NSC – The English Saddle Co was formed in 2017 by the merger of two of the biggest English saddle specialists in New Zealand: National Saddle Centre NZ (NSC) and The English Saddle Company Ltd.
The National Saddle Centre and its mobile saddle fitting concept was started in the UK in 1992 by Josephine Dancy and was based on her previous ten years’ experience in a retail saddlery shop. This was an enormous learning curve and included much trial and error with different saddle manufacturers, and their methods, both in the UK and in Europe.
NSC (still with Josephine at the helm) arrived in NZ in 2002 and quickly became New Zealand’s largest and most trusted mobile saddle fitting service.
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 the requirements of both the horse and rider;
- Maintain high quality and affordability in all products.
It was a need to source saddles for the now-common wider and difficult to fit horses that saw Catherine launch The English Saddle Co in order to cater for the increasing popularity of the broad, barrel-shaped horse with no wither, large shoulders, high in the hindquarters and with flat backs which are now taking their place alongside the ever-popular Thoroughbreds and lighter types. These horses need particular styles of saddles if they are to be ridden without causing repetitive soreness and injury.
NSC – The English Saddle Co’s customers include those at every level from International and Olympic riders to absolute beginners – and every kind of equine breed, shape and measure of fitness imaginable. All receive the same high level of advice and service and receive unbiased advice on all brands of saddle.
We learn something from every one of our customers. Over the years our detailed records of saddle fittings (including assessments of the horse, drawings of the back, photos and videos) have grown to number into the thousands, and have provided both an enormous reference resource for us, and a tremendous teaching aid for future saddle fitters.
Our Saddle Fitters
With an ever-expanding team of saddle fitters around the country (currently in nine locations and including both a Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) Master Saddler, fully qualified SMS Registered Qualified Saddle Fitters, and saddle fitters working towards their SMS qualifications) and a wide range of saddle styles and fits, NSC – The English Saddle Co is your first choice to work with you to find your best saddle solution.
NSC – The English Saddle Co 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 should be attainable for all those who wish to do the best for their horse, and so bring you a high-quality range of saddles at attainable prices, with a range of payment options and finance available through Q Card Finance.