We have examined over 17,000 horses and their saddles.
Whatever your saddle fitting needs, we already have the answer.
New Saddle Fittings
There are many reasons for needing a new saddle. Some can be exciting, such as a new horse, and others can be because other options in a problematic time have been exhausted. Whatever your circumstances our extensive knowledge and impartial status means you can trust us to give you the right answers for you and your horse/pony.
All horse/ponies (and us riders!) change our shapes through seasons and ages. All saddles should be checked at least every six months to ensure they are still appropriate. Sometimes even small issues can make a difference to performance that can be quickly and easily rectified with tweaks/flocks or supporting accessories.
Master Saddle Fitter
At the helm of Castle House Saddlery is Andrea Patterson. Andrea has Master Saddle Fitter status with the Society of Master Saddlers and is the most highest-qualified saddle fitter in the North of England.
Born and raised in County Durham, North East of England, Andrea was riding her first pony aged 2 and had a successful competitive career in various disciplines.
Highlights of Andrea’s qualifications/experience include:
- Master Saddle Fitter status. This process takes a minimum of 7 years including gaining the City & Guilds Saddle Fitting Qualification and involves various post qualification quality control, and approval checks over a number of years before status is granted.
- BHS Stage III Coach
- Trainer/Lecturer in the North of England on saddling fitting
- NVQ Assessor/Verifier for saddle fitting
- Director of Society of Master Saddles
Our client relationships are built on trust
We know that waiting for a new saddle can be a stressful time, wondering what will arrive and what will happen if things aren’t right after your saddle fitting.
Circumstances mean you can’t always wait for your exciting new saddle to arrive and so a fit-for-purpose saddle can be provided to you in the meantime. We offer a saddle loan service while you are waiting for your new saddle for a small charge of £10pw.
You can rest assured with Castle House that we will never leave a client until we are completely satisfied of saddle comfort and fit. We have both professional and product indemnity, meaning that you have rights and are protected if anything should go wrong. View our full terms. Once you have decided on a saddle to buy, we will sign a sales contract and take a deposit of 50% of saddle cost. We will then keep you informed of the status of your saddle, which can be within a few weeks for off-the-peg option and up to 18 weeks for bespoke models.
Andrea’s extensive knowledge and experience during our saddle fittings and checks have helped keep me and my competition horses fit and well for our competitive seasons.Sara Burdess, 4* Event Rider
Andrea at Castle House Saddlery gives an honest and knowledgeable appraisal for each saddle fitting or check. With a number of high-level competition horses and those in for schooling it is imperative that we keep them comfortable and in work. Engaging Andrea’s services allows us to do this.Christina Foley, MPF Horse Talent
I value Andrea’s opinion as she is honest and reliable in her approach. I think we are all guilty of just wanting that instant solution for our horse’s saddle fit but Andrea made sure my horse and I had the best solution for our long-term partnership and the value and level of support I received from the service was outstanding.Jodine Milne-Reader, unaffiliated allrounder
I love working with Andrea as she always wants the best for me and my horses. Competing at the level that I do with Showjumping it is imperative that my saddlery supports comfort and recovery.Aimee Jones, Showjumper, Europeans GB team bronze medallist
As an independent and impartial saddle fitter, we stock a range of saddlery brands including Fairfax, Kent & Masters, Thorowgood, Ideal, Whitaker, GFS, Pessoa and Regent. Our saddles start from £500 up to £3,000+ for more performance brands. We offer a limited range of high-end second-hand saddles only starting from around £1000 and we typically will only accept part exchange for saddles we have originally sold except in exceptional circumstances of quality saddles with proof of purchase.