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'Dedicated family man' died in pony and trap crash 

'Dedicated family man' died in pony and trap crash

The family of a man, who died after the trap he was riding in was involved in a crash, has paid tribute to him.

Michael Bates, 41, from Potters Bar, died after the collision with a car on Lieutenant Ellis Way, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire on 1 October.

A woman in her 20s who was in the trap was also killed. The horse died at the scene.

Mr Bates' family said they had been "left totally devastated".

In a tribute, the father of two was described as "a dedicated family man", who worked on the family greengrocer stall in Wood Green.

The family said he was a "joker who loved having a laugh and would always help anyone who found themselves in trouble".

He was also said to have had a keen interest in horses, and spent his childhood driving horses with his father.

Hertfordshire Police has asked for anyone with information about the crash, which happened at about 19:10 BST, to come forward.

The woman driving the car involved, a Mazda, was not injured.

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Says Steve YandallThis sign is illegal

Equestrians are entitled to use this route - legally.
There are thousands of other illegal signs all over the country banning equestrians.

THEY MUST BE REMOVED

Horse charity launches Campaign to end suffering of tethered horses

Horse charity launches Campaign to end suffering of tethered horses

Horse welfare charity, HorseWorld have launched a campaign to end the cruel practice of tethering a horse for long periods of time. 

The Bristol-based rescue charity are often called by members of the public who are shocked, surprised and angered to see horses tethered by their necks using chains connected to metal stakes in the ground and left in unsuitable and dangerous locations. It is estimated that as many as 3,500 horses are tethered across the UK at any one time.

Horses are often left tethered on grass verges next to busy roads where they pose a danger to themselves, motorists and members of the public.  As tethering is currently legal, the charity is powerless to help the poor animals left in these conditions and are launching a campaign to change that.

Horse charity launches Campaign to end suffering of tethered horses

HorseWorld's Managing Director, Mark Owen commented "Some owners are able to leave their animals tied up long-term on the sides of roads, on wasteland or even busy roundabouts in miserable conditions without any fear of repercussion simply because the laws relating to tethering are too vague and open to interpretation.

"These horses can be seen out in all weather conditions with no shade or shelter. If tethered to or near a tree, the horse can become entangled and injure itself. If tethered in open ground, it has no way of avoiding the heat from the sun, wind, rain or flies. Any grazing a tethered horse has access to will quickly become churned up and contaminated with droppings as the horse cannot walk more than a few metres (its wild relatives will cover many miles in a day to forage). Many are left with no water and if they do have a bucket, the chain or rope they are tethered with quickly gets caught around it and pulls it over leaving them with nothing.

"Horses are herd animals, they need social interaction with other horses. Tethering denies the horse the freedom to behave naturally and it is very cruel to keep them in solitary confinement. A horse's instinct is that they are not safe on their own. Whilst chained to the ground, a frightened horse is denied the ability to run, the most basic instinct of a prey animal. Whilst tethering is not illegal, it is not recommended as a viable way to keep a horse and is not considered to be good practice. A tethered horse is unable to run, graze and be free to act and live as a horse naturally should. The long-term psychological effect of being restrained and isolated in this way day after day must be torture."

Horse charity launches Campaign to end suffering of tethered horses

In May 2015, HorseWorld rescued a mare who had been forced to go through the pain and discomfort of giving birth whilst being restrained by a chain which prevented her from moving around freely and frequently entangled her legs. She was also left without shelter or water for long periods of time and was trapped in the field with a stallion who had tried to attack her foal. She was restrained from protecting her own baby and was very distressed.

The mare and foal could be seized under the animal welfare act as the mare was showing signs of long-term neglect and the foal was in immediate danger of being injured. They were brought back to HorseWorld to begin their rehabilitation.

The mare was named Catena meaning 'chain' in Latin and the foal was named 'Salisbury' which is the location they were found. Catena's hooves were very overgrown and split. Her hinds had shoes on and her front feet still had clenches (nails) in where the shoes had been pulled off as the hooves grew. They were only able to be legally seized because of this neglect, not because Catena was tethered.

HorseWorld believe that long-term tethering is a restriction on the natural liberties of animals and it should be made illegal to tether horses long-term. The charity are launching a campaign to change the law called 'Break the Chain'.

Horse charity launches Campaign to end suffering of tethered horses

#BreakTheChain campaign is launching at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) on 5th October. The aim of the campaign is to change the law so it restricts the legal amount of time a horse, pony or donkey can be tethered to, at most, 24-hours. The campaign would also see a complete ban on tethering animals in unsafe locations such as roadsides, roundabouts and other public land that may pose a risk to both animal and the public and also enforce a policy which states: 'if your only recourse for keeping a horse is tethering, you should not be permitted to own that animal'

For more information about this campaign, you can visit the website www.BreakTheChain.org.uk

In the link above, you can send the following email to your MP (The website will automatically select the MP for your area using your postcode).

I have recently learned that as many as 3,500 horses are tethered across the UK at any one time. I have also learned that, despite some guidelines, a majority of these animals are tethered in unsuitable conditions with severe and often cruel restrictions of their natural freedoms. Moreover, these animals are often tethered in locations that put them and the public at risk, such as roundabouts or by busy roads.

The Government has committed to protecting the fundamental welfare of all animals with the Animal Welfare Act of 2006. Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act places a duty of care on the public to ensure they take reasonable steps, in all circumstances, to meet the welfare needs of their animals to the extent required by good practice.

Their fundamental welfare needs are as follows: need for a suitable environmentneed for a suitable diet need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns need to be housed with, or apart from other animals need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

I and many others believe that long-term tethering is a restriction on the natural liberties of animals and it should be made illegal to tether horses, donkeys, ponies and their hybrids for more than 24-hours.

Tethering often infringes on the animal's need for a suitable environment, the need to be able to socialise with other horses and it can often cause pain, suffering and psychological damage. In every case where a horse is tethered for an extended period of time it can seriously inhibit the horse's need to exhibit its normal behaviour; in short, to run, graze and be free to act and live as a horse naturally should.

This sentiment is not only supported by concerned individuals; in the 'Code of Practice for the Welfare of Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and Their Hybrids' (December 2017), published by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs, it states that 'tethering is not a suitable method of long-term management of an animal' (Annex 1: Tethering, p.32).

Where this Code of Practice does indeed provide guidelines and some recourse for those building a case against poor treatment of horses, it does not draw a clear legal line under what treatment is unacceptable.

I expect you find the cruel treatment of horses as upsetting as I do, but by not having more precise regulations around the practice we are allowing this cruelty to continue all over the UK.

As my MP, I ask you to use your position to: Write to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to urge him (The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP) to follow up on the values written in his department's report and implement a law change that restricts the legal amount of time a horse can be tethered to, at most, 24-hours. Urge him to put a complete ban on tethering animals in unsafe locations such as roadsides, roundabouts and other public land that may pose a risk to both animal and the public. Enforce a policy which states: 'if your only recourse for keeping a horse is tethering, you should not be permitted to own that animal'. It is time the UK took a firm stance against the unnecessary neglect and abuse horses face at the hands of unfit owners.

I hope I can count on your support on this vital issue and I look forward to receiving your response. Thank you for your time.

Visit www.BreakTheChain.org.uk to find out how to send the above email to your MP

Says Steve McCarron

What is the point of the OPEN SPACES SSteve McCarronOCIETY if it does not act to preserve open spaces ..............
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Horse 'swims' for art trail

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Temporary. What does it mean?

Temporary. What does it mean?Different inspectors have different meanings
For Chailey, it was 20-years.
For Chobham, it was six-months.
For Odiham, it was five-years x twice ......... read more

Yellow makeover to help horses see jumps in horserace trial

Yellow makeover to help horses see jumps in horserace trial
A study has shown the orange framework on the right-hand fence is actually seen as a shade of green by horses as in the left image

Fences and hurdles in British racing are set for a major makeover after it was discovered horses see the obstacles differently to humans.

At present, the framework for the jumps is painted orange but research has shown horses see the colour as a shade of green.

Horse racing authorities have now agreed to try fluorescent yellow and white markers to aid visibility.

A trial at training grounds will take place before any on-course changes.

Research at the University of Exeter - funded by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and Racing Foundation - showed horses adjusted their jump angles when orange was not used, with white tending to produce a longer total jump distance.

Ian Popham, a Grade One-winning former jockey who was involved in the research, said: "From riding over the different coloured fences it was clear to me that over some colours the horses reacted differently and showed the obstacle more respect.

"I'm sure other riders will feel the same and this feels like a great idea and opportunity to make the sport safer for both horses and jockeys."

What will the changes look like?

Yellow makeover to help horses see jumps in horserace trial
The BHA has decided to trial a mix of a yellow framework with white take-off boards

The BHA said horses cannot distinguish between as many colours as humans. The animals "differentiate objects in a palette of blues and yellows" and it is therefore hoped a change from orange on obstacles will "maximise visibility".

A trial using fluorescent yellow for hurdles and guard-rails with a fluorescent white for take-off boards at fences, will now take place at training venues in order to gather more data.

BHA figures show the rate in fallers at British races has declined by 29% since 2004 because of safety improvements.

David Sykes, director of equine health and welfare for the BHA, said: "As with the ongoing phased introduction of our padded hurdles - which have proven to reduce faller and injury rates - we will ensure we take our time with this project, make sure there are no unintended consequences and that the evidence of the ongoing trials continue to support the case for change.

"If that proves to be the case then we will look forward to seeing the new designs of hurdles and fences on racecourses, and hopefully further reducing our already declining faller rate."

Analysis

BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght

Welfare continues to be a major issue for the sport - more these days at the showpiece Cheltenham Festival following apparently successful alterations to the Grand National course - so this type of research showing that racing is being proactive on these matters is as important as it is - I think - fascinating.

For the time being, the changes are being trialled away from the racecourse, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before they're visible on track.

Horse versus human eye...

Yellow makeover to help horses see jumps in horserace trial
The image shows how a horse sees yellow colours (top)
versus the shade a human sees (bottom)

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Caroline PowellCaroline Powell 

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Horse industry applauds success of
NEHS Survey

Horse industry applauds success of NEHS Survey

In its eighth and final year the annual National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) has confirmed its importance as an accurate tracker of endemic equine disease in the UK. The results of the 2018 survey remain consistent with previous survey results, providing a clear sense of what continues to affect the health of British horses year on year, helping equine specialists to benchmark and educate on current and predicted equine health priorities.

Pioneered by national pet charity, Blue Cross, in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) NEHS's aim was to provide a landscape on horse health and welfare in the UK and the results over the years have certainly achieved this. 

Gemma Taylor, Education Officer at Blue Cross said: "Thanks to the loyal support of the UK's horse, pony, mule and donkey owners and keepers NEHS has achieved more than we ever imagined over the past eight years. 

"Our charity's history dates back to treating horses in WW1 and rescuing and rehabilitating hundreds to this very day. Blue Cross is extremely proud to have played an important part in developing NEHS into one of the most important endemic disease monitoring initiatives in the UK."

Leading equestrian organisations and riders have commended the value of the initiative. David Mountford, Chief Executive of BEVA said: "NEHS is now well recognised as an important benchmark for horse health and the results are cited regularly."

Gemma Stanford, Director of Welfare at the British Horse Society continued: "The BHS has been wholly supportive of this valuable survey since its inception. The information it has generated over the past eight years has been enlightening and gives all of us within the industry a valuable guide to the most significant endemic diseases affecting our horses today."

Mary King, Olympic three day eventer added: "The health and happiness of our equine population is of great importance to me, and Blue Cross's NEHS survey has helped us gain a true understanding of the state of our nation's horses to help improve their welfare."

NEHS was created in 2010 by Blue Cross, BEVA and Professor Josh Slater Professor of Equine Clinical Studies at the Royal Veterinary College and has been supported by the major UK equestrian organisations.

As a snapshot survey at community level NEHS has looked at the prevalence of the same disease syndromes during the same week of May every year. It has relied on survey feedback from thousands of UK horse owners and keepers and is the first time anyone has obtained data about what really affects the UK's horses from a community perspective.

The important information generated by NEHS has helped pinpoint trends in endemic equine diseases. The results are regularly referenced by vets and researchers as benchmarks for our general knowledge of horse health. The emerging patterns are now helping to steer equine awareness, education and research to help keep the nation's horses healthier.

This year a total of 5529 people took part and returned records for 13,873 horses. These figures are very similar to returns for previous years.

The results enable an initial breakdown into general disease syndromes and then a further breakdown into individual diseases. In each case the 2018 results for both were similar to previous years:

General disease syndromes

  1. Skin problems (33% of all syndromes recorded)
  2. Lameness including laminitis (29% of all syndromes recorded)
  3. Metabolic diseases (7.4% of all syndromes recorded)
  4. Respiratory diseases (7% of all syndromes recorded)
  5. Eye problems (6% of all syndromes recorded)

Individual disease syndromes

  1. Proximal limb (non foot) lameness (18.5% of all syndromes recorded)
  2. Laminitis (5.4% of all syndromes recorded)
  3. Mud fever (6.7% of all syndromes recorded)
  4. Sweet itch (7.3% of all syndromes recorded)
  5. PPID (Equine Cushing's Disease) (5.3% of all syndromes recorded)

Professor Josh Slater said:" NEHS is a gamechanger that has proved its worth and has changed the landscape for endemic equine disease surveillance. It has demonstrated that it's possible to collect data at this level and the consistency has shown that the data is reliable. We now have a solid foundation that we never had before which tells us with confidence what the common problems affecting UK horses are."

While NEHS has now finished, survey participants who have confirmed interest in pursuing further equine health initiatives will have the opportunity to take part in new and exciting projects in the future.

Supporters of NEHS include the British Horse Society, Horse Trust, Redwings, WHW and the Pony Club. Dodson and Horrell kindly supported the initiative by helping Blue Cross cover the costs of running the scheme.

Keeping our country side safe for walkers

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Says Sandra Smith

Says Sandra SmithThe speed required to ensure that a gate closes is greater than the velocity required to amputate a finger, crush a child or the head of a dog, trap a push or wheelchair, or – literally - tear a hole in the side of a horse ......... read more

Plea to Car Drivers!

Research shows hay-fed horses may have nutrition shortfall

Says Henrietta Forrest

CAR DRIVERS - PLEASE look at the size of me and my horse compared to this Ford Focus - we are the same length, a lot taller and we WEIGH OVER HALF A TON! You really don't ever want us to land on your windscreen there would not be much left of any of us!

What has prompted me to post this is I went for a hack tonight and met lots of cars two in particular going too fast on narrow country roads - the first one saw me giving the slow down signal and did just that so thank you. The other one saw me (I know you did because I heard your acceleration slow for a split second) then you picked up speed again and went past me at about 50-60mph at no more than 3ft away from us!

I would like to say to you please please read this - we riders train our horses to cope with cars, lorries and tractors and most of the time motorbikes. But a horse sees things you don't like cows, sheep, deer in the woods, poly bags stuck in hedges, shiny puddles - the list goes on. These things they can find scarier than your car!!!. If something spooks them they DON'T run forwards in a straight line they tend to shoot sideways INTO the open road and your car - because to them your car is less scary than whatever has scared them.

You might see a horse walking calmy down the road but if they get scared they can shoot sideways INTO YOUR PATH AT 54MPH - that is a fact. Drivers, please, whatever you think of horses on the road - slow down and give us space. We will thank you with a wave or smile and nod (any rider that doesn't bother to SHOULD).

We wear these flourescents not as a fashion statement, as lets face it who would, we are wearing them so that you see us in time and can slow down and then we all stay safe. So to the driver this evening who shot past us at that speed - enjoy your evening because if we had landed on your car none of us would ever enjoy anything ever again! Please pass us wide and slow then we all stay safe.

The BHS and Maureen Comber

How the BHS treats somebody who has been a loyal, dedicated and hard-working member for over 50 years.

DAY 1564

It is now 1564 days since the BHS shamefully dismissed Maureen Comber after more than 50-years of dedicated and hard-working service.

Maureen ComberStill no regret.

Still no sympathy.

Still no apology.

What is more they have still not paid her back the outstanding money they owe her.

How long can the BHS continue to behave in this disgraceful manner?

Other hard-working BHS members and volunteers beware. This is obviously the way you are going to be treated one day.

"We're backing Maureen"

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Maureen Comber was treated by the BHS

"Well. We all think BHS should apologise to Maureen Comber so there. You're outvoted."

"Well. We all think BHS should apologise to Maureen Comber so there. You're outvoted."

Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more

How our obsession with ever-smaller pets has seen Shetland ponies go from 'trendy' to neglected - with many suffering HELLISH existences before being abandoned in car parks across Britain

How our obsession with ever-smaller pets has seen Shetland ponies go from 'trendy' to neglected - with many suffering HELLISH existences before being abandoned in car parks across Britains

- These miniature Shetland ponies have been through seven circles of hell

- Many physically and mentally abused, some abandoned in water-logged fields

- Others spent years cooped up in suburban back gardens - neglected pets that had lost their novelty value

Details .........

Says Linda Wright

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

Ask Connolly's RED MILLS nutrition team!

Horse sired by world's most expensive stud becomes one of the most expensive colts ever as it sells for £3.5 million

EHorse sired by world's most expensive stud becomes one of the most expensive colts ever as it sells for £3.5 million

- The yearling's mother is Shastye, one of the world's most sought-after dams

- Irish team has snapped up the horse after facing off with Japanese trainer

- It is the joint second-highest priced cold ever sold in the whole of Europe

Details .....

Says Maureen ComberI have been given an ASBO by the Hampshire County Council for standing up for riders rights.

How many other people have been silenced by Hampshire County Council? ........... read more

Born with no legs: 'Look upon your abilities'.

"If I sit on a horse, I'm free". 

Born with no legs, Angelika Trabert is now a medal-winning Paralympian - and an anaesthetist. Her motto is "it's ability, not disability, that counts"

Says Sally Edwards and Jo WareFrensham Common, rrey

Official. The National Trust does not own or have any other interest on the common land apart from the burial mounds .............. read more

Equine charities at UN to highlight vital contribution of working horses, donkeys and mules in achieving UN Goals

Equine charities at UN to highlight vital contribution of working horses, donkeys and mules in achieving UN Goals
Photo left to right: Jessica Stark, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, World Horse Welfare, Roly Owers, CEO World Horse Welfare, Mike Baker, CEO, The Donkey Sanctuary, Ian Cawsey, UN Ambassador, The Donkey Sanctuary, Valentina Riva, Advocacy Manager, The Donkey Sanctuary.

The Donkey Sanctuary and World Horse Welfare held high-level talks at the UN General Assembly this week to highlight the vital contribution of working horses, donkeys and mules in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - and therefore greater emphasis must be placed on their health and welfare.

The leading equine welfare charities held meetings with member states, UN Departments and other civil society partners to establish a core team of UN Member States, networks and organisations to help champion the importance of horses, donkeys and mules to the livelihoods of 600 million people worldwide and the need to provide better support for their health and welfare. 

The Donkey Sanctuary CEO, Mike Baker, explains:

"This is an exciting development in our UN engagement; the General Assembly is the large forum where governments from across the world meet together to thrash out issues. We are there to ensure the voices of millions of donkeys, mules and horses do not go unheard."

The UN SDGs are a bold commitment to end hunger, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Projects are aimed at eliminating poverty worldwide as well as ensuring access to clean water, sanitation and decent work opportunities to encourage economic growth. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which applied only to the developing world. These new goals run from 2015 to 2030 and are due for review in 2019 when the agenda for work over the next five years will be set. Ian Cawsey, The Donkey Sanctuary UN Ambassador, said:

"This year advocacy teams at The Donkey Sanctuary and World Horse Welfare have worked together to show how the bold ambitions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be assisted by working with communities to care for and protect their working animals. We all want less poverty and less hunger but we are showing that improving the welfare of the working donkeys, mules and horses is not an optional extra but an integral part of making that happen."

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, added:

"We are delighted that so many countries where working equines are visible immediately recognised their value to the SDG's once we highlighted the link.  They know that for many of the poorest communities, the only way to sustain their families is through the transport and traction provided by their horses, donkeys or mules.  Better caring for these animals to protect their ability to make a living, earn more and access water and markets for their goods, as well as education for their children, is therefore essential for sustainable development to take place."

Mike Baker confirmed:

"This is a crucial time and a fantastic opportunity for us. It is only recently the UN General Assembly for the first time agreed language on the need to protect working animals which was a fantastic step forward. Now we have to persuade them to turn words into action and we will work tirelessly to ensure donkeys, mules and horses everywhere have their voices heard as we work with our partners to make this a reality."

During a lunch hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development at the UN headquarters in New York, The Donkey Sanctuary CEO Mike Baker and World Horse Welfare CEO Roly Owers greeted guests from across the UN, Africa and civil society organisations Others at the lunch included UNDESA, UN diplomats from Senegal, Kenya, Nigeria, and Egypt, plus representatives from the UN Food and Agriculture Cluster, the Tellus Institute, the Stakeholder Forum, Thinking Animals United and CIVICUS. Felix Dodds from the University of North Carolina said:

"Development aspirations of SDGs will not be realised if animals are not part of the equation."

After all the meetings, Mike Baker concluded:

"We share a passion with our colleagues at World Horse Welfare to ensure as many working donkeys, horses and mules as possible get the care and welfare they need. We deliver that ourselves every day to thousands of equids but across the world there are many millions who need more protection. We cannot do this alone. We need to persuade others that this is something they should do and moreover it is in their interest to do. What was striking in our meetings at the UN was whilst people agreed with us they had not really considered the issue previously and wanted to learn more. So there is an opportunity and we will be following up these very encouraging conversations to build the partnerships that can build a better world for working equids far beyond the limitations of our own organisations." 

Equine charities at UN to highlight vital contribution of working horses, donkeys and mules in achieving UN Goals

Says Tony BarnettGATES OR STILE’S WILL ONLY BE LAWFUL AS LONG AS THE REASONS FOR THE INSTALLATIONS ARE SERVING THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THEY WERE INTENDED.

ANY STOPPING UP OR CLOSING OFF OF RIGHTS OF WAY SHOULD BE CHALLENGED FOR APPROVAL/CONSENT FROM THE APPROPRIATE MINISTER OF THE CROWN ........... read more

Sean Jeffs receives ' Master Saddle Maker' title

Sean Jeffs receives ' Master Saddle Maker' title

A prestigious new category recognising the considerable skill and knowledge held by saddlers throughout Walsall has gained its first recipient.

The Society of Master Saddlers' 'Master Saddle Maker' title has been awarded to longstanding industry expert, Sean Jeffs of Vale Brothers.

Sean has worked for the Walsall-based business for 11 years after they bought the Harry Dabbs saddlery brand where he had been employed for many years previously.

Now factory manager at Vale Brothers, Sean has spent much of his working life as a bench saddler and is also an SMS Qualified Saddle Fitter.

As a specialist in the design and manufacture of saddles. Sean was keen to gain the Master Saddle Maker qualification which involves a five hour trade test for the candidate to demonstrate the necessary saddle making skills and gain the SMS Flocking qualification.

In gaining the Master Saddle Maker title, Sean was required to make one saddle and to part complete a second saddle at an approved test centre.

 "I am delighted to be the first Walsall-based saddle to gain the standard and would encourage all other bench saddlers to work towards taking the test," said Sean.

"It really does demonstrate our commitment to the industry, the skills and knowledge that we have gained over many years and is something we should be very proud to achieve.

"As part of the Society of Master Saddlers' efforts to work more closely with the skilled craftspeople of Walsall everyone with the necessary skills and experience should be looking to achieve the Master Saddle Maker title."

Adds Society of Master Saddlers' Chief Executive, Hazel Morley: "After his many years' experience in the saddlery world and especially as a very knowledgeable bench saddler focused on making saddles, Sean is a very worthy first recipient of the status.

"The initial idea behind the category was to reward and recognise those saddlers who focus mainly on saddles rather than across all saddlery including bridles and other leather work.

"We would be delighted to hear from saddlers wanting to take the test and who feel they fulfil the criteria."

For more information visit www.mastersaddlers.co.uk or contact The Society of Master Saddlers on 01449 711642.   

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