Becoming a Member
The Society of Master Saddlers represents and supports the profession of saddlery and harness making in the fields of trade manufacturing, retail, individual craftspeople and saddle fitting.
What do we do for members?
Promote the Society logo
and encourage the public to 'Look for the Badge'
Distribute Lists of Members
, the Register of Qualified Saddle Fitters
, and advisory leaflets
Support Trade Members
with the introduction of swing tickets
and the saddle ID scheme
and promoting British Saddlery
Keep members up-to-date with current regulations
Provide advisory policies and guidelines
on issues relating to saddlery.
Conduct the Society's Qualified Saddle Fitters Course
Conduct the Introductory Course in Saddle Fitting
in conjunction with the British Equestrian Trade Association.
Conduct the Overseas Retailers Saddle Fitting Course
to encourage export of UK manufactured saddles and gain International recognition.
Run a Refresher Day
for Qualified Saddle Fitters to keep them up to date with current practices and theories.
Conduct the Bridle Fitting Course
to improve knowledge on the fit and uses of bridlework.
Arrange Seminars and training modules
for members covering topical themes and run joint training days with other organisations.
Work with other organisations
to encourage a closer working relationship between the equine professions.
Provide affinity schemes
which offer discounts to members for website design, insurance, credit card terminals, car hir
Carry out research using the Pliance pressure testing system
, owned in conjunction with the BEF.
Promote members through the Yellow Pages Corporate Advertising Scheme
Promote the Society and its members through our comprehensive website.
Provide advice on training
and entry into the trade.
Assist in the administration of the Millennium Apprenticeship Scheme.
Assist in administration of the City & Guilds Skills Assessment & Qualification Scheme
Provide Professional Indemnity Insurance
cover for relevant members as part of the annual subscription.
Provide professional advice for members through the free legal help-line
and offer advice on complaints via our Liaison Officer.
Promote members through comprehensive press coverage
across the UK.
between members through regional groups
Organise the annual National Saddlery Competition
in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Saddlers to encourage and maintain the highest standards of craftsmanship.
Distribute a Newsletter
Organise the British Saddlery Pavilion and Saddlery Competitions
at BETA International, so promoting the UK saddlery trade.
Administer a prize voucher scheme
for the Saddlers' Company to encourage competitive riding and the subsequent introduction of new customers to members.
from time to time on saddlery related issues.
the interests of members and the saddlery trade on relevant committees
For more information on becoming a member please contact the Society office on 01449 711642 or submit an enquiry online here
Click here to download the Pathway to becoming a Member.