The annual National Saddlery Competition 2020 took place at Saddlers’ Hall in London on Monday (3rd Feb).
I only entered the one class with my 17.5″ GP Saddle that I made for my Level 3 saddle making qualification assessment last year.
Amazingly, I WON my category and received a premium award too.
HRH Princess Anne, who is a Perpetual Master of The Worshipful Company of Saddlers was in attendance also but unfortunately, I missed out shaking her hand and shook the Lord Mayors instead.
Due to having a young family, we always drive down to London and back on the same day so we can be there for the children the next day but many stay over.
The evening starts around 4.15 pm where we browse the entries and see what has potentially won a prize, but we never know who’s won what until the actual prize-giving event.
At 5.00 pm we were all ushered into the main hall for the prize-giving. Always a great spectacle. I just love that room; steeped in history and the stories it could tell.
Afterwards, a great buffet is opened.
A welcomed sight after travelling down and sitting through the prize-giving on an empty belly.
After a couple of glasses of wine (and a coffee or two for the hubby), we returned to the Midlands.
All in all, it was a great evening and one I’ll never forget.
My Level 3 saddle will be made available for sale shortly.
Sadly, I do not have any use for it and the extra money will come in useful.
If you are interested in this brand new handmade saddle then feel free to contact me directly.