The Saddler's Workshop
Susan Elizabeth Slade
Meticulous Award winning craftsmanship
Master Saddler BH
Master Harness Maker
Qualified Saddle Fitter
Master Bridle Maker
Susan Elizabeth Slade
Master Saddler & Harness Maker, Master Bridle Maker
Susan attended the Cordwainer's College in London, gaining The Cordwainers Diploma in Saddlery Studies and City & Guilds Saddlery Skills qualifications. She was also the first student to be awarded the Worshipful Company of Saddlers Gold Medal for the most outstanding student of the year. Susan also received a Bursary award from the Worshipful Company of Coach Makers and Coach Harness Makers, and acceptance to the Guild of Master Craftsman with Distinction.
On leaving Cordwainer's, Susan worked in Germany under the guidance of Sattlermeister Horst Olderdissen at the Sattlerei Janitschke Bielefeld, before returning to Liss in Hampshire to establish 'The Saddlers Workshop' in 1993.
Susan served on the Society of Master Saddlers Executive Committee for several years, and was on the sub committee that put together the original Bridle Fitting Qualification. Susan was also an Assessor for the City & Guilds Saddlery Skills Assessment Examinations and occasional Judge at the National Saddlery Competition.
Susan continues her professional development by attending various courses held throughout the year by The Society of Master Saddlers and other Equestrian related organisations
Susan Slade is a Master Saddler and Harness Maker and Master Bridle maker, as well as being a Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter. Susan also holds the British Horse Society Assistant Instructors Certificate.
Susan has been riding since the age of nine and rides whenever time allows, especially riding sidesaddle when she can She has ridden horses of numerous different types and breeds. Susan also has a broad experience in many other equestrian spheres, including carriage driving and High Goal Polo.
In her spare time, she enjoys walking with her flat-coated retriever Rueben, who will often accompany her on saddle fittings or in the workshop, where he greets visitors with enthusiasm.
The Rider & Master Saddler