AFTER the huge success of its inaugural Saddlery Scholarship last year, Abbey England has launched the 2019 award which will see the lucky recipient winning £500 worth of workshop tools.
The 2018 winner Rachel Lok has been keeping everyone updated with her progress through her monthly blog. It’s been a busy few months for Abbey’s scholarship winner as she further develops her career. Rachel has since completed the SMS Flocking Assessment and embarked upon the SMS Qualified Saddle Fitters Course.
Said Rachel: “I was just delighted to win the first scholarship supported by Abbey England, as well as the prestige of winning the award and using the £500 for tools and equipment, the win has also helped to lift my profile in the industry.”
Whatever your chosen career in the craft saddlery industry whether you are looking to become a Master Saddler, Master Harness Maker or Bridle craft expert, the Abbey England Scholarship is open to everyone currently on a trainee or apprenticeship programme.
Abbey England is well known as ‘Suppliers to Workshops Worldwide’ and is the one-stop-shop for all saddlery tools, leather, threads, textiles and saddle trees.
Said Richard Brown of Abbey England: “We are delighted to launch the Abbey England Scholarship for 2019 and to be supporting trainee saddle makers who are the future of the industry.
“Every year it’s wonderful to see so many up and coming saddlers at the Society of Master Saddlers National Competition. These aspiring saddlers are breathing new life into the industry as they embrace new ideas and techniques.”
Founded in 1982 by the late Gerald Brown and his family, Abbey England prides itself on supplying top quality, British-made materials and tools and is one of the market leaders in equestrian wholesale suppliers. The business was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1995 for the supply of saddlery workshop materials to the Royal Mews.
Being British and supporting British manufacturing is part of Abbey England’s heritage. Where possible, the company sources UK made products and maintains its own manufacturing in the heart of Walsall. Employing traditional skills, the company produce vital solid brass saddlery components and harness fittings for the industry.
The Abbey England Scholarship is open to the following:
- Open to all applicants who are in their first or second year of saddlery training (please specify your course and college).
- Those who have experience within the saddlery and/or leather trade and are looking to advance their knowledge and skill set through further training.
To enter, please visit www.abbeyengland.com/downloads and download the Abbey England Scholarship Application.
The deadline for entering the scholarship search is November 30, 2018.
Email your entry to IshbelJohnson@abbeyengland.com marked Abbey England Scholarship.
For further information visit www.abbeyengland.com