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.
City & Guilds Saddlery Qualification
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’.
There I could showcase what I did and hope to get some practical experience from people wanting repairs doing.
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.
The Lady Saddler
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.
Social Media Presence
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 go here: