From head collars to dressage saddles, a western bridle and box-work â€“ the classes at the 2019 Society of Master Saddlers National Competition provide plenty of choice for wide ranging skills and creativity.
One of the highlights in the world of saddlery and craftsmanship the competition continues to bring world-wide attention to the history and heritage so aligned with this much sought after tradition while encouraging modern techniques and developments.
The event brings together highly trained Master Saddlers, to trainees and apprentices just setting out on their exciting journey.
Explains Society of Master Saddlers Chief Executive, Hazel Morley: â€œThe National Saddlery Competition really does encourage some of the finest craftsmanship there is available worldwide and we are always delighted with the entries and huge amount of effort that goes into the exhibits.
â€œAttending the evening prize-giving is very much sought after and for many years the event has seen Saddlersâ€™ Hall at capacity.
â€œThe idea for the competition first came about as a way to showcase the fantastic range of bridle work and saddlery that is made throughout the world by Society of Master Saddlersâ€™ members and it continues to go from strength to strength.
â€œIt never ceases to amaze the judges how varied the entries can be in the classes which allow for creative flair while there are so many occasions that a first or second place is down to the odd stitch requiring adjustment.
â€œThe event also provides a great opportunity for those long established in the industry to mix and network with the next generation, encouraging them to make their way in the saddlery world and to aim high when it comes to producing and crafting the very best leatherwork they can.â€
The 2019 National Competition is supported by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, Abbey England, Cribbs Carriage Masters, Tandy Leathers, Musto, Osborne Tools and The Worshipful Company of Coach & Coach Harnessmakers.
The event takes place at Saddlersâ€™ Hall, London on Monday, February 4, 2018.