Emma Hamilton

2018 QEST Saddlers’ Company Apprenticeship - Saddle & bridle making

Emma’s passion for horses led her to obtain qualifications in horse care, lorinery science, and a BSc. in equine science. After graduating from university, she discovered saddlery and bridle making which allow her to combine her passion for horses with her craft skills. After completing her level 1 bridle examination in 2018, she approached Master Saddler Laura Simpson-Nickel at Amayzing Saddlery in Linwood who offered Emma part-time work.

The QEST Saddlers’ Company Apprenticeship means that Emma can be employed full time, with three days a week dedicated to training in saddle fitting and bridle making. She has begun making and fitting custom bridles for clients as well as repairing a variety of leather items. Emma has attended courses including saddle fitting, flocking and bitting and during her apprenticeship, will complete further courses and examinations at the Saddlery Training Centre that will allow her to become a Qualified Saddler.

During my three years with Laura, I will also shadow an equine physiotherapist and biomechanics specialist to gain insights that I can apply to saddle making and fitting, and I hope to use my Equine Science degree and creative design skills to contribute to advancements in saddlery.