Bench Flocking, Repair & Onsite Adjustment Course


Venue:      Stoneleigh Equine

                   Clear Spring, MD 

Length:     5 days (Monday-Friday)


Subject:    Bench Reflocking, Basic Repair & Onsite Adjustments 

Cost:           $2000.00, 50% deposit required to save course spot, due with application

Dates:  Openings ONLY for Oct. 31- Nov. 4th.  Nov. 7-11th, 2022 class is full but we will place you on the waiting list. 


*For dates and more information please click on the registration link below if the course is currently scheduled, if missing please check back for schedule updates

Fee Includes

  • Tuition

  • Meals:  We will provide limited breakfast breads &several lunch selections each day. We will provide tea, water and coffee will along with individually wrapped snacks.   

  • Accommodation is not included and must be arranged by the delegate, as well as, transportation. The Holiday Inn Express in Clear Spring offers a reduced rate but please ask for the Manager and reserve at least two weeks ahead of time.  

  • Participants MUST bring two saddles to work on.  

Course Objective

This five day course is designed for those interested in saddle fitting or saddle repair as a career including current saddle fitters and saddlery repair businesses. In the course, students will learn the necessary skills to deconstruct a panel, replace flocking materials, make minor repairs and adjustments, and reassemble the saddle. Additionally this course also covers the standards and required information for those seeking qualification and membership with the Society of Master Saddlers, so while not required for those seeking SMS qualifications, it is highly recommended.

Bench Work Covers


  • Tree Construction

  • Panel Design

  • Panel Construction

  • Horse Anatomy

  • Rider Influence


  • Replacing girth straps, girth strap placing, adding point straps.

  • Remove and drop out saddle panel.

  • Remove old flocking

  • Reflocking

  • Reassemble and lacing in.

  • Removal of airbags and conversion to flock when appropriate. 

Onsite Work Covers


  • Anatomy of back and how it affects fitting.

  • Back shapes and the many variations.

  • Girthing systems.

  • Use of pads--  materials, research, therapeutic applications and adjustment pads.

  • Different panels, materials and flocks.

  • Identify tree and panel types.



  • Adjustment templates

  • Making an adjustment

  • Rider input

  • Padding options and adjustments

  • Girthing adjustments

  • Rider analysis

  • Analysis of back and shoulders in relation to saddle fitting


This course must be paid in full at time of registration, due to the flight arrangements and cost of obtaining the best Instructors. There is a $150 administrative fee if you need to cancel or postpone within 30 days of the beginning of the course and a $150 penalty if all course fees are not paid at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the course. Please download your registration form and return with course deposit to:


North American Saddlery School; Janice Stroud-Bickes, Director of Operations

4400 Lake Hills Court; North Chesterfield, VA 23234


*Please note that deposits and course fees are non refundable, however cancellations will carry over for one year after the date of cancellation. Please see the complete policy above.