Joanna Murphy

2017 QEST Alborada Trust Apprentice - Saddlery

Joanna’s passion for horses led to her interest in saddle making as she became increasingly aware of the importance of a well fitted and well made saddle for a horses’s physical strength and support. Having previously trained through the Society of Master Saddlers, Joanna approached master saddle fitter and QEST Scholar Clare Barnett at Bearhouse Saddlery, to undertake an apprenticeship in saddlery supported by QEST.

During her apprenticeship Joanna is working towards being a master saddler and saddle fitter, learning how to make all items of leather tack and saddlery in order to be able to fit saddles to various horses and allow the horse to perform to its best ability.

Joanna has a keen interest in learning traditional leather craft and wants to use this knowledge to create modern products of a high standard that are relevant to competitive riding and showcase traditional, quality craftsmanship. She intends to create well-crafted saddles that consider the horse’s welfare first and foremost in order to allow both horse and rider to perform at their best.