The Gloucestershire-based Hartpury University and College has announced a new partnership with three organisations – the Society of Master Saddlers, the Worshipful Company of Loriners and the Worshipful Company of Saddlers – to carry out industry-driven research and promote equine education.
The partnership will drive forward training, education and research in relation to horse-human interaction and partnership.
They will also work together to champion and support a successful and modern saddlery industry, providing British equestrians with the latest equipment and access to registered, qualified saddlery fitters.
Hartpury says it is the world’s largest equine educational establishment.
Rosie Scott-Ward, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Hartpury University, said: “We’re absolutely passionate about ensuring the highest standard of horse welfare across our various activities at Hartpury.
“Our new partnership with the Society of Master Saddlers, the Worshipful Company of Loriners, and the Worshipful Company of Saddlers will help to advance training, education and research into horse-human interaction.
“The partnership will also provide our students with access to experienced industry professionals and help them to stay informed about the latest developments ahead of a possible career within the industry.”
Hazel Morley, Chief Executive of the Society of Master Saddlers, said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Hartpury University and Hartpury College.
“This year marks the 25th anniversary of SMS Saddle Fitting training and so it is especially apt that we also embark on a close relationship with Hartpury.”
Sue Douthwaite, Master of the Worshipful Company of Loriners, said: “We’re committed to promoting a high standard of continuing professional development within the industry at all times.
“We’re proud to be part of this exciting new partnership to support ground-breaking research for the benefit of the saddlery and lorinery industry and the wider equestrian sector.”
Philip Napier, the Clerk of The Worshipful Company of Saddlers, said: “We are delighted to support this new partnership and hope that it goes from strength to strength.”