Benefactors invite applications from saddlers, bridle-makers, harness-makers and farriers.

Applications for the latest round of Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funding open this summer.

Talented equestrian craftspeople are urged to apply for up to £18,000 to support further training and education.

QEST is run by the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association to support Britain’s cultural heritage and sustain skills in traditional and contemporary crafts.

In its 30 years, QEST has awarded nearly £5 million to 600 individuals in 130 different sectors from guitar making to leatherwork, thatching to enamelling.

There have been beneficiaries in saddlery, farriery, bridle-making, whip-making and harness-making.

Currently, a QEST Saddlers’ Company Apprenticeship is supporting Emma Hamilton in her saddle and bridle-making apprenticeship with Master Saddler Laura Simpson-Nickel at Amayzing Saddlery in Dunbartonshire.

Applications for QEST funding are invited twice a year; the next round is open 12 July – 16 August 2021. For more details on eligibility criteria, and to apply, visit

QEST was founded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

In 2017, HRH The Prince of Wales became its Patron, with Vice-Patrons the Earl of Snowdon and the Marquess of Salisbury.

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