Freedom of the Saddler’s Company for Victoria

We are delighted  to announce that our Director, Victoria Coleman has been granted admission to the Freedom of the Saddlers’ Company by Redemption of the Trade and Freeman of the City of London. This is a major honour for Victoria who follows in the footsteps of her father Frank Baines and brother Garry, who were […]

Saddlery Competition Success

Saddlers from Frank Baines were overwhelmingly successful at this years Society of Master Saddlers‘ National Saddlery Competition. All of our saddlers who entered either won or were recognised with a premier award.  Garry Baines, director at Frank Baines Saddlery, said: “The annual competition, held at Saddlers’ Hall in London and hosted by the Worshipful Company of […]

Freeman of the City of London

Garry Baines, director of Walsall based Frank Baines Saddlery, has been made a Freeman of the City of London. Freedom of the City is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies and was believed to have been first presented in 1237. Historically, a ‘freeman’ meant someone who was protected by their town or city and […]

Royalty Celebrates Walsall’s Saddle Making

HRH The Princess Royal attended a celebration of Walsall’s saddle and leather manufacture at Walsall College recently. As part of his role within the Worshipful Company of Saddlers Frank Baines, the founder of saddle manufacturer Frank Baines Saddlery, attended the event and introduced The Princess Royal to a number of Walsall based manufacturers.  During the event, […]

New Saddle for British Junior Event Rider

Young British Junior event rider, Isabelle (Bubby) Upton, rounded off a successful 2017 with another win. Members of the British Equestrian Writers’ Association (BEWA) voted the 18 year old from Bury St Edmunds, the recipient of the 2017 Worshipful Company of Saddlers Award. Bubby was presented with a bespoke Frank Baines saddle by Hugh Thomas, […]