About Martin Wilkinson Saddlers

Martin Wilkinson Shop

Founded in 1973 by Martin Wilkinson, Master Saddler we are a great team of dedicated and highly qualified equine professionals.
Our sole aim and ethos is to provide a personal and professional saddle fitting service which will ensure outstanding comfort and performance for both horse and rider. We offer a carefully selected range of dressage, jumping and general purpose saddles, both new and second hand, for the professional and amateur rider alike. To accompany this we also offer a select range of quality accessories including bridles, numnahs, stirrups and leathers.

 

 

Martin Wilkinson receiving award

Martin Wilkinson Saddlers is one of the country's leading saddlers, and offers:



 •  Extensive range of both new and used saddles including our own designs customised to fit you and your horse
   
 •  Three fully qualified saddle fitters, for both new and used saddles who can either visit your premises or see you at ours
   
 •  Comprehensive saddlery workshop where you can see our three Master Saddlers and fellow craftsmen at work
   
 •  Extensive parking at our fitting centre for both lorries and cars
   
 •  Comprehensive range of saddlery accessories with experienced advisors who will help you in choosing and fitting a wide selection of bridles, numnahs, girths, reins, irons and the latest designs of tack
   




The Team

Martin Wilkinson - Master Saddler and Saddle Fitter

 

Martin is a Master Saddler and Society of Master Saddlers Qualified Saddle Fitter. He started Martin Wilkinson Saddlers in 1973 at the height of the first recession and has gone from strength to strength. Now Martin spends most of his time visiting yards to check and supply saddles. He lectures to veterinary students at The Royal Veterinary College on back problems caused by ill fitting saddles and is very active in the Society of Master Saddlers.


Rosemary Neale - Business and Administration Manager

 

Rosemary joined Martin Wilkinson in September 2007 to cover for maternity leave - and has stayed ever since! Rosemary comes from a background in training and development in both the public and private sectors. She has run her own management development consultancy, Rosemary Neale and Associates, for the last 15 years providing management training and consultancy in the UK and overseas. Rosemary now oversees the HR and administration functions. She owns two ponies and competes in Horse Driving Trials and Private Driving showing classes.


Kate Clark - Master Saddler and Saddle Fitter

 

Kate joined Martin Wilkinson from Frogpool Manor Saddlery in Kent in April 2007. Kate is a fully qualified Master Saddler with 12 years experience and spends most of her time working in the workshop at The Fint Barn. She has completed four years of training to become a qualified saddle fitter and hopes to take the exam, the final hurdle, in the near future. Kate is a mine of information about saddles and saddle fitting problems and now looks after the second hand saddle area of the business and operations back at base. She has had her own horse in the past but now finds that she prefers to have some money in the bank!


Jenny Gray-Wallis - Diary Manager

 

Jenny Gray-Wallis, MCAM (OCEPT), is a fully qualified and insured McTimoney-Corley Animal Manipulator and equine spinal therapist and now brings these skills to Martin Wilkinson Saddlers to provide a specialist service to our customers


Szilvia Komondi - Saddler

 

Szylvia joined us in 2010 from Capel Manor College where she had undertaken her initial saddlery training and is now a fully qualified saddler.  Szylvia undertakes all the alteration and repair work to saddles and bridles and even takes on handbags as well.  Nothing seems to phase her and faced with the most difficult repair or bespoke work Szylvia sets to and makes a beautiful job of it.  She has just made a military bridle of the Napoleonic era for a customer who is involved in battle re-enactments and who hopes to take part in the Battle of Waterloo re-enactment in 2015!