Master saddler and bridlemaker Issi Russell has received an award from The Princess Royal for her contribution to the saddlery industry.

Issi was awarded a highly commended certificate at the City and Guilds of London Institute Awards at Buckingham Palace last month.

The certificate is presented to one of the nominees for the Prince Philip Medal, which recognises people who have “travelled the City & Guilds path” and excelled in their field.

“It was great to receive the certificate and wonderful to be able to go to Buckingham Palace for the ceremony,” said Cirencester-based Issi.

“I feel fortunate to be recognised for my work, which is a true passion and something that I enjoy everyday.”

Issi, 30, began her career as an apprentice in 2003 and her bridles are used by top riders including Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Zara Phillips.