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SMS Events 2020

All our courses below have been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Please contact the SMS office for up to date information

We have a full and varied diary of events running in 2020 to appeal to all areas of our membership

13th March    Restoration Techniques            The Saddlery Training

Introductory Saddle Fitting Course                  
4th & 5th April     
15th & 16th ‘April    Moulton College       
27th & 28th April    Netherlands

25th April    Introductory Bridle Fitting Course        DATR Headquarters       
(Autumn Date & venue TBC if sufficient numbers)        Melton Mowbray

4th May        Different Tools for Different Jobs        Cirencester Saddlers
21st -25th  June  Qualified Saddle Fitters’ Course          Moulton College

4th July        Advanced Bridle Techniques        Capel Manor College
Summer    Practical two day saddle fitting module    TBC

17th August    QSF Refresher Day                Rodbaston Campus, 
South Staffordshire College                                 

18th August    Trees for Breeds (Practical)            Rodbaston Campus,
South Staffordshire College                            

25th- 27th 
August  Qualified Bridle Fitting Course        Moulton College

10th Sept    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING        Household Cavalry
Mounted Regiment

14th October    Leather Carving                Saddlers Den, Merseyside      
Date TBC     Trade Tips from Walsall            Walsall

Contact the SMS office to book your place on each of the events
(Limited availability on some modules so book early to avoid disappointment)
01449 711642        enquiries@mastersaddlers.co.uk

Saddlers’ one-day CPD modules

General Restoration Techniques

The Saddlery Training Centre, Glenmore Business Park, Salisbury, SP2 7GH

Friday 13th March, 10.30am

The day will include (but not be limited to) zips, locks, handles and repairs.

Lecturer:  Chris Taylor and Mark Romain

Cost:  £65 + VAT     Bring a packed lunch.  Light refreshments provided (Members only)


Tools Module – ‘Different Tools for Different Jobs’

Cirencester Saddlers, The Old Kennels Workshop, Cirencester, GL7 1UR

Monday 4th May, 10.30am

The day will cover alternative working techniques and tool sharpening including:

•    making the most out of your tools
•    alternative methods for hidden stitching and raised and rolled work
•    making a leather strop
•    demonstration of electric sharpeners
•    health and safety (how not to lose a finger!)

Lecturers:  Mark Romain and Laurence Pearman

Cost:  £65 + VAT     Bring a packed lunch.  Light refreshments provided (Members only)


Advanced Bridle Techniques for bridle & harness

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

Saturday 4th July, 10.00am

A day for saddlers to improve the quality and finish of their work including:

•    improving finishing
•    improving stitching
•    embellishment techniques
•    selecting materials

Lecturer:  Frances Roche

Cost:  £65 + VAT     Canteen on the premises.  Light refreshments provided


Leather Carving

(Back by popular demand!)

Saddlers Den, 60 Norwood Avenue, Southport, Merseyside PR9 7EQ

Wednesday 14th October – 10.30am

•    Preparation of leather prior to tooling
•    Identification of tools and their uses
•    Tracing and transfer of designs to leather
•    Carving and stamping techniques

Lecturer:  Chris Taylor

Cost:  £65 + VAT     Bring a packed lunch.  Light refreshments provided


Trade Tips from Walsall

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

Date to be confirmed

Trade tips for saddle makers and bridle makers:

•    Sewing machine techniques
•    Improving your speed:
o    Preparing – edge, stain, creasing, marking out
o    Hand stitching – demonstration of bridle stitching
•    Economic and appropriate cutting 
•    Streamlining your processes
•    Tour of manufacturing process

      Cost:  £65 + VAT     Bring a packed lunch.  Light refreshments provided (Members only)


Bridle Fitting

Introductory Bridle Fitting Course

Saturday 25th April  (Waiting list in operation)

DATR Headquarters, Melton Mowbray

One day course covering theory and practical lectures on measuring and fitting bridles and different styles, including lorinery and horse’s head anatomy.  Mandatory for those wishing to advance to the Qualified Bridle Fitters’ Course.


Qualified Bridle Fitting Course

25th – 27th August

    Course held at Moulton College

Open to those with three years’ experience in bridle fitting and who have attended the Society’s Introductory Bridle Fitting Course.

Email the office for further details and a copy of the qualification handbook


SMS Annual General Meeting

Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, Hyde Park Barracks, London

10th September 2020


In the past the following modules have run:

Sewing Machine Maintenance

Harness Fitting Day

Whips Repairs and Attaching Lashes

We will be happy to put on these days again. 
Please contact the office to register your interest and we will arrange a day if sufficient bookings are received


Saddle Fitting Courses

Introductory Saddle Fitting Course

The Pitsford Centre, Moulton College,         15th & 16th April and
26th & 27th October
Stoneleigh Equine, Clear Spring, MD, USA    4th & 5th April
Hippisch Centrum Montfort, Netherlands        27th & 28th April

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.


Qualified Saddle Fitters’ Course

21st - 25th June 2020

Moulton College, Northants
(Waiting List in operation)

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


Two Day Practical Saddle Fitting

Summer 2020
Venue and date to be confirmed

This ‘hands on’ two-day module looks to fine tune the skills fitters are learning whilst under supervision with SMS lecturers & assessors. In small groups you will first assess static saddle fit before progressing to full ridden saddle fit assessments.

Further Details available on request


Qualified Saddle Fitters’ Refresher Day

Monday 17th August

Rodbaston Hall, Rodbaston Campus, South Staffordshire College
Penkridge, Staffs, ST19 5PH

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


Trees for Breeds (Practical)

Tuesday 18th August

Rodbaston Hall, South Staff College, Penkridge, Staffs, ST19 5PH

A practical day with horses focussing 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.

Cost: Member's price £140 + VAT    Lunch included.


Flocking Courses

All flocking courses are run by individual providers.  Please book courses direct with provider:

Cirencester Saddlers: 01285 885454.  www.cirencestersaddlers.co.uk/

Woolcroft Equine Services: 01945 588333 and    www.woolcroftequineservices.co.uk 

Saddler's Den:  01704 228370 and     www.saddlersden.co.uk

George MacEachran Master Saddler:  07929 947996 and     www.uksaddlery.com

Saddlery Training Scotland:  01896 750004 and     www.saddlerytrainingscotland.com

See SMS website for Qualification handbook. On menu bar go to “Training” then drop down to “Courses”  find “Basic Saddle Flocking Course” and click on the Qualification Handbook link at the bottom of the page.