Nicola Watson
Side Saddle Making & Resoration
Conservation , Leather Work & Saddlery
QEST Saddlers' Company Scholar
Spring | 2013

Based in East Sussex, for the past twenty years Master Saddler Nicola Watson has practised as a saddler and bridle maker. She repairs, restores and manufactures bespoke saddlery and bridlework, as well as most leathergoods including hand-stitched belts, watch straps, bags, cases, dog collars and leads. She also enjoys refurbishing antiques such as gun cases and luggage. Nicola is passionate about side saddle riding and her scholarship enabled her to become a side saddle specialist by supporting her to attend courses led by the semi-retired and much in demand Richard Godden.

Nicola is currently making a range of new side saddles to fulfil an increasing demand, and hopes to have a good selection of new and old side saddles available for sale or hire in the future. She received a Premium Award for Excellence of Craftsmanship in the side saddles class at the Annual Society of Master Saddlers' National Competition 2014.