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Saddle Design and Patterns


Venue:      Stoneleigh Equine

                   Clear Spring, MD 

Length:     2 days 

Subject:    Developing & Producing Patterns in Saddle and Bridle Making

Cost:          $300/Day with Master Saddlers


Dates:       per Request 

Fee Includes

  • Tuition

  • Meals:  Breakfast (coffee and bagels), lunch and refreshments throughout the day.  

  • Accommodation is not included and must be arranged by the delegate. 



Course Objective


A two day course designed to give instruction in saddlery development, pattern design and practical pattern development.




  • Design as it relates to anatomy

  • Design as it relates to empirical research

  • Discussion of developments in research techniques

  • Discussion of designs found in saddlery

  • Discussion of materials and their uses



  • Looking at different research techniques in action from the simple to the advanced

  • Making a pattern from a live model

  • Making a pattern from pattern material to work from

  • Adapting patterns to address problems of fit, comfort, usability and function

  • Fitting a pattern

  • Materials for pattern work



Students will need leather tools and also a good quality scissor set. Bring ideas for tack patterns written down to discuss.


This course must be paid in full at time of registration, due to the flight arrangements and cost of obtaining the best Instructors. Please download your registration form and return with course deposit to:


North American Saddlery School

11655 Rocky Meadow Rd

Clear Spring, MD 21722 USA



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

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