While Karley Brown took home the Alf Batchelor Memorial Trophy, for the best bridlework for her entry in the open bridle class.
The Side Saddle Association Trophy for the best side saddle went to a delighted Susan Slade, while The President’s Choice class, with the subject ‘any leather item with an aviation theme’ was awarded to Tiffany Parkinson for her Red Fokker. The theme was chosen by the President of The Society of Master Saddlers’ Ken Lyndon-Dykes who is well known for his passion for the world of aviation.
During the awards evening a Society of Master Saddlers’ Fellowship was awarded to a delighted Laurence Pearman.
Said Society of Master Saddlers’ Chief Executive Hazel Morley during the presentation:
“This goes to a man who has saddlery running through his veins. He is one of only a handful of people who have served as President on two occasions, in 2004 and 2012.
“Laurence is a Liveryman of the Saddlers’ Company, Chairman of the South West Region of the SMS and gives up his time to sit on many committees to help develop saddlery and saddle fitting.
“He is a great supporter of the apprenticeships having trained many of them over the years. He regularly lectures and assesses for the Society’s saddle fitting course as well as assisting with the saddlery skill assessments and flocking qualification.”
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