FB IMG 1482076478426About me:::

I started in the business when I could not find a quality built saddle to fit my Friesian stallion within an affordable price range.  I found all the saddles that fit my special need, wide backed large shoulder horse that I also found comfortable were all very expensive.  My first opportunity to try a Zaldi was from a friend to purchased used. That is when I fell in love with the Zaldi saddles.  After 18 months of searching for my own Zaldi with no luck I contacted Zaldi themselves.  As a wholesaler, they would not sell me a saddle, there was no retailer in Canada. I thought to myself, I can’t be the only person looking for a quality saddle for a hoop shaped backed horse,  offering comfort and position for the rider, in an moderate price range. From that moment, Zaldi and I entered into a business relationship, negotiation the Canadian Distribution for Zaldi.  That was nearly 10 years ago.

Since that time, I have meet and helped numerous horse people across Canada and the US, setting up dealers in B.C and Ontario.  The business has shown me there is a need for these saddles, that here is more then just English and western riders, the baroque world has grown in popularity. I’m having fun bringing in interesting and unique accessories for my customers who want unique.  This has brought me to adding a new line of saddles by DP Saddlery, a German based company, supplied out of the US.  They offer a very unique line of saddle to compliment to the Spanish and Portuguese saddles from Zaldi. The characteristic of these saddles that got my attention, besides the uniqueness of design, is the large flat panels, that distribute the riders weight over a larger area.  The big feather that DP offers is the patented Allen wrench adjustment, so the rider can make there own adjustments and not need a saddle fitter every time.

I look forward to where my journey will take me in this unique and fun world I have discovered.

Joanne Metz- Laberge
Business: 1-403-548-1860
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Zaldi -  Tradition and Technology.  4 generation saddles artisans from Spain.  Research and development, using the latest technology, always improving traditional styling, using only the highest quality materials.

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Shop DP SADDLERY

Shop DP SADDLERY

DP Saddlery LP - the Saddlemaker.  Extraordinary design, German engineering, continuously adjustable saddle system that allows the rider to easily narrow or widen the width as necessary

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Shop VMCS

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VMCS Selaria Europe - from Portugal to the World.   Imported to Canada - Traditional Portuguese handmade saddles & tack with attention to quality and workmanship.  Baroque, Portuguese and Working Equitation Saddles & Tack.

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Mobile Tack Store

Dark Horse Saddlery is a mobile tack unit available for booking at your clinics, shows and events.  We are currently scheduled to be on location for the following events in 2018.

May 27, 2018 - Working Equitation at Kaspian Equestrian Show, Olds, Alberta

July 28 - 29, 2018 - Working Equitation Show,  Cochrane, AB

September 1 - 3, 2018 - Working Equitation Show, Millarville, AB Sept 1-3

Sept 15 - 16, 2018 - Gypsy Vanner Show at Horse In Hand, Blackfalds, AB 

 

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Testimonials

  • Love My Saddle!

    I just wanted to let you know that I absolutely love love love my saddle! Its beautiful and it turned out better than I ever dreamed! It’s already made such a huge difference for me and for Gus in our riding. It fits him like a glove and he goes so well in it. There is no shifting or sliding around and I feel so secure in it. It’s so nice to not have to feel like I need to keep readjusting the saddle as I’m riding. It’s the absolute best fitting saddle (probably the only saddle that’s ever truly fit) I’ve ever put on him in the seven and a half years I’ve had him. I can’t thank you enough for everything and all the time that you spent helping me and getting this saddle ordered for me! I attached a pic of us from our lesson tonight! Hopefully I can get some better pictures of him in the saddle over the weekend! 

    Michaela

     

  • Susan is the nice lady that will plan your decoration project with you and make sure that all your wishes are fulfilled. Experience has shown that bringing her cake will get you an extra consultation. Susan is a cinephile and will find a fitting Tarantino quote for any situation.
  • Tony is our very talented interior architect who knows how to make the best out of little space and get light into the darkest basement. In short, he can make a shack look like a loft. Imagine what he can do, if your place is already pretty decent. Oh, and he's got phenomenal hair.
  • Tyler acquired her love for handmade furniture very early in life, her dad being a carpenter. Everything that she takes under her critical eye becomes an original, high quality piece, combining retro style with modern elegance. She likes single malt scotch, playing drums and kitties.
  • Love My Saddle!
  • Susan Jones Client Manager
  • Tony Hawking Interior Architect
  • Tyler Stevenson  Product Designer
Where to Find Us

Dark Horse Saddlery is a mobile tack unit available for booking at your clinics, shows and events.  We are currently scheduled to be on location for the following events in 2018.

May 27, 2018 - Working Equitation at Kaspian Equestrian Show, Olds, Alberta

July 28 - 29, 2018 - Working Equitation Show,  Cochrane, AB

September 1 - 3, 2018 - Working Equitation Show, Millarville, AB Sept 1-3

Sept 15 - 16, 2018 - Gypsy Vanner Show at Horse In Hand, Blackfalds, AB