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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Girth Straps – Shiny Side Up or Shiny Side Down?

Girth Straps – Shiny Side Up or Shiny Side Down?

Back in March, I asked my Social Media followers a question regarding girth straps and which side is the 'right' side. Don't Shoot The Messenger Well, before you all shoot the messenger, what I am about to tell you is what is known as the 'correct' way. Ask your Saddler/Saddle Fitter This doesn't mean that you have to go straight out and have your straps changed. The 'Correct' Way Girth straps should be stitched onto the webbs of your saddle with the dull side up (shiny side facing down). An awful lot of saddles are made with the girth straps the other way round (shiny side up). This is predominantly due to consumer requests. Whilst training for my City and Guilds Saddle Making qualification, I was taught to do everything the correct way. This includes hand-stitching girth straps into saddles with the dull side up as this is the safest and most durable way for them to be done. Customer's Preference Most customers don't like the look of the girth straps...
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Saddlery Competition 2019

Saddlery Competition 2019

This years National Saddlery Competition took place in February 2019. Organised by the Society of Master Saddlers it takes place every year at Saddlers Hall in London and is one of the main events of the year. My Entries This year, I entered four separate items into the following class categories: 2b - Level 3 In-hand Stallion Bridle 3a - Level 2 Trainee Saddle 5 - Special Open Class - Dressage Stirrup Leathers13 - The President's Choice Beta International One of the category's, 'The President's Choice', was displayed at BETA International during the 19th - 21st January 2019, to allow the public to vote their favourite. Can you spot mine amongst the other fantastic box work displayed? London Bound On Monday 4th February, my husband and I embarked on our 3.5-hour car journey down to London. We got there, had a meander around, and looked at all the entries including mine. There was some stunning work completed by trainee's, qualified and Master Saddlers. Prize Winners The prize winners were distinguished by a...
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Equine Tack Sales in Kinver

Equine Tack Sales in Kinver

A couple of years ago I started a monthly equine tack sale in my local village school in Kinver, it was an instant success. Since then I have changed the venue, set the dates in advance and only do certain months; it's sure been a learning curve! Check out the 2018 / 2019 dates for the Kinver Tack Sale HERE! When I Was Young I don't know about you, but when I was growing up second hand tack sales were few and far between. We would have to scour the local newspaper for-sale ads for any riding gear or equestrian items you needed. Nowadays it has becom more common for people to buy from eBay, Gumtree, Spock and even for sale or auction groups on Facebook. However, physical tack sales are also becoming more and more popular too. Why do you think that is? Networking I believe tack sales are becoming much more common now because people crave face to face interaction. We spend so much of our...
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Beta International 2019

Beta International 2019

On Sunday, I attended the Beta International event at the NEC in Birmingham. The BETA Group "The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) represents more than 800 British suppliers and retailers. Members include producers of famous brands and more than 400 tack shops across the UK. It supports riders and horse owners by striving for excellence on behalf of equestrian shops and shoppers - and protects consumers by making sure that only tack shops run in a professional manner are allowed to become members and display the trade association's logo."BETA Group Trade Exhibition BETA International is a world-leading trade exhibition that supports the equestrian, country clothing, outdoor and pet product sectors. In this particular year they are also celebrating its 40th anniversary. Usually held at this time of year [January] the event is on for three days and offers the ideal networking opportunity for members of the industry as well as a chance to see hundreds of the most exciting and innovative new products that are...
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