Lauren Barton - Master Saddler at Barton Saddlers
I have had a love for horses from a very young age, and have been lucky enough to own my horses and grow up learning about these beautiful creatures.
My most recent horse is Paddy and I have competed with him at County Show level, in Show-Hunter-Pony
and Veteran Classes and fortunate enough to have had many wins, I also learned to ride side saddle with Paddy.
I decided to make my passion for horses become my career by using my artistic skills,
and venturing into Saddlery. I was very lucky to get a four year Millennium/Modern apprenticeship
with Laurence Pearman, recognised as one of the top Master Saddlers in the country.
During those years, I learned about all aspects of Saddlery, and completed all of my City & Guilds levels (exams) in Saddlery at The Saddlery Training Centre run by Mark Romain.
As part of my four years training, I have been a regular competitor at National Annual Saddlery competitions,
held at Saddlers Hall in London and The Festival of leather held at Capel Manor.
All my entries were made to the highest standards, and in my own time.
Here are a few of the results of the competitions:
- Level 2 Pony Saddle, 1st place - Capel Manor
- +2nd place - Saddlers Hall
- Level 3 Stallion-inhand bridle, 3rd place - Saddlers Hall
- Master & Apprentice, Girth; Premium Award - Saddlers Hall
- Miniature Tack display, 3rd place - Capel Manor
- Level 3 Saddle, 3rd place - Saddlers Hall
I was also awarded and presented with the prestigious Lion Award by City and Guilds at the Roundhouse in London.
Since qualifying as a Saddler with The Society of Master Saddlers in 2012 I have been fortunate enough to start up Barton Saddlers now a family run business, this has been my dream since I first entered Saddlery. This year 2015 I was invited to become a Master Saddler by the society after completing seven years training and working in the industry.
We decided to locate the business in my home county of Worcestershire on the border with Warwickshire and Gloucestershire finding ideal premises at Blackminster Business Park near Evesham. The Park operates as a Craft Centre including wine Merchants, wellness, beauty, hairdressers, Bistro and Cafe. Offering ample parking it is a good spot to spend an afternoon treating and pampering yourself whilst visiting us.
Over the last three years we have brought on board a whole range of new suppliers and now offer a full Saddle Fitting Service and onsite top up service in addition to our busy repair workshop. We boast one of the most comprehensive choices of saddle manufacturers in the country, from top prestigious UK and Continental Saddle manufacturer's to quality budget Saddles to equally fit both horse, rider and pocket.