Introduction to Saddle & Bridle Making Basic Skills 


Venue:       Stoneleigh Equine

                    Clear Spring, MD

Length:      5 days (Monday-Friday)


Cost:           $2,000, 50% deposit required to save course spot, due with application

Dates:      Oct. 31- Nov. 4th, 2022

*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 & materials

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

  • Accommodation is not included and must be arranged by the delegate as well as transportation



Course Objective


This level teaches and tests the candidates in saddlery skills needed to begin their training in English saddle and bridle making.


A prerequisite for NASS courses in the

  • Saddle making levels

  • Bridle making levels

  • Recommended to those seeking those seeking SMS Saddle fitting qualifications



Tests and assignments have been developed in each area to allow candidates to demonstrate their craft skills in the beginning areas.


These include: measuring, cutting, edging, staining, rubbing up, stitching and hole punching at a basic level. You will be required to make a pair of stirrup leathers, an Irish martingale and a bridle headpiece, with three skill practicing work projects to encourage progress of a belt, buckle guards and a needle case. This level is all done by hand.


Applicants will receive further details upon payment for the course. Please return the application form and course deposit to secure a place, without a deposit a place on the course has not been reserved and due to the hands on nature of these courses, places are limited.


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.