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 me 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 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. Today Stuart’s Western Saddles makes the custom El Toro saddles to clients’ requirements, sells the Western Dreamer range of saddles and of course distributes the locally made El Paso saddles. Not to mention on offer is after sales service and the repairs, 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 ReaganStuart’s Western Saddles now has a showroom in Kensington, Joburg which is open by appointment.