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As part of Abbey's continuing commitment to promoting quality in the Saddlery Trade, we list here some useful addresses where information on training in Saddlery and Harness Making can be obtained. If you are involved with a training course anywhere in the world and would like it listed here, please e-mail info@RidingBitz.com. Please forward your college/organisation name, address, contact details and a brief resume of what you offer. 

Name/Organisation: The Saddlery Training Centre
Contact name: Mark or Dawn Romain
Phone: 01722 341144
Fax: 01722 349669
E-mail:
info@saddlerytraining.co.uk
URL: http://www.saddlerytraining.co.uk
Address:14-17 The Malverns
               Cherry Orchard Lane
               Salisbury
               Wilts
               SP2 7JG

This new training facility now runs courses which were formally provided by the Countryside agency. The New Entrants Training Scheme and Open courses are being delivered on behalf of the Countryside Agency, but a far more flexible approach can now be adopted for candidates outside of rural England and abroad.

A full range of courses in Saddlery, Harness and Collar Making and Leatherworking are available.

Name/Organisation: Capel Manor College
Contact: Line Hanson
Phone: +44 (0) 20 8366 4442
E-mail
enquiries@capel.ac.uk
URL: www.capel.ac.uk
Address: Saddlery Dept
               Bullsmoor Lane
               Enfield
               Middlesex
               EN1 4RQ

Name/Organisation: Cumbria School of Saddlery
Contact name: David May
Phone: 01768 899919
E-mail:
davidmay@saddlerycourses.com
URL 1: http://www.saddlerycourses.com/
URL 2: http://www.leatherworkcourses.com/
Address: Redhills
               Penrith
               Cumbria
               CA11 0DT


Name/Organisation:
BETA - British Equestrian Trade Association
Phone: +44 (0) 1937 587 062
Fax: +44 (0) 1937 582 728
E-mail:
claire@beta-uk.org
URL: www.beta-uk.org
Address: Stockeld Park
               Wetherby
               Nr Wetherby
               West Yorkshire
               LS23 6LY


Name/Organisation: Walsall College of Arts & Technology
Phone: +44 (0) 1922 657000
Fax: +44 (0) 1922 657083
E-mail:
info@walcat.ac.uk
URL: www.walcat.ac.uk
Address: St Pauls Street Campus
               Walsall
               West Midlands
               WS1 1XN

Name/Organisation: Cambridge & District Saddlery Courses (International) Ltd.
Phone: +44 (0) 1284 700640
Fax: +44 (0) 1284 703404
Address: 31 St. John's Street
               Bury St Edmunds
               Suffolk
               IP33 1SN

Name/Organisation: Stifelsen Sadelmakeriskolan
Phone: +46 292 50187
Address:Garverivagen 6
               S0740 45
               Tarnsjo
               SWEDEN

Name/Organisation: Society of Master Saddlers (UK) Ltd
Contact: Hazel Morley
Phone: +44 (0) 1449 711642
Fax: +44 (0) 1449 711642
E-mail
master.saddlers@talk21.com
URL: www.mastersaddlers.com
Address: Green Lane Farm
               Stonham
               Suffolk
               IP14 5DS

Name/Organisation: Adult Studies Newbury College
Contact name: Mr Roger Dykes
Phone: +44 (0) 1635 845000
Fax: +44 (0) 1635 845312
E-mail:
info@newbury-college.ac.uk
URL: http://www.newbury-college.ac.uk/
Address: Monks Lane
               Newbury
               RG14 7TD

Name/Organisation: ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses)
Phone: 01953 498682
Fax: 01953 498373
E-mail:
ilph@ilph.org
URL: www.ilph.org
Address: Anne Colvin House
               Snetterton
               Norfolk
               NR16 2LR


Name/Organisation: Horse & Hounds
URL: http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/

Name/Organisation: Walsall Equestrian Society
E-mail:
info@walsall-equestrian-society.co.uk
URL: www.walsallequestrian.co.uk

Name/Organisation: Spokane Falls Community College
Contact name: Verlane Desgrange
Phone: 509-533-7332 Monday-Thursday 7:30 AM-2:30 PM Pacific time
E-mail, Oct - Mid June:
verlaned@sfcc.spokane.cc.wa.us
E-mail, summer or anytime: verlaned@aol.com
URL: http://www.sfcc.spokane.cc.wa.us
Address: Spokane Falls Community College
               Saddlemaking Program, MS 3190
               3410 West Fort George Wright Drive
               Spokane, WA 99204
               USA

This is an intensive 2 year college saddle making program taught by well known saddle maker Verlane Desgrange that focuses exclusively on making western saddles, designing and carving traditional western patterns, and fitting saddles and trees to horse and rider. Students are invited to join program any quarter: fall, winter, or spring. Upon completion, students are awarded an A.A.S. degree.

Leather manufacturers:

Name/Organisation: J & E Sedgwick & Co Ltd
Contact: Mr S Farrow
Phone: +44 (0) 1922 622390
Fax: +44 (0) 1922 724344
E-mail
sales@je-sedgwick.co.uk
URL: www.je-sedgwick.co.uk
Address: Reservoir Place
               Walsall
               Suffolk
               WS2 9RX

Name/Organisation: Clayton of Chesterfield
Contact: Mr R Birkin
Phone: +44 (0) 1246 232863
Fax: +44 (0) 1246 207807
E-mail
office@claytonleather.com
URL: www.claytonleather.com
Address: Joseph Clayton & Sons (Chesterfield)
                Ltd
               Clayton Street Tannery
               Chesterfield
               Derbyshire
               S41 0DU

Name/Organisation: Pittards Plc
Phone: +44 (0) 113 249 5737
Fax: +44 (0) 113 248 1812
E-mail:
leathergoods@pittards.com
URL: www.pittards.com
Address: Knowsthorpe Road
               Cross Green
               Leeds
               LS9 0NP

 Tree makers:

Name/Organisation: Lariot
Contact: Mr Ian Rea
Phone: +44 (0) 1922 456222
Fax: +44 (0) 1922 453330
E-mail:
enquiries@lariot.co.uk
URL: www.lariot.co.uk
Address: College Farm
               Bosty Lane
               Walsall
               W Midlands
               WS9 0LF

Disclaimer: Abbey Saddlery cannot guarantee the content or suitability of any course listed here. It is the responsibility of the individual to ascertain the level of training offered and any associated.

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