English saddles made in the UK, Fitted & Supplied Worldwide



About us

My name is Jane Smettem and I have enjoyed a lifelong involvement and love of the horse. My equestrian business is a second career and has evolved into Saddles Worldwide. I am based near Oakham in Rutland, England’s smallest county!

Many years ago I teamed up with Ian Jenkin of Minster Saddlery. Ian excels in finding solutions to fitting problems and working with you to create your Ideal saddle. He has years of experience and an excellent working relationship with Ideal and can call on their expertise as and when necessary. That excellent working relationship is with Rob Lugsden, the owner of ideal, chief designer of trees & saddles and the force behind this successful company. Not many fitters can talk with the designer and work with him to to make the precise choice of tree and design!

Saddles worldwide has happy customers all over the UK and all over the world: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Poland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Thailand….so far! A few saddles were standard models, some were standard models fitted to template, most were made to a very individual specification made possible by Ideal’s Design to Order service. It has been so enjoyable “meeting” all these lovely horses and their owners around the world.

Why Ideal?

We believe Ideal offer unrivalled choice, quality and flexibility at an excellent price.

The range covers all disciplines, at all levels for all riders and is further enhanced by the Designed to Order service. Ideal is the one major UK manufacturer to specialise in “made to order”.

A saddle is traditionally built upon a birchwood laminated frame with metal strapping and fixings. Ideal believe this remains the most versatile and robust foundation for producing saddles today. However, their saddles and designs are developed and continually fine tuned in response to changes in breeding, training and competing and the requirements of today’s horse and rider.