The English Saddle Company

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The English Saddle Company (ESC), was formed in 2010 by Catherine Baxter, with the aim of bringing a wider choice of high quality, affordable, hand-made English leather saddles to New Zealand. The mission was to:

  • Achieve true comfort, performance and fit for both horse and rider
  • Provide the ability to order saddles that specifically meet both the horse and rider’s requirements
  • Maintain high quality and affordability in all products

Originally from England, Catherine has ridden all her life. She gained a bachelors degree in Equine Studies from Warwickshire College, before moving to New Zealand in 2003 and attending a saddle fitting course with Dr Kerry Ridgway, DVM; she continues to study and research saddle dynamics and fit.

It was whilst working with Equinology Equine Body Worker and Saddle Fitting Assessor, Sarah Linton, that Catherine discovered the gap between what is currently available in New Zealand compared to what is needed for the now-common wider and difficult to fit horses.

Over the last few years in New Zealand the variety of horses used for riding has increased and, as with elsewhere in the world, breeds previously not used under saddle are now commonly ridden; for instance Irish Draught, Clydesdale & Cleveland Bay crosses and similar heavier/wider breeds are now widespread.

This means that many of the ‘traditional’ styles of saddle no longer work for a lot of horses. More and more we are seeing broad, barrel-shaped horses with no wither, large shoulders, high in the hindquarters and flat backs. These horses need particular styles of saddles if they are to be ridden without causing repetitive soreness and injury.

The English Saddle Company will work with you to find the best possible saddle for you and your horse and, if your ideal saddle is not in stock, we can order a saddle specifically to meet your requirements, which will generally be with you around 6 weeks after placing your order.

Our aim is for you and your horse to be as comfortable in your saddle as possible, meaning you can both reach your full potential. We also believe that a good quality, well-fitting saddle shouldn’t cost you a small fortune and aim to bring you a high quality range of saddles at affordable prices, with a range of payment options and finance available, including the option to either take an Approved Saddle Fitter Discount or choose to pay through Q Card Finance.


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