Some years ago a middle aged gent bought a horse which then needed a saddle. Fortunately (or unfortunately) he bought a Western saddle which needed some repairs. Apart from people wanting to sell their saddle or a new saddle to him, nobody could really help him. After much frustration running around asking friends and fellow horse lovers, some really rough repairs were done. This led him to think there’s a great need for Western saddle support and service in South Africa. As everyone knows, English saddles take up the majority of the horse riding market.
And so, Stuart’s Western Saddles (based in Kensington, Johannesburg, South Africa) was started with an original product line of three saddles – colours: burgundy, a black and an antique. Yes, only 3 products which has grown to over a hundred products! Stuart’s Western Saddles’ purpose is to support the Western riding and saddle industry, to give great client service, good honest advice and to not just to sell a saddle for the sake of making a sale.
Here is where you will find a good range of western saddles, bridles and accessories which will cover both special needs and also those of the Western riding enthusiast.
Stuart’s Western Saddles distributes the locally made El Paso saddles which are popular and well known in SA, the first saddles being made in 1967. The saddles are available in 12.5” and 15” and are made to fit most of the South African horse breeds. They are competitive in price.
Today Stuart’s Western Saddles is part manufacturer of the locally made Western Dreamer range of saddles, launched in 2018. They are available in 13”, 14”, 15” and 16”, customised to clients’ requirements and are built on a tree that has been proven to be suitable for SA horses. And of course, distributes the locally made El Paso saddles.
Full customisation of saddles is possible, i.e. saddle plates, custom tooling and colour (even if it’s pink with purple fenders ). Stuart’s Western Saddles has a strong passion for horses as well everything related to ‘Western’ (western riding, western saddles, bridles, western tack and related gear).
Also on offer is after sales service and the repair, restorations and customisation of existing saddles.
Included in the product line are chinks, waistcoats, western buckles, belts, western décor (from decorated cow skulls to half saddles) for that man cave or Western themed room or tack room.
“I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.” Ronald Reagan
Stuart’s Western Saddles now has a showroom in Kensington, Joburg which is open by appointment.