Saddlery students meet The Queen’s personal Harness Maker

Kirsty Thomson
Kirsty Thomson

Capel Manor College’s saddlery students took a field trip to the Royal Mews last week to meet The Queen’s personal Harness Maker, find out more about the Royal working stables and catch up with Kirsty, a former Capel student who is now an apprentice at the Royal Mews.

The Royal Mews is an important branch of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office and provides road transport for The Queen and members of the Royal Family by both horse-drawn carriage and motorcar.

Frances Roche, the Queen’s personal Harness Maker gave our Saddlery students a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Mews, the harness workshop and an insight to working life at the Royal Mews.

Kirsty has fond memories of her time at Capel: “There is such a warm, friendly vibe about Capel. The Cordwainers’ Diploma gave me a basic set of skills across a range of bridle, saddle, harness and box work, which I am building on here at The Royal Mews. My two years training at Capel enabled me to take up the place here as The Royal Mews wouldn’t take anyone who hasn’t had prior training in Saddlery.”

Kirsty Thomson, completed our Worshipful Company of Cordwainers’ Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle Making and is now the Worshipful Company of Coach and Coach Harness Makers’ first apprentice at the Royal Mews, this prestigious apprenticeship will last for three years.

Saddlery The Royal Mews Visit_workshop presentation_May2015

Saddlery The Royal Mews Visit_workshop_May2015

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