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Hattie Crabtree Leatherwork

Winner of The Worshipful Company of Saddlers Award & Trophy 2021

Hi, I’m Hattie and welcome to my website, I am a disabled leather worker. I currently have three autoimmune diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrom & Graves' disease. 

I used to work within the education sector, specifically working with children and adults with additional learning difficulties, mostly working with people who have autism. Before that I worked within the hospitality industry alongside my family running our 20 bedroom hotel and bar. 

In 2016 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune condition which attacks my central nervous system in my brain (for more information please visit MS society or MS trust websites). This prompted me to re-evaluate what I was doing with my life, and the best way to have a career, yet still have my health.


So, I decided it was time to pursue a career I had wanted to do since I was seventeen, but sadly never had the opportunity before, leatherwork.

I moved to London for a year and gained my Level 2 Diploma in Saddle, Harness and Bridle making. Sadly I was unable to go back for my second year in 2017 due to my chemotherapy for my MS making me to weak. 

Saddlers award

Awarded the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers' diploma in Saddle, Harness & Bridle Making, with an overall mark of outstanding. 

I then spent the next 3 years building up my small business from an old garage, however then the world came to an abrupt halt due to covid-19. 

I made the decision to try and complete my second year, i moved to London in September 2020, and managed to live there until the end of October. With the announcement that London would be going in to another lock down, i made the decision for both my mental and physical health to head home. 

I completed the remainder of the year online, it was ideal for me as I had the majority of the skills, I just needed to complete the year to get that all important piece of paper. 

Certificate In Lorinery

I hold a certificate for Lorinery, this is a qualification that identifies correct fitting of any metal used on a horse (except the horses shoes). This includes correct biting and fitting of a bit, stirrup and spur fittings plus a basic understanding of saddle fitting. it was a very interesting subject to learn, even as someone who has been involved with horses for many years, I still learnt a lot that I was unaware of.

A life long hobby that turned in to a passion. 


A quick look at how horses have influenced my life, a more detailed account is on the 'about me' page. I have been involved with horses all my life, firstly at my Godmothers riding school, as well as Sawrey Knotts, which was the local riding stables behind my grandmas house.

When i was 7/8 I got my first pony on loan, Ricky, and my godmother bought me my pony club subscription for Oxenholme Pony Club. I met my best friend when I joined the mounted games, although I did kick her off the team, whoops, she is now a successful equine physio. 

From there horses were my life, highlights include becoming British Riding Clubs Pairs dressage champions in 2002, riding my second pony Sapphire with my close friend Beth riding polo.

Following in my Mums footsteps I got the eventing bug at a very young age, this is dressage, showjumping and cross country. Completing my first Novice with my first Horse Millie. 

Next came my horse of a lifetime Annie,the horse that i could jump 1meter 30cm in a head collar, she was a beautiful soul who just wanted to please and be loved. Sadly her time was cut short due to illness. 

Fudge, I had fudge for a couple of years, a little 12.2,  2/3year old which i broke in. She is a little cracker and is enjoying teaching little girls to ride. However out of all of my horses she could throw the biggest tantrum, even if she was the smallest i've ever owned. 

Lastly there is Rory, who last year reminded me what it felt like to get that red ribbon, when we won at Dalston Hunter trials, qualifying us for the national championships. He is the quirkiest horse I've ever owned, but also one of the most loving after a difficult start in life, and being misunderstood. he is now spoilt rotten.