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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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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