Society of Master Saddlers National Saddle, Bridle and Harness Competition

Held every year at Saddlers Hall in London by kind invitation of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers, this competition is a saddler’s only chance to compete head to head with all saddlers of every experience. Issi has been a keen competitor most years since starting her training and having now become a judge she very much looks forward to the day.


  • 2004 Les Coker Millennium Trophy for best entry by an apprentice
  • 2004 First and Premium Award for Double Bridle
  • 2005 Third Prize for Stallion In Hand Bridle
  • 2005 Third Prize for Astride Saddle
  • 2007 Second and Premium Award for Headcollar
  • 2009 Alf Batchelor Memorial Trophy for Best Bridle Entry
  • 2009 First and Premium Award for Cross Country    Bridle
  • 2011 First and Premium Award for Master & Apprentice with Jo Heard
  • 2013 First and Premium Award for Master & Apprentice with Jo Heard
  • 2014 First and Premium Award for Master and Apprentice with Jo Heard

BETA Bridlemaking Competition

Set up in 2006 to showcase British saddlery talent during the trade fair held every year in February, the BETA Bridlemaking Competition has proven very popular for all visiting BETA. The first three competitions were held over the whole three days of the fair. Competitors were asked to make the same style bridle but to their own design within the time limit of the fair.

  • 2006 Competitor at the first BETA Bridlemaking Competition
  • 2007 Winner of the second BETA Bridlemaking Competition
  • 2011 Winner of the third BETA Bridlemaking Competition
  • 2012 Judge at the fourth BETA Bridlemaking Competition
  • 2013 Judge at the fifth BETA Bridlemaking Competition
  • 2014 Judge at the sixth BETA Bridlemaking Competition

Other accolades

  • 2013 Highly Commended Certificate for Prince Phillip Medal
  • 2013 Invited to be an Honorary Member of the City & Guilds