We offer the prestigious and historic Worshipful Company of Cordwainers’ Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making. The course is supported by the Worshipful Livery Companies of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers, Cordwainers, Curriers, Loriners, Saddlers and approved by The Society of Master Saddlers who are committed to keeping the tradition of hand-sewn leatherwork alive.
Capel is the only college in the UK to run a full-time saddlery course where you can learn the traditional English saddlery skills making handcrafted saddles, bridles, harnesses and other leather accessories.
This is the ideal choice if you are interested in horses, horse riding, working with leather, have artistic flair and a good business sense.
Our students enter the industry working for saddlery businesses and Master Saddlers, some take up apprenticeships to further their training. Skills learnt on the course are transferable and
our students go on to work with a wide range of employers: luxury case and leather goods makers, Globe Trotters and Simpson London, the British Army, the Royal Mews, the fashion industry designing and creating leather goods; repairs and restoration and making costumes for historical re-enactments.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
- costume making
- leatherwork production, repairs and restoration
- working in the fashion industry creating leather goods and accessories