Richard Godden Lifetime Achievement Award
Whilst the Society's Lifetime Achievement award is not an annual presentation it is presented when the Society identifies a deserving individual and Side-Saddle Specialist Richard Godden is such a person.
Richard completed his five-year apprenticeship in 1957 after training under his uncle, Les Coker at Champion & Wilton. He worked for four London companies who held the Royal Warrant before starting his own business in Sherborne, Dorset.
In 1995 Mark Romain asked if he would be interested in running side-saddle courses. He agreed straight away and 25 years later, at the age of 82, he is still running those courses at The Saddlery Training Centre.
Mark Romain commented that Richard is a very talented trainer, whose skill in making and knowledge of side-saddles are unique. He is a very modest man, but without his willingness to share his expertise we would not have so many skilled side-saddlers working in the trade today.
HRH the Princess Royal presents the Society's Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard Godden