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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The Lady Saddler Turns Three Years Old

The Lady Saddler Turns Three Years Old

First of September is here and that means my little business, the Lady Saddler turns three years old. [fist punch] I had always hoped that this little business of mine would make it. That it would be the reason to leave full time employment and be the means to my main income. It only feels like yesterday when the business turned two. I wrote a blog about it back then too. Take a read. "It's not been a bed of roses though, I can tell you." At one point, I really thought I had made a HUGE mistake and thought I wasn't good enough. Somehow I persevered and survived the roller coaster of emotions and actions that were sometimes not of my doing. Last Year's Goals In September of last year, I decided upon three clear goals to achieve within the following 12 months. Although I don't feel I have achieved them completely (yet), I do believe that I have grown and developed as a business owner. 1) Increase...
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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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Bespoke Bridle – Tracey & Elfie

Bespoke Bridle – Tracey & Elfie

Tracey contacted me recently to ask about my made to measure bridle service for her horse, Elfie. Elfie Elfie is a 16hh coloured cob mare with a HUGE head, which means that an ‘off-the-shelf’ bridle does not fit her correctly unless Tracey buys two different sizes and piece them together to make one bridle that fits. If you’re having the same issue then you too might be better off with a bespoke made-to-measure bridle made by a professionally trained saddler, as it will often cost the same as a designer brand bridle but instead you have a choice in the design and the colours to use. Bespoke Bridle Tracey decided to purchase a bespoke bridle so that she could have everything she wanted in one simple design. Tracey loves the colour orange and wanted her bridle to reflect this so it matched her orange saddle cloth and stirrup irons. Another desire was to have a shaped headpiece, a wider noseband at 2.25”, a v-shaped browband and plaited reins, all in...
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