Discontinued Stock

Discontinued Stock

Two weeks into January and I wanted to bring your attention to my one of a kind discontinued stock sale. This is not something I will be doing on a regular basis but with the recent changes, as explained in my previous blog, I have some stock that I have no reason to keep due to it being discontinued. Already there have been some items snapped up so if there is something that takes your fancy, I'd take a look before they are gone for good. As an added bonus, all items are sent to a UK address absolutely FREE OF CHARGE, so the price you see if the price you pay. Bracelets These handmade leather bracelets are great accessories for both men and women. You can have them personalised (free of charge) with a name, initials or a short slogan to make them that little more extra special as a gift. Keyrings All these keyrings are one of a kind limited editions. The moustache keyrings are...
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A Bespoke Headcollar For Jasper

A Bespoke Headcollar For Jasper

On Saturday 3rd August 2019, at Tenbury Countryside Show, I measured a sweet bay pony called Jasper, for a new bespoke headcollar. Bespoke Made The made to measure headcollar was going to be part of a birthday gift for Jasper's little rider. "Not like the cheap rubbish you get online" In addition, Jasper's owner requested the black leather headcollar to have black stitching and brass fittings, including a nameplate. All of which had to be of the best quality and not like the 'cheap rubbish you get online these days' (customer's words not mine :-) lol) So, I measured Jasper up for his new headcollar; what a sweet boy he was. Making The Headcollar To make the bespoke headcollar I had to cut a couple of straps of the finest British Sedgwick bridle leather in black and prepare them ready for the individual sections of the headcollar. These being the headpiece, cheeks, buckle chape, noseband, jowels, back stay and throatlash. Engraving I asked a fellow Saddler, to make...
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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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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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