I started Cheshire Saddler in 2017. The reason I started Cheshire saddler was because I realised there was a high demand for bespoke leather goods and leather repairs in my local area. I started to realise this when I was about 14 as my horse used to break all his tack. This meant i had to keep buying new tack for him, however because I knew there was no one in the area to repair leather items i would buy cheap and buy twice, or three or four times. When I was 16 i left school and went to Reaseheath College. I stayed for a year and got a qualification in level 3 horse care. After college I started a freelance grooming, I had lots of jobs in the local area but I wasn’t happy doing it full time. This is when I realised I wanted to start my training in leather work.
I started doing short courses with Cumbria School of Saddlery run by David May in Shropshire. My first course was re-flocking, I learnt the parts of the saddle, how to take it apart, take the old flock out, put new in and also put the saddle back together. After this course I bought cheap saddles from markets to practice on. A few months later I attended another course with David May, this time bridlework part 1. In this course I learnt all the basic skills about leather, how to prepare leather and how to stitch leather. Once I had completed this course i started to make and sell dog collars.
Another few months later after this course I attended bridlework part 2. On this course my skills were expanded and I made my first bridle. As well as making my first bridle I also learnt new skills such has rolled leather and padded leather items. After this course I attended my final course with David, safe repairs. On this course taught me how to do safe repairs to leather items. Some example of repairs I learnt were to riding boots, stitching saddle flaps back together and replacing broken buckles on bridles.
During the mix of these short courses i attended a one day course at The Saddle Company. This day showed me how to basic fit there saddle, how to alter there saddles and also different options of there saddles. By going on this day I am now able to fit there saddles and give advice about them.
After I completed all these short courses i fully set up Cheshire Saddler as my full time job.