Chloe Rutherford founded Three Shires Saddlery & Harness in Cambridgeshire, aged 19, whilst studying for the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Diploma in Saddle, Harness & Bridle Making at Capel Manor College. She specialises in hand-stitched, bespoke leatherwork and customers include Royal Warrant holder Bennington Carriages.
The QEST Leathersellers’ Company Scholarship will enable Chloe, a Registered Trainee of the Society of Master Saddlers, to become a Qualified Saddler & Harness Maker. She will take courses at The Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury, including advanced bridlework, saddle making and flocking, and City & Guilds Level 3 Skills Assessments.
“I became captivated by old leatherwork whilst renovating a vintage carriage driving harness for indoor tandem champion Liz Harcombe; a course in the endangered craft of collar making with John McDonald will help me continue this line of work too.”