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SMS Events 2018

We have a full and varied diary of events running in 2018 to appeal to all areas of our membership
Book early to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited.   

12th April  Saddle Adjustment Day  Brinsbury College, Pulborough, Sussex
26th April  Tool sharpening & maintenance Cirencester Saddlers, Gloucestershire
1st May  Be Ready for GDPR Business Seminar Walsall Leather Museum

10th May  Saddle Adjustment Day  Nutwell Saddlery, Devon

30th & 31st May Intro Saddle Fitting Course  Moulton College

17th – 21st June Qualified Saddle Fitters Course Moulton College

13th July  Competition winning tips and techniques Capel Manor College

9th August QSF Refresher Day   Moulton College

31st August Sewing Machine Maintenance Including skiving machine & use of seaming attachments.  Kenton Barrett, Vale Brothers, Walsall
15th September   Bridle Fitting Course  Moulton College

19th September Trees for Breeds   Walsall

14th October Whip repairs and attaching lashes Chris Taylor, Tandy Factory, Manchester,
(revised date)      

17th October Interactive & Practical Saddle Fitting Day East Durham College, Durham

September TBC Annual General Meeting

4th July & 10th Oct BETA 1st Aid Courses Warks & Somerset
Various  Centaur Biomechanics  Warks & Cambs
7th & 8th August Horses Inside Out   Morley
8th December SRT Conference   Nottingham

Saddlers’ one-day CPD modules

Tool Sharpening and Maintenance

The Old Kennels Workshop, Cirencester, GL7 1UR

26th April, 10.30am

The day will cover:

• different types of knives and how to sharpen and restore
• setting up:
o new stitching awls
o skirt shaves
o backing awls
o plough gauge knives etc

Lecturers:  Mark Romain and Laurence Pearman

Cost Ex VAT:  SMS £65, BETA £85, Others £95.

Bring a packed lunch.  Light refreshments provided

Contact the SMS office to book your place.   (limited availability)
01449 711642        enquiries@mastersaddlers.co.uk


Competition Winning Tips and Techniques
for bridle & harness

Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ

Friday 13th July, 10.00am

The day will include tips on:

• how the judging is done and what the judges are looking for
• getting stitching straight
• edge finishing
• how to make your piece stand out and get noticed
• leathers and fittings

Lecturer:  Frances Kelly

Cost Ex VAT:  SMS £65, BETA £85, Others £95.

Canteen on the premises.  Light refreshments provided

Contact the SMS office to book your place.   (limited availability)
01449 711642        enquiries@mastersaddlers.co.uk


Sewing Machine Maintenance
and Skiving Machine

Vale Brothers Ltd, Unit 2 Midland Road, Walsall, WS1 3QQ

Friday 31st August, 10.30am

Kenton Barrett of Midlands Industrial Sewing Machines Ltd will give various tips on maintaining and using your sewing machine including:

• Cleaning, Setting tension and Timing issues
• Different types of needles and threads and where they can be used.
• Skiving machine and use of seaming attachments.
• Accessories including different types of feet and attachments.

You will be able to practice some of these techniques on the machines at Vale Brothers.

Cost Ex VAT:  SMS £65, BETA £85, Others £95.

Bring a packed lunch.  Light refreshments provided

Contact the SMS office to book your place.   (limited availability)
01449 711642        enquiries@mastersaddlers.co.uk
Payment to be made on booking.


Whip Repairs and attaching Lashes

Tandy Workshop, Unit 20, Lime Square, Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, Manchester, M11 1DA

Sunday 14th October, 10.30am

The day will focus on restoration techniques for :

• replacing ends of riding and driving whips;
• how to plait lashes

Lecturer:  Chris Taylor

Cost Ex VAT:  SMS £65, BETA £85, Others £95.

Bring a packed lunch.  Light refreshments provided

Contact the SMS office to book your place.  (limited availability)
01449 711642        enquiries@mastersaddlers.co.uk


Business Seminar
Including the new GDPR regulations

Walsall Leather Museum, Littleton Street West, Walsall WS2 8EQ

Tuesday 1st May – 10.30am

A business seminar covering a variety of topics:

• GDPR Regulations – what you need to do
• Trading Standards
• How new technology can help you

Cost:   SMS Members: £55 plus VAT  BETA: £75+VAT    Others:  £85 + VAT

Contact the SMS office to book your place.
01449 711642        enquiries@mastersaddlers.co.uk


Saddle Adjustment Days

Suitable for Saddle Fitters and Saddlers, Beginners or experienced

Various dates and venues.  Start time 9.30am

A one-day module which will cover recognising and achieving a good fit in regard to recommended alterations and adjustments.

The day will be spent looking at saddles that almost fit and delegates will discuss what can be done to make them fit.  Delegates will not be doing their own adjustments but will be recommending what is needed. These recommended adjustments will then be made by Master Saddlers and the outcome evaluated.

  Date    Venue

  Thursday 12th April  Brinsbury College, Chichester University,
North Heath, Pulborough, RH20 1DL

  Thursday 10th May  Nutwell Saddlery, Nutwell Estate, Lympstone,
      Exmouth, EX8 5AN

Further saddle fitting themed events are being arranged in the North and will be advised when details are available.

Cost Ex VAT:   SMS £140, BETA £160, Others £180, including lunch and refreshments.

Contact the SMS office to book your place.   01449 711642        enquiries@mastersaddlers.co.uk


Introductory Saddle Fitting Course

The Pitsford Centre, Moulton College

30th & 31st May 2018

A two day course of theory & practical sessions covering the basic principles of saddle fitting.  Mandatory for those wishing to progress to the SMS Qualified Saddle Fitters’ Course.

Cost to members £360 plus VAT.  Includes tuition, meals and refreshments. 
Accommodation not included but available on site.

Contact the SMS office to book your place.    01449 711642        enquiries@mastersaddlers.co.uk


Qualified Saddle Fitters’ Course

A few places are available on the course which runs

17th to 21st June at Moulton College

Open to those with three years’ experience in saddle fitting and who hold the Society’s saddle flocking qualification.

Email the office or see the webs site for full criteria and details. 

See the SMS website for candidate handbooks for both the Flocking qualification and Saddle Fitting qualification.


Qualified Saddle Fitters’ Refresher Day

Thursday 9th August at Moulton College

We also plan to hold a Manufacturers’ Showcase during the day.


Bridle Fitting Course

Moulton College, Saturday 15th September

One day course covering theory and practical lectures on measuring and fitting bridles and different styles, including lorinery and horse’s head anatomy.

Cost Ex VAT:  SMS £150, BETA £180, Others £200.

Contact the SMS office to book your place.   01449 711642        enquiries@mastersaddlers.co.uk


Trees for Breeds

Walsall, 19th September

The day will focus on the subject of trees and their suitability for different fitting scenarios.

• Choosing the right tree, particularly for difficult fits.
• The different trees available.
• Panel and knee block options.
• Case studies on difficult fits.
• Tour of Walsall riding tree workshop and factory

Cost Ex VAT:  SMS £65, BETA £85, Others £95.    Lunch included.


Interactive & Practical Saddle Fitting Day

East Durham College, Houghall Campus, Durham

17th October

Suitable for Saddle Fitters and Saddlers Beginners or Experienced

A one-day module which will look at Rider Balance and effects on saddle fit combined with making effective saddle adjustments.  The day will include analysing rider balance using the Mechanical Horse, recognising and achieving a good saddle fit in regard to recommended alterations and adjustments.

Cost Ex VAT:   SMS £140, BETA £160, Others £180. includes lunch and refreshments.

Contact the SMS office to book your place.  
01449 711642        enquiries@mastersaddlers.co.uk
Payment to be made on booking.


Flocking Courses

East Durham College (Tutor Chris Taylor)  30th & 31st May.  19th & 20th June.
Book direct with committee member Andrea Patterson.    01388 417170  
Price on application

Cirencester Saddlers (Tutor Laurence Pearman) 
16th – 18th April.     11th – 14th June.     13th – 16th August 
Book direct with Cirencester Saddlers.  01285 885454.  Price on application


Other courses arranged by outside bodies

Centaur Biomechanics
Two-day Equine Biomechanics Course
Back Biomechanics and Horse & Rider Interaction
(5 CPD points)

9th & 10th June and 20th & 21st October Warwickshire,
11th & 12th August, Woolcroft Saddlery, Wisbech

Using state of the art technology and bringing together some of the latest research into horse and rider interaction, our biomechanics courses are interactive, delivered in small groups. We combine both theory and practical sessions, all of which are supported by high speed videos taken from major events such as London 2012, Badminton, World Equestrian Games, and Europeans along with images from dissections.

Course Leaders:  Russell Guire and Mark Fisher

Cost £300 inc VAT.  Book direct with Centaur Biomechanics

www.centaurbiomechanics.co.uk/courses-and-dates    (Other courses also available)
Tel: 07788 978627 or email: info@centaurbiomechanics.co.uk


Horses Inside Out
Practical Anatomy and Biomechanics Course for Saddlers and Saddle Fitters  (5 CPD points)

Broomfield Hall Equestrian Centre, Derby College, Morley, DE7 6DN

Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th August

This course will look at practical aspects of applied biomechanics and anatomical principles of movement related to the horse’s back and head. It will take an in-depth look at the structure and function and relate it to way of going and saddle and bridle fit with a mix of theory and practical observation. It will look at common back problems experienced by horses and provide a great opportunity for discussion with like-minded saddle fitters.
The course is open to all fully qualified, practising and trainee saddlers, saddle fitters, saddle designers and saddle makers.

Course Leaders:  Gillian Higgins, Laurence Pearman and Andy Wheals

Cost: £300 including VAT.  Book direct with Horses Inside Out:

www.horsesinsideout.com   (Other courses also available)
Tel:  01159 212648 or email: Shirley@horsesinsideout.com


BETA First Aid Course

Equine specific and recommended for those who work around horses.
This course meets HSE requirements for workplace first aid provisions with the qualification lasting 3 years.
(4 CPD points)

4th July  Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
10th October Bridgewater, Somerset

BETA Members:  £45    SMS Members  £60
Book direct with BETA.  01937 587062    www.beta-org.uk
Others courses also available.  See their web site for full details.


Saddle Research Trust 3rd International Conference Horse, Rider, Saddlery Interactions: Welfare & Performance
(4 CPD points)

Nottingham University

Saturday 8th December 2018 

Advance tickets on sale now: 50% discount for SMS members until 30th April 2018
The SMS will be attending the 3rd Saddle Research Trust International Conference which is supported by World Horse Welfare. Building on the ground-breaking research and progress achieved since the inaugural conference in 2012, the latest research will be presented by world-renowned leading experts in their fields, including:

• Dr. Sue Dyson
• Professor Hilary Clayton
• Professor Pat Harris
• SRT Director, Dr. Anne Bondi
• Professor Lars Roepstorff
• Professor Renee Van Weeren
• Dr. Thilo Pfau
• Dr David Marlin

Plus Special Guests:
• Richard Davison
• Lucinda Green

Cost to SMS members until 30th April £75.  Full price £150.

Book direct through SRT web site: www.saddleresearchtrust.com/conference2018

Please note numbers are limited for most courses so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Places will be filled on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
Payment must be made when booking.