Sankey Saddlery is a small saddle making company based in Kilsyth Glasgow Scotland. Andrew Sankey is a Master Saddler and a member of the The Society of Master Saddlers is one of the few remaining master craftsmen.
Unlike many modern saddle manufacturers, he still works from a cobbler-type shop filled with leather, saddle trees and all the other material needed to build a saddle from start to the finish.
While many saddle makers have gone to using laser cutters and other modern technology, Andrew still uses cutting boards and traditional saddle making hand tools. From his small workshop he is now exporting all over the world and Sankey Saddles are in high demand by many professional riders and trainers.
All saddles are handcrafted by Andrew and his young apprentice Mark Rooney from start to finish which has been a major part to the success of his saddles. No stone unturned, his watchful eye insures that quality and attention to detail is of the highest standard.
Available in Dressage, Jump, Event and Endurance and totally customizable.
" We make saddles the old way using traditional methods and craftsmen ship, it takes a lot longer to make saddles the way we do but the end result is far greater than the way most saddle companies do it these days. We’re not a production line only having to learn 10% of the job. We make the saddles from start to finish.
So we oversee all the process and keep a watchful eye all the time to make sure the quality is at the highest level."
Andrew is a strong believer that horses should be fitted to the tree and not how a saddle looks on the horse.
“I see saddles on horses and know it’s the wrong tree for the horse, the shape of the head and rails of the tree do not follow the horse’s profile. A wooden spring tree will flex but it is still a solid construction made from wood and rein fused with steel. The panel may follow the horses profile but a solid construction of the tree will still cause pressure points across the horses back and seriously restrict the horse’s movement and comfort."