Sally Mitchell is the author of The Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists published in 1985 by The Antique Collector’s Club and which ran into three editions, unusual for an art reference book. She has since written or edited several other books on artists.
A horsewoman, having show jumped and ridden dressage to Prix St George level, she is also a fanatical collector and historian of antique equestrian items. Three years ago she built the, now award winning, Museum of The Horse above the gallery. Having eight rooms packed with fascinating items from 600BC to the 20thC it portrays the history of all of us and so is as interesting for non-horse people as it is for serious horse people.
Both gallery and Museum are housed in a handsome 18thC Posting House, an Inn where the coaches stopped to change horses and other horses were provided to private travellers too. With very easy access, the North bound carriage way of the A1 is literally one minute from the gallery, and a large free car park, it makes an ideal centre for the SEA Horse in Art exhibition. There is even a coffee shop, offering light lunches and cream teas in the courtyard to make the day even more enjoyable.