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Equestrian Activities

Without horses and without riders there would be no need for saddles: a healthy saddlery industry therefore demands a strong interest in equestrianism.

Since the horse gave way to the motor car as a means of transport, the Company has presented, with the advice of the British Equestrian Federation, an increasing number of saddles, bridles and cash vouchers of varying value for a wide range of equestrian competitions, including point-to-points, show jumping, dressage, vaulting, endurance riding, horse trials, riding club events, schools and universities polo and - of course - Pony Club competitions.

Equestrian Results

 

Eventing
Eventing

The Company does its best to ensure that its prizes and vouchers are won by the younger, unsponsored, competitors rather than the gladiators, who have rewards heaped on them in the cause of advertising commercial products.

The Company also subsidises the training of young riders on courses run by the British Horse Society and the British Show Jumping Association, as well as encouraging the training of instructors and judges in all equestrian disciplines.

Support for the work of the British Horse Society extends particularly to its Safety Committee, its bridle-path project and to those initiatives concerned with providing opportunities for riding to young people in inner-city areas and for the disabled.

The Company strives to spread awareness of the importance of well-made, good quality equipment for all those who take part in what will always be a sport with an element of risk.

The Prime Warden presenting a saddle at the Badminton Horse Trials

Following its long-standing connections with the mounted units of the Army, the Company supports equestrian sport in the Armed Services through presenting prizes at horse shows and other events, and in sponsoring the Combined Services Equitation Association (CSEA). The Company's annual training grant to the CSEA is used to train Services' equestrian instructors and award prizes to up and coming military equestrians.

 

Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne (A Yeoman Saddler) and 'Doublet', 1970
Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne (The Master of the Saddlers' Company) and 'Doublet', 1970

The Prime Warden presenting a bridle at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment at Bodney Camp