Wendy Tidbold – Saddler

Wendy Tidbold lives on her property, Hilltop Haven at Sheldon 30 kilometers south east of Brisbane where she operates her business Wendy’s Saddlery.

  • Saddler with over 40 years experience.
  • Member – Saddlers and Harness Makers Association of Australia.
  • Certificate 3 in Leather Production
  • UK Saddlery Training Centre

Wendy has been riding horses nearly all her life and has been competing in dressage and show jumping competitions. Being both a Saddler and an experienced equestrian rider gives Wendy an insight into her customer’s specific requirements.

Her customers come from all over Australia as well as New Zealand.

Member – Saddlers and Harness Makers Association of Australia

As a member of the network of Saddlers and Harness Makers Association of Australia, Wendy promotes quality Australian made products. The exchange of information between members of this Association helps Wendy keep up to date with evolving trends and saddlery techniques, including the use of new materials.

Master Saddlers Australia and United Kingdom

Apart from learning from the limited number of Master Saddlers in Australia, she had the opportunity to work under two Master saddlers in the UK at the Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury. There she acquired the finer skills in the making of both Dressage and Side Saddles.

Wendy’s Workshop

She has a fully equipped workshop which includes a range of both “light duty” and “heavy duty” sewing machines enabling her to handle both large and small customer orders. Top grade quality leather is sourced from both Australian and UK suppliers. She takes great pride in her work and enjoys the reward of having many satisfied customers.


She has featured on a number of television shows, Discovery TV documentary in the UK, various magazines in Australia and New Zealand including the Australian Women’s Weekly – (The Last of their Kind).