Clair Rivers-Boyden

2020 QEST Saddlers’ Company Scholar - Bridle Making

Following a 20 year career in the corporate industry, Clair retrained as a bench saddler at The Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury. She is now an award-winning qualified saddler, specialising in handmade bespoke bridles created using the finest of British materials, and her goal is to become a master bridlemaker, qualified bridle fitter and an all-round educator within the next three years.

The QEST Scholarship will enable Clair to advance her bridle making skills and gain field experience in bridle fitting with a master saddler, in preparation for undertaking the City & Guilds Certificate in Bridle Fitting and Measuring.  The training will also improve her opportunities to deliver 1:1 consultations, public awareness, demonstrations and educational workshops on correct methods of bit and bridle fitting. Finally, her life-long ambition is to train and mentor the next generation of bench saddlers in the design, manufacture and fitting of bespoke bridlework.

Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.