About Freedom Saddlery
About Freedom Saddlery
Freedom Saddlery is one of only a very small number of independent saddle fitters in the world with the following qualifications:
- Society of Master Saddlers Registered Qualified Saddle Fitter
- International M.S.F.C. Diploma
- Society of Master Saddlers 'Master Saddle Fitters' - an accolade earned by qualified saddle fitters who have many years experience of saddle fitting, having demonstrated high expertise and had high levels of client satisfaction from an independent survey.
- BHS Accredited Professional Coach
- BHS Stage I & II
- UKCC Level 3 Coach
With Freedom Saddlery you are in well qualified, experienced hands.
The highly qualified, professional saddle fitting service primarily covers North Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire, the Wirral and the North West England. Also travelling to Channel Islands and Ireland regularly.
Appointments are available at Freedom Saddlery's base near Chester.
Accessible to road networks, indoor and outdoor arena, safe and secure car park, plus evening and weekend appointments available.
The Society of Master Saddlers
An organisation that should need no introduction.
The S.M.S. is the only accredited saddle fitting qualification in the world, with highly experienced practitioners lecturing and examining.
The organisation is totally independent and stands alone. Managed by an experienced and knowledgeable Executive Board of Directors from all aspects of saddlery, committed to move the saddlery profession forwards to reflect the increasing importance of ensuring the welfare of the horse. Embracing the latest research and regularly providing it's members with up to date CPD and webinars to increase knowledge.
Freedom Saddlery proudly wears the SMS badge as an Approved Retailer, Qualified Saddle Fitter, and Master Saddle Fitter.
The SMS qualification provided a detailed and practical saddle fitting knowledge, lectured by some of the most experienced saddle fitters in the world. This is the most highly regarded saddle fitting qualification and training available worldwide and takes years to complete.
Freedom Saddlery was the first UK saddle fitter to complete the international saddle fitting qualification in 2103 with the Academy for Master Saddle Fitting Consultants and Equine Studies. The qualification is Dip. M.S.F.C. and is recognised with the logo seen below.
MSFC logo - Steph Bradley holds the first International Master Saddle Fitting Consultant diploma awarded in the UK
This scientific saddle fitting qualification taken between 2013-2017 was the most comprehensive saddle fitting course in the world. It is still in existence today, but the course has now changed significantly and widened it's remit more to back professionals and less saddle fitting related.
The course syllabus encompassed anatomy, physiology (human and equine), biomechanics and scientific research, training influences, conformation, pathology, back and lameness checks, nutrition, trees (including Western, Baroque and treeless) saddle construction, girthing, therapeutic pads, fault identification.
Between 2014-2017 lecturers included Dr Gerry van Oossanen, Dr Carolien Munster and UK Master Saddlers Laurence Pearman (2012/2013 President of The Society of Master Saddlers) and Emily White. Hugely experienced saddle fitters, including an examiner from The Society of Master Saddlers.
Steph enjoys the challenge of dressage and ford crossing during hacking with her own horses
Freedom Saddlery was borne out of my own personal frustration at the 'mystique' that seemed to surround what should be a straightforward process
Through Freedom Saddlery I have one fundamental aim:
To provide professional, qualified, impartial saddle fitting advice which improves the overall comfort of your horse, enhancing freedom of movement so it may perform to it's potential.
Every horse, whatever his job, deserves to be ridden in a saddle that fits.
"A saddle check should be an integral part of every horse owner's holistic horsecare routine, to ensure optimal welfare and performance."
I ride competitively - up to Inter 1 level dressage with 21 years young 'Trevor ' whom I have taken from Elementary to Inter 1.
My lovely big 'Forever' and I were Champions at the British Dressage Winter Regional championships and we competed at the BD National Winter Dressage Championships in 2012. Sadly, he is now semi-retired and enjoying a quieter life of hacking. Beautiful Desmond is my latest addition - and he is training through the levels after a considerable rehabilitation programme. Saddle fit has been an important factor within his rehab.
I'm a BHS Accredited Professional Instructor and UKCC Level 3 qualified dressage coach. Both riding and instructing to me is an essential element for high level saddle fitting advice.
It is important to understand how a horse moves and feels, and how the saddle allows freedom of correct movement - or not. Quite often saddle fits require an assessment of rider effectiveness and position - an influential factor to consider.
I've been fortunate to have been selected to represent Wales every year since 2011 at all levels through to Advanced Medium on both my horses, and competed at Premier League, and Hickstead CDI Invitational 2000 Club.
I'm passionate about research and improving wellbeing and performance through scientifically proven knowledge. I was instrumental in the recent (and peer reviewed) Hartpury research on T18 - helping saddle fitters to be more consistent in their methodology. And I have been delighted to join some working groups looking at improving the saddle fitting profession as a whole. Exciting times and great to be asked to be involved in a subject and job I am passionate about. I joined the Executive Board of the Society of Master Saddlers in 2019 and I am keen to make a positive difference to take the Society forwards.
Daughter Francesca has represented Wales BD Youth since she was 10 years old, and was selected to represent Great Britain internationally at Young Rider in 2014/16. Having completed her university degree in Equine Science, she went as a working pupil with International Dressage rider, judge, Elite Coach, and Director of Dressage at Hickstead, Dane Rawlins. She has competed at senior Great Britain Small Tour internationally. She is now based back at the family facility, managing the yard and offering sales, rehab and schooling livery.
Steph Bradley of Freedom Saddle Fitting finishes a dressage test on her special horse, Forever
Steph Bradley of Freedom Saddle Fitting riding a dressage test on her special horse, Foreve
At home I run Whitegate Farm Livery and Training Centre and many clients enjoy staying over for a saddle fit and combining it with training. We have a wide variety of trainers and clinics and spare overnight stabling.
I enjoy regular training with Dianne Breeze, Maria Eilberg and Dane Rawlins - and occasionally had the odd lesson with Charlotte Dujardin!