Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Updated: Apprenticeship Opportunity: Train to become a SMART Saddle Maker!


Apprenticeship opportunity at saddlery workshop near Worksop, Derbyshire:

Level 2 Leather Craftsperson and/or Level 3 Bespoke Saddler 

£4.15 per hour / 36 hours per week

Ø  Level 2 = 15 months duration leading to full time, permanent employment

Ø  Level 3 = 24 months duration leading to full time, permanent employment

About the company

Established in 2006, Solution Saddles has developed the patented SMART saddle range to meet the needs of horses and riders across the UK and internationally. Each SMART saddle is carefully handcrafted out of premium leathers and materials by our small, friendly team of skilled saddle makers. Following a period of continued growth, Solution Saddles are looking to expand this team, offering a fantastic opportunity with excellent long-term prospects. In partnership with Haddon Training Ltd and The Saddlery Training Centre Ltd, the combination of on-the-job training and classroom-based learning will help you to develop a wide range of skills throughout your apprenticeship to become a bespoke saddle maker.

Key duties include:

·         using patterns to measure and cut pieces of leather
·         stitching pieces of leather by hand and machine
·         adding straps and fittings
·         staining leather
·         assessing different hides of leather for quality and suitability
·         cleaning finished products
·         minor repair work

Due to the rural location of our small workshop, it is essential that applicants have access to their own transport as there are no connections to public transport from our premises.

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

To apply:

Send your CV and covering letter to Applications close 24th January 2021. Immediate start.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Monday, 7 December 2020

SMART YouTube Competition - your chance to win some great SMART prizes!


Would you like to win some great SMART 

goodies for 2021

~ simply share your SMART Saddle Vlog!

How to enter: 

1 - Create your SMART review 'vlog' - this should be a video, between 30 seconds and 2 minutes in duration, which can include still images, video clips and voiceovers - all about your SMART saddle!

Here are some ideas that you might like to include in your video: 

  • Your favourite SMART saddle feature 

  • Which SMART saddle you chose and why? 

  • How has your SMART Saddle helped you and your horse? 

  • Interesting or unique reasons why your SMART saddle is so important to you and your horse(s)
  • A 'Before & After' feature

2 - Upload your SMART review to YouTube (step-by-step guide available here)

3 – Don’t forget to add the following #hashtags:

#SMARTSaddles #SolutionSaddles #SMARTReview #TreelessSaddles 
~plus, any others of your choice!

4 - Email your video link to: to confirm your entry 

Don't forget to take care when filming around horses
- safety never takes a holiday! 
The winner will receive:
  • SMART Base Layer and Hat Silk
  • SMART Fly Veil
  • SMART Deluxe Saddle Cover
  • SMART Colour Collection Saddle Cloth of their choice
  • SMART Leather Care Kit
  • £50 SMART Gift Voucher

Two runners up will receive:
  • SMART Fly Veil
  • SMART Colour Collection saddle cloth of their choice
  • SMART Leather Care Kit

T&Cs: Entries close midnight (GMT) Sunday 10th January 2021. Under-16s must have permission from a parent/guardian to enter the competition and, similarly, please keep all content 'family friendly' (i.e. no swearing). One entry per saddle per person. The specified 'hashtags' must be used for a video to qualify. A cost-price shipping fee will be charged for delivery of prizes to any overseas winners. Winners will be announced before the end of January 2021, with prizes shipped shortly after.

E-mail the link to your entry to