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The Saddler

Lucy Cushley, Owner & Saddler of Saddlery Student.

The Saddler who makes more than saddles.....


After a lifetime of working with horses (and being accompanied by dogs) in 2016 Lucy travelled to Enfield, London, to study for two years at Capel Manor College, one of the last places to study saddlery full time.


Since returning to Co Down, Lucy has continued to develop her skills in saddlery and leatherwork, regularly traveling to Britain to undertake further qualifications and training from Masters. Their mentorship, alongside support from a number of societies and trusts, has meant that she is able to continue to supply her customers with bespoke, luxury items of leatherwork and saddlery. For well loved or damaged items, Lucy provides a repair/refurbishment service to give items a renewed lease of life.


It is these traditional skills, and high quality materials which let your bespoke commissions come to life. From bridles, bags, collars to home furnishings, working on new, exciting designs, we are always excited to bring your ideas to life.



During this time Lucy has been awarded a number of qualifications, scholarships, bursaries and awards from:

-The Worshipful Company of Loriners Certificate in Lorinery 2017

-The Worshipful Company of Saddlers of the City of London: Undergraduate award in Saddlery 2017

The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers: 3rd Prize, Harness Bride Making Competition 2018

-Worshipful Company of Cordwainers' Diploma in Bridle, Saddle and Harness Making 2018

-City and Guilds Lvl 2 Bridle Making

-City and Guilds Lvl2 Harness Making

-City and Guilds Lvl2 Saddle Making

-Society of Master Saddlers: Saddle Flocking and Adjustment 2018

-Abbey England Scholarship 2019

-Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust: Scholarship for Horse collar making and fitting

-Design and Crafts Council of Ireland "Future Maker" 2019

-RDS Craft Award 2020

-Member of the Heritage Crafts Association

-Qualified Harness Maker of the Society of Master Saddlers

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