About Freedom Saddlery
Freedom Saddlery is one of only a very small number of independent saddle fitters in the world with the following qualifications. Freedom Saddlery fits saddles for all horses, abilities and disciplines.
Stephanie Bradley, of Freedom Saddlery is:
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
I ride competitively - up to Inter 1 level dressage with 21 years young Trevor, whom I have trained to Inter 1. My other competition horse, Desmond, is 11. He is training through the levels after a considerable rehabilitation programme. Saddle fit has been an important factor within his rehab. He did his first Advanced in 2021 and I’m aiming to take him to PSG/Inter 1 in 2022. I've represented 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. I was selected by BEF for Level 4 Masters in Performance Coaching at Gloucester Uni 2021 entry year - a 3 year journey which will enhance both my saddle fitting and coaching, and satisfy my urge to research saddle related aspects to improve welfare.
I am an Andy Thomas Testt certified coach for 2022, rider symmetry being a key aspect of coaching and saddle fitting. I enjoy regular training with Dianne Breeze and Dane Rawlins - and occasionally have had the odd lesson with Charlotte Dujardin!
I am proud to be on the Executive Board of the Society of Master Saddlers - I'm keen to make a posititve difference to take the Society forwards. Most recently, I have been appointed as Trustee for the Saddle Research Trust.
I'm passionate about saddle 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. I have been delighted to join some working groups looking at improving the saddle fitting profession as a whole. 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. I was recently appointed a Trustee for the Saddle Research Trust because of my dual qualifications and passion for research for the betterment of the ridden horse.
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.
MSFC logo - Steph Bradley holds the first International Master Saddle Fitting Consultant diploma awarded in the UK
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.