work on whips began when a local huntsman started bringing
his broken whips for repair. He as expanded his whip repair
business by making custom whips and lashes.
Restoring hunt whips that have been passed down in families for
generations preserves a work of art and a connection to the
He presently works out of his shop at Three Springs Farm and
also has a mobile unit which can be found at area horse shows.