At NSC our mission is comfort, connection and beauty between you and your horse. Our saddles are designed to fit, and built to perform.
We are passionate about designing and fitting beautiful English saddles for you and your horse, so that you can enjoy your precious riding time to the fullest, whether for you that is rides on the beach, chasing your Olympic dreams, or anything in between.
Our saddles don’t only allow you to perform to the highest level – you can also choose from a range of designs to really express yourself – whether you are a real traditionalist or all about the bling! We have a nationwide team of dedicated experts on hand to work with you to find your perfect fit, and a talented and highly experienced team of master craftsmen in England who craft each beautifully finished saddle to our own New Zealand-market specific designs.
Where it all began
NSC – The English Saddle Co was formed in 2017 by the merger of two of the biggest English saddle companies in New Zealand: National Saddle Centre NZ (NSC) and The English Saddle Company Ltd.
The National Saddle Centre and its mobile saddle fitting concepts was founded in the UK in 1992 by Josephine Dancy. NSC arrived in New Zealand in 2002 and quickly became the country's largest and most trusted mobile saddle fitting service.
The English Saddle Company was formed in 2010 by Catherine Baxter (left), with the aim of bringing a wider choice of high quality, affordable, hand-made English leather saddles to New Zealand. Catherine originally launched the company in order to cater for the increasing popularity of broad, barrel-shaped horses, particularly with no wither, flat backs and large shoulders.
Our customers include those at every level from International and Olympic riders to absolute beginners – and every kind of equine breed, shape and measure of fitness imaginable. All receive the same high level of advice and service and receive unbiased advice on all brands of saddle.
We learn something from every one of our customers. Over the years our detailed records of saddle fittings (including assessments of the horse, drawings of the back, photos and videos) have grown to number into the thousands, and have provided both an enormous reference resource for us, and a tremendous teaching aid for future saddle fitters.
The monoflap Bascule has to be my all-time favourite saddle. It's a small and compact saddle and I love the close contact the mono flap creates, making you feel like you are part of the horse, not just sitting on top of them.
Ashleigh Mckinstry, Eventing Rider
With an ever-expanding team of saddle fitters around the country, NSC should be your first choice to work with you to find your best saddle solution.
Our Approved Saddle Fitters are currently based in nine locations and boast amongst them a Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) Master Saddler, fully qualified SMS Registered Qualified Saddle Fitters, and saddle fitters working towards their SMS qualifications.
NSC has a wide range of saddle styles and fits, and we are always working towards creating better saddles.