Image of Olly and Clair taken in October 2017
Clair and Olly

Hi, my name is Clair and I am a wife, mother, blogger and entrepreneur.

I have been lucky to be involved with horses in some form or another since the age of 8.

I rode regularly as a child and even loaned several ponies before leaving school.

Upon leaving school I had a successful career working up the corporate ladder.

However, in 2015, I decided to embark upon a new career that would involve working with horses again.

I pretty much stumbled across saddler training and whilst having a natural creative flair and a hands-on approach to handcrafting and sewing I immediately booked myself onto a Basic Leather course, followed by a saddle repairing course.

Eventually, I was accepted onto an adult training scheme with the Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury, where I have been learning the skills of working with leather ever since and subsequently undertaking the City and Guilds exams, in order to become a qualified Saddler.

Finally, in 2016, I set up my own workshop at home and ‘The Lady Saddler’ was formed.

Located on the outskirts of South Staffordshire, I mainly design and handcraft saddlery and leather work as well as carry out repair work if required.

In addition to this, I have become a bit of a blogger where I have been documenting my journey in becoming a Saddler. If you want to check out my blog site, click here.

Qualifications

I started training with leather in 2015 and within a year I went on to enrol onto an adult training scheme with The Saddlery Training Centre to train to become a qualified Saddler.

I have already completed the City & Guilds Level 2 & 3 in Bridle Making and Level 2 in Saddle Making qualifications and I hope to complete the exams for Level 3 Saddle Making in May 2019.

I am also a student member of the Society of Master Saddlers.