27.03.17 Peter Dias

Young harness maker scoops awards


The Society of Master Saddlers’ National Saddlery Awards took place on Tuesday 7th February 2017.

Our apprentice Kirsty Thomson did exceptionally well in the competition and her prizes are listed below. She was privileged to receive her awards from the Master of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, HRH The Princess Royal GCVO.

  • First place with Frances Roche of The Royal Mews – Master and apprentice – Hunting breastplate and running martingale attachment (pictured below with Prime Warden John Robinson)
  • First place for her in-hand stallion show bridle conforming to Level 3 City and Guilds Skills Assessment specification for those in year three and four of their training.
  • Second place in the intermediate bridle class for those with not more than seven years’ experience for a pair of plaited reins
  • Third place in a special open class for her butterfly lead rein
  • Second place in the open harness class for a full breeching. For this entry she also won the Tony Byrne Memorial Trophy for the best harness entry by an apprentice or trainee, and the Les Coker Millennium Trophy for best entry by an apprentice.

Congratulations, Kirsty.