Plus some important reminders…

The Olympus LR1 GP from Symonds Saddlery

Last week, ETN reported that saddle fitters are having to wait up to 16 weeks for new stock – with delays risking lost sales. 

Walsall based manufacturer Symonds Saddlery is bucking the trend.

“My lead time for saddles is currently three to four weeks,” says proprietor Ray Symonds who’s been making saddles for 45 years. 

And this despite not carrying any stock. “All my saddles are hand-made to order; they’re made personally by me, using traditional methods,” adds Ray. 

Individually, hand-crafted, bespoke saddles made personally by Ray Symonds can be seen at www.symondssaddlery.co.uk

For more information: Email: info@symondssaddlery.co.uk Telephone:01902-410836 Mobile: 07866-036615 


  • A reminder that BETA International has been moved to new dates of 9 – 11 September and a new venue, NAEC Stoneleigh. The show was originally scheduled to start on Sunday (24 January) until Government coronavirus restrictions prompted postponement. Find out more at www.beta-int.com
  • Riding for the Disabled is inviting applications for a new chairman/woman. The three-year, voluntary role (with expenses covered) involves three to four days’ work per month. The charity’s chairman attends Board meetings, the RDA National Championships, plus fundraisers and functions with RDA president The Princess Royal.  Applications close on Friday (22 January), more details by emailing chair@rda.org.uk
  • Common equine skin conditions – the inspiration for hundreds of products – is the subject of a webinar available from this evening (20 January) at 7pm. The online session organised by World Horse Welfare features vet and sarcoids expert Professor Derek Knottenbelt and Claire Gordon, the charity’s chief field officer. The pair tackle prevention and management of lice, mites, ringworm, sweet itch, rain scald and mud fever, as well as equine skin cancer. Register through Zoom to ask questions https://worldhorsewelfare.zoom.us/webinar/register/6216100982403/WN_3TE3kEzLRbW9tt8C2UqVAg
  • Assessments (written and verbal) for Registered Animal Medicines Advisor (RAMA/SQP) qualifications have been moved online until July 2021, the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) has announced. ETN runs AMTRA accredited CPD features and quizzes to help RAMAs earn the CPD points they need to maintain their qualifications. The next one, in ETN February/March issue, considers parasite control when owners bring home a new horse.