Today is the day that my business ‘The Lady Saddler’ turns two years old.
After completing a basic leatherwork course in April 2015, and a further two more intermediate level courses in August 2015 I quickly fell in love with the idea of working with leather.
I eventually enrolled onto a self-funded Adult Training Scheme via the Saddlery Training Centre in May 2016 where I was to learn and be assessed on how to make saddlery to a City & Guilds Level 2 and Level 3 standard.
I knew I needed to gain practical experience in order to improve on my skills and technique so I set up a social media account on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram under the name ‘Boyden Saddlers’where I could showcase what I did and hope to get some practical experience from people wanting repairs doing.
It worked! I got bridles in for some stitching repairs to broken buckles or nosebands where the padding was coming away, I would repair broken clips on headcollars and restitch saddle flaps back together.
Quickly it became apparent that my ‘Boyden Saddler’ name sounded too masculine and so it was suggested I look for a new name. After several weeks and many conversations later with friends, family, and other business owners it was decided ‘The Lady Saddler’ sounded much better.
1st September 2016 I launched The Lady Saddler website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and the rest they say is history.
Since launch I have passed both my Level 2 and Level 3 Bridle Making exams as well as recently passing my Level 2 Saddle Making exam. I have undertaken a Bridle fitting course and attended a week-long Advanced Bridle Techniques course.
My social media presence has modestly increased from nothing to:
- Facebook = 950 likes
- Instagram = 880 followers
- Twitter = 778 followers
My main three goals for the next 12 months are as follows:
- Launch a made to measure bridle make and fit service, covering Staffordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and the Black Country.
- Increase my social media presence by 100%
- Launch an equestrian-themed bag and purse collection.
I hope you will join me on this journey, if you have not yet joined me on my social media platforms then please do here: