This years National Saddlery Competition took place in February 2019.
This year, I entered four separate items into the following class categories:
- Class 2b: Level 3 In-hand Stallion Bridle
- Class 3a: Level 2 Trainee Saddle
- Class 5: Special Open Class – Dressage Stirrup Leathers
- Class 13: The President’s Choice
One of the category’s, ‘The President’s Choice’, was displayed at BETA International during the 19th – 21st January 2019, so that the public could vote for their favourite.
Can you spot mine amongst the other fantastic box work displayed?
On Monday 4th February, my husband and I embarked on our 3.5-hour car journey down to London.
We got there, had a meander around, and looked at all the entries including mine.
There was some stunning work completed by trainee’s, qualified and Master Saddlers.
The prize winners were distinguished by a brown tag that hung from the item and said ‘Prize Winner’, however, we didn’t know what prize it had won until the presentation later on.
Sadly, none of my entries had a ‘prize winner’ label on them, but the two trainee entries (class 2b and class 3a) had a feedback form which proved to be useful for any future entries I enter.
Food and Drink
Once the presentation is over with, photographs of the prize winners are taken whilst the rest of us get offered a drink, or two; all free, of course, which is a bonus.
Then when all photograph’s are completed the buffet is opened, and in my experience this is the next best thing to winning a prize because the food provided is wonderful.
Note to self ‘Must take a picture of the buffet next time’ 🙂
The rest of the evening was spent catching up with Mentors, Masters and all other fellow Saddlers.
Such an enjoyable experience and one I intend to enter again and again.
Just got to wait for the Society of Masters Saddlers to issue the 2020 competition schedule now.