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.
I am very pleased to announce that 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 Mayor’s 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 usually starts around 4.15pm where we can browse the entries and see what has potentially been awarded a prize, but we never know who’s won what until the actual prize-giving event.
At 5.00pm 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 put on which is a welcome sight after travelling down and sitting through the prize giving with an empty belly. After a couple of glasses of wine (and a coffee or two for the hubby), we set back off to the Midlands.
All in all it was a great evening and one I’ll never forget.
My Level 3 saddle will be put up for sale shortly as sadly I do not have any personal use for it and I could really do with the money to reinvest in some more leather.
So if you are interested in buying this brand new handmade saddle then please contact me directly.