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

Hi

My name is Clair and I have been lucky enough to be involved with horses on and off since the age of 8. I rode regularly as a child and even loaned several ponies before leaving school.

Since leaving school I have had a successful career working up the ladder in the corporate industry. 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.

Finally, in 2016, I set up my 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; I will also carry out repair jobs if asked.

In addition to this, I have become a bit of a blogger where I have been writing about my journey to becoming a saddler. If you would like to check out my blog site, click here.

My qualifications and experience to date include:

Image of Clair learning to stitch using a saddler's clam in 2015

  • April 2015 – Attended Basic Leather work course at Saddlers Den
  • August 2015 – Attended Saddle Repair and Reflock course at Saddlers Den
  • October 2015 – Attended SMS Saddle Fitters Intro course at Moulton College.
  • August 2016 – Attended SMS Bridle Fitting course at Moulton College.
  • October 2016 – Achieved C & G Level 2 Bridle Making qualification.
  • October 2017 – Achieved C & G Level 3 Bridle Making qualification.
  • November 2017 – Attended Advance Bridle Techniques course at Saddlery Trg Centre.
  • AugustĀ  2018 – Achieved C & G Level 2 Saddle Making qualification.