Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 by Sarah Wild
Lydia Newsome and Laurence Pearman of Cirencester Saddlers scooped a top award at this year’s Society of Master Saddlers’ National Saddlery Competition.
The event, which continues to be hugely popular, is supported by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers and is held at the Saddlers’ Hall in London.
Lydia and Laurence took the honours in the Master and Apprentice class with their joint efforts taking the top award after judges chose their superbly made Decorative Brow Band made by Lydia as the apprentice and Plain Headpiece, made by Master Saddler, Laurence as the winning entry.
Said Lydia: “I very much enjoyed making the brow band and it is great to win at the national competition and work with Laurence on the project.”
At the start of the evening Society of Master Saddlers’ President, Sue Norton said: “The national competition is always a fabulous occasion with so many wonderful entrants.
“I have been blown away by the brilliant entries in the President’s Choice class to make a leather toy for a boy of any age. Both the craftsmanship and number of entrants have just been amazing.”
Gratefully supported by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers, Abbey England, Osborne Tools, Cribbs Carriage Masters, Tandy Leather and Musto, the competition awards ceremony was followed by an evening reception which attracted many of the leading names from the saddlery and equestrian world.