An Intro To Bridle Fitting

An Intro To Bridle Fitting

On Saturday 28th September, I attended the Society of Master Saddlers' Introductory Bridle Fitting course that was taking place at Moulton College in Northamptonshire. Theory Session At 9 am, we all went into the lecture room and sat down. The morning was to be our theory session. We had a workbook given to us which followed the schedule of the day. The Horse's Head - a Veterinarian's Perspective Photo: SMS Website The first presentation was by Dr Jane Nixon, the consultant veterinarian for the SMS who talked us through the horse's head and the consequence of bits and bridles. As a once aspiring vet myself, I find these sorts of lectures really interesting. The horse's anatomy never fails to amaze me. This presentation specifically touched on the skeleton, the circulatory and nerves systems of the horse head and how a bridle can affect these areas. Dr Jane Nixon also advised us on the best practices of biosecurity when visiting yards and potentially touching various horses. Most of it...
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Scarecrow Festival 2019

Scarecrow Festival 2019

During the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of September I took the Lady Saddler stand to the Belbroughton Scarecrow Festival 2019. Staying Over I was advised it was going to be a busy weekend so I arranged to stay overnight with the family in our caravan, rather than rush home. Glad I did now because it meant Saturday evening wasn't such a busy one, having to pack up, get home, have tea and then get up early to do it all again on the Sunday. Instead we had a chilled out evening and a lazy morning. The Weather Saturday was by far the busiest day of the two as we had the most glorious sunshine any event could wish for. Sunday, however, was a different kettle of fish and pretty much rained most of the day but we didn't let it dampened our spirits and still had a good day. Meeting New People I enjoy doing these events because I can personally speak to people I...
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My First AGM

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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