About Us

Working with leather to craft quality saddlery for the discerning Equestrian Rider.

Sparrow Saddlers' owners, Don and Dianne Sparrow, bring a lifetime of experience to the crafting of fine quality leather saddlery and tack. Don explains:

1972 when Dianne and I started Sparrow Saddlers, we specialised in making bridles and tack for the English riding market, supplying retailers throughout New Zealand.

During the 1980's the saddlery business changed with the onset of free market government policies, resulting in cheap imports from India. Our future lay in the direct marketing of high quality saddlery to the discerning rider.

1990 we printed our first catalogue and advertised Sparrow Saddlers dirrect to the riding public.

Our aim was - and still is - to give unequalled service and make the best quality tack we can. Though now of retirement age we are spending less time making saddlery.


We sourced the best pit-tanned leather made for the saddlery industry from England - a first at that time and the same with some hardware.

We continued to build a niche market among riders who recognised and appreciated the quality saddlery we offered.

Today we continue to offer hand-crafted Sparrow Saddlery with our hallmark attention to detail, from the careful selection of leather and hand polishing, through to the fine dove-tailed hand stitching, making your choice of Sparrow Saddlery one sure to give you pleasure for years to come.

This website replaces our catalogues of old, allowing us to bring new items to you as soon as they are developed. We trust you find our site informative, and that we can continue to serve you in the way we enjoy and find most satisfying.

We assure you of our best attention at all times. Thank you for visiting Sparrow Saddlers.

Don & Dianne Sparrow