My First AGM

On Thursday 12th September, I attended my very first 'Society of Master Saddlers' AGM. An AGM is commonly known as an Annual General Meeting where members of a society, association or club attend a meeting once a year to hear about how it as performed. Never Attended... I've never attended this Society's meeting before because I've always felt I've not been qualified enough to attend. In actual fact the Society welcomes all levels of saddlers and saddle fitters as long as you are a paid member. Capel Manor This year, Capel Manor College in Enfield, London was the venue. This is currently the only college in the UK that offers a full-time Saddlery course. However, they also provide other leather work courses too such as, shoe making. Travelling South I'm not an experienced train traveller and my personal anxieties would be on overdrive. So being as the college is located just off the M25, I chose to drive. It was a pleasant trip from the Midlands down to Enfield and I...
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Enville Village Show 2019

Enville Village Show 2019

On Bank Holiday Monday, (just gone), I took the Lady Saddler stand to the Enville Village show. "I have an affinity with this show" It is the village in which we live and so not only do I love to give them my support, it's also where I launched the business' first trade stand in 2017 and so I have an affinity with this show. All Things Western Every year there is a theme to the show. This year it was all things western and we were encouraged to dress as a cowboy or girl. In the rush to get everything completed on time I forgot the dress code. However, it was great to see some people had put on their checked shirts, cowboy boots and/or hats. ***Note to oneself - remember the dress code next year. lol :-)*** Busy Day The weather was glorious, all day; in fact a little too warm at one point but thankfully the Gazebo gave us some shade. I was so...
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Tenbury Countryside Show

Tenbury Countryside Show

On Saturday 3rd August, I took The Lady Saddler stand to the Tenbury Countryside Show, in Tenbury, Worcestershire. "A well organised, well set out show with plenty to do and see for all the family!" This was the first time I had ever attended this show; never before had I even heard of it. Nevertheless, it was really well organised, well set out show with plenty to see and do for all the family. Arena Views The Lady Saddler was located right alongside the countryside arena. It was great to have such a prominent spot with a great view of what was going on. As normal, I set my stand up with two tables. One had some pre-made items available for sale and the other was where I set up a bit of a workbench and demonstrated the traditional techniques of hand stitching leather. Leather Skins For a change, I hung a couple of leather skins at the back of my stand and one...
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Inkberrow Horse and Dog Show

Inkberrow Horse and Dog Show

Saturday 20th July 2019 On Saturday 20th July, I took the Lady Saddler stand to the Inkberrow Horse and Dog Show. A range of unaffiliated classes in showing and show jumping was held at the Springfield Farm, event. There was also handy pony; gymkhana' fun classes and many more.  Show Classes The show also had a large dog following with novelty dog classes also taking place. A variety of trade stands and refreshments, including local food and a licensed bar, was available on the day too including me. We got to watch the dog show classes, meet lots of new people and sell a few items, so all in all it was a great day. Do you fancy visiting Inkberrow next year? If you fancy attending the Inkberrow Horse and Dog show next year then feel free to take a look at their official website [Here]. Other Events Throughout the year I shall also be attending other events both indoor and outdoor events. If you...
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First Trade Stand of the Year

First Trade Stand of the Year

Event in Wolverley On Sunday 2nd June I attended the Wolverley Country Craft Fair and Fun Dog Show with my trade stand. It was really nice getting the trade stand back out again, especially after last year's disaster, when the gazebo blew over by a freak gush of wind. Just before Christmas, my wonderful husband found another gazebo online that was second-hand but was better quality for a not such a bad price, so off he went in his truck to pick it up. Networking "Much prefer to talk to people than sell to them" Usually, I attend these local events to network with people more than sell to them, as I'm pretty useless at being a sales person and would much prefer to talk to people than sell to them. As long as people are taking an interest in what I'm doing and take a card (just in case), then that makes me happy. Products & Services on offer I made some different coloured stirrup keyrings this year,...
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