Phone Jacalyn Reynolds 021 305 385
I own horses and ride in rough country, do all my cattle work on my horse and ride over big distances and have recently been in search of a new saddle. To cut a long story short I have found a range of saddles that are superb quality and affordable and so I have bought a few over from Australia and am trying to let people know that I have them here in NZ, if they have been looking for something similar.
This first one is also Polocrosse legal and was designed by a polocrosse rider but is widely used for trail riding.
This is the Drover model.
These are a few photos to show you what they are like. There are a number of different shapes, colours, roughout vs face leather and they are all currently $2200 inc GST.
They are brilliant saddles for long hours of trail riding as they are really comfy for both horse and rider. I have been unable to source a saddle like this available in NZ and the only ones I found were also bought over from Australia and were nearly twice this price. I am farming so don’t have the overheads of a saddlery, so can keep the price down at an affordable level.
I found that VERY few people in Australia now purchase what we call traditional stock saddles, ie with flaps and English stuffed pads. The majority of the custom made saddles are now like those above, called Swinging Fender or HalfBreed saddles, which are built on a closer contact western tree, with large weight bearing skirts for horse comfort and fenders instead of stirrups. Bascially the same style as these saddles.
I don’t know if you have a newsletter that goes out to people who do trail riding, cattle work , endurance, polocrosse etc and who may be interested in trying this style but if you do, would you be willing to help me let people know they are available? If you can suggest anywhere I can do some advertising, that would be great. So much of the horse industry and magazines etc focus almost exclusively on English styles that it is difficult to know where to market these and be able to reach interested horseowners.
I also have some really good saddle pads, 30mm thick felted wool, and also thick neoprene/felt ones. Western shaped. Great cushioning on long rides.
This is the wool one. I won’t bore you with photos of the others at this stage but please ask if you do want to see them.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that I will hear from you.
Jacalyn Reynolds 021 305 385 – Near TAUPO