After leaving school and having worked on a number of different yards with a plethora of horses and experience of teaching riders of varying abilities, it seemed a natural progression for Sarah to carry her experience and equine knowledge over into the saddlery trade.
Having spent a year and learned a lot with a saddlefitter who was not a member of the Society of Master Saddlers (SMS), she realised that she could not progress through the SMS (a body recognised throughout the world) unless she was under the umbrella of a member and learnt the skills involved to do the job.
“I feel it is important to entrust your horse’s welfare with a professional who has a governing body behind them, therefore my apprenticeship began.
I have been lucky to have been mentored by some of the most respected members of the SMS, who have all helped me gain the knowledge and skills required to become a Master Saddler and Harness Maker and a Registered SMS Qualified Saddle Fitter.”
Along the way Sarah has won and been placed in numerous classes at the Annual National Saddlery Competition and have been awarded premium awards (merits for outstanding craftsmanship).
In 2008 Sarah was the first apprentice to receive the Saddlers’ Award (a bursary kindly presented by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers in conjunction with the City & Guilds Lion Awards and Medal for Excellence Programme. The award is judged on the City & Guilds criteria of highly developed skills, outstanding knowledge, versatility and adaptability, innovation and originality as well as considering the entrants’ individual circumstances.
Lily is the most recent member to join the team.
Having grown up on the family farm in Hertfordshire, she has her own horses with which she has participated in almost every discipline from vaulting to cross country.
This July Lily completed a 2 year course at The Prince Royal College of Saddlery where she acheived her Levels 2 and 3 Diploma in Saddlery and Harness Making.
Joining SES Saddlery shortly after graduation she has quickly proved herself to be a valued member of the team and we hope to help her gain experience and further qualifications within the trade in order to fulfill her desire of becoming a qualified saddler and harness maker. She is also keen to gain saddle fitting experience and qualifications. She has been signed up as a Millennium Apprenticeship Scheme which is a 2 year apprenticeship set up by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers