Master Saddler Lisa Hoskins from Kington Magna won the prestigious Open Bridle class for a Bridle suitable for Cross-Country riding.
“To win at the National Saddlery Competition is always a great achievement, something to be proud of after all the work and effort” said Lisa “I love making bridles, especially ones with ‘bling’ browbands!”
Hard work and high standards
The Award recognises those who uphold the highest standards of leathercraft skills. Lisa has won the Open Bridle Class of the National Saddlery Competition three times, and has also won The Alf Batchelor Award for Best Piece of Bridlework. Recently, she has judged at the competition too.
Not just saddles.
As a Master Saddler and Qualified Saddle Fitter, Lisa’s work varies hugely from making a dog collar to fitting and flocking saddles and putting zips in boots. Lisa enjoys her trade, but confesses that saddle fitting is among her favourites. “It gets me out of the workshop, and I get to meet some lovely people and horses; many clients have become good friends.”