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STALWART RETIRES AFTER HALF-CENTURY IN THE TRADE

“I’ll miss my colleagues.” Well-known and much-admired Walsall saddler John Hardwick has retired after 49 years in the trade.   John, now 66, got his first...

WALSALL MEETS HOLLYWOOD WITH MOVIE-INSPIRED PRODUCT

Design gets “unbelievable” reception. A Walsall saddle-maker has taken the trend for customised saddles into the realms of Hollywood.  Asked by a customer to “design me...

TV STAR SUPPORTS “WONDERFUL” SADDLERY CENTRE

The project aims to attract new recruits to the industry. A training centre designed to encourage interest in and bring new blood into the saddlery...

TALENTED AND POPULAR FIGURE PASSES AWAY AGED 58

The trade loses a well-regarded personality. Christopher Hinton – a life-long saddler who was latterly associated with Saferide and Custom – died on 15 August....

DESPITE BREXIT, THERE’S STRONG DEMAND FOR UK MADE SADDLES

Walsall saddle-maker renovates HQ to satisfy “more interest than ever”.Frank Baines Saddlery has renovated its Walsall premises to make more room to meet increasing...

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BIG BRANDS PICK UP PRIZES 

Inventiveness rewarded at trade fair.  Big European brands scooped a series of wins in the spoga horse innovations awards. A panel of equestrian experts chose their...
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