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About Freedom Saddlery
 
Freedom Saddlery is one of only a small number of independent saddle fitters in the world qualified with both the M.S.F.C. Diploma and S.M.S. Reg'd Q.S.F. saddle fitting qualifications. 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, plus client referrals from a number of high profile dressage trainers and riders in the Gloucestershire area.  
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. 


M.S.F.C.
Freedom Saddlery is the first UK saddle fitter to complete the international saddle fitting qualification 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 2014-2017 was the most comprehensive saddle fitting course in the world. It is still in existence today, but the course has now changed significantly and is more geared to back professionals.
 
It encompasses 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.  
 
"I am delighted to have finally qualified and to be the first UK saddle fitter to be awarded the MSFC Diploma. I particularly like how the protocol is closely aligned it is to my own comprehensive saddle fitting consultations. This course recognises the in depth knowledge all professional saddle fitters must have" 
Steph Bradley
 
Freedom Saddlery
Freedom Saddlery was borne out of my own personal frustration at the 'mystique' that seemed to surround what should be a straightforward process. 

Steph enjoys the challenge of dressage and ford crossing during hacking with her own horses
 
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 them
"A saddle check should be an integral part of every horse owner's holistic horsecare routine."


Society of Master Saddlers - Qualified Saddle Fitter and Approved Retail Member
Proud to have completed this accredited qualification and be a member of the UK saddle fitters organisation. 
The qualification provided a detailed and practical saddle fitting knowledge, lectured by some of the most highly regarded saddle fitters in the UK.

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Steph Bradley of Freedom Saddle Fitting finishes a dressage test on her special horse, ForeverSteph Bradley of Freedom Saddle Fitting riding a dressage test on her special horse, ForeveAbout me....
 
I ride competitively - up to PSG level dressage with 18 years young 'Trevor ' whom I have taken from Elementary to PSG.
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. 
I'm a BHS Accredited Professional Instructor and UKCC 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 their movement - or not. Quite often saddle fits require an assessment of rider effectiveness - an influential factor to consider.
 
I'm proud to have represented Wales from 2011 - 2018 at all levels through to Advanced Medium on both my horses. 

I'm passionate about research and improving wellbeing and performance though scientifically proven knowledge. I was instrumental in the recent (and peer reviewed) Hartpury research on T18 - helping saddle fitters all 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.

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 is now riding professionally as a working pupil with International Dressage rider, judge Elite Coach, and Director of Dressage at Hickstead, Dane Rawlins. She is competing at senior Small Tour internationally. 

I enjoy regular training with Dianne Breeze and Dane Rawlins, and occasionally Im fortunate to get the odd lesson with Charlotte Dujardin!