Dragonfly Saddlery is a family run business, established more than thirty years ago by husband and wife team Sue and Richard Paine. Both are Master Saddler approved saddlers, passing their City & Guilds exams in 1981 and 1983 respectively.
From humble beginnings in a small room on Hurstpierpoint High Street where people took their leatherwork to be repaired, Dragonfly Saddlery quickly expanded, moving to a premises in Ditchling. While Richard drove all over Sussex saddle fitting, Sue ran the small shop, selling riding boots, breeches, riding boots, body protectors, rugs and much more. In 2009, the business expanded again, moving to a much larger premises in Hassocks, benefitting from a lot more space as well as a private car park for customers, and was joined by Holly, one of Sue and Richard's daughters.
This year, 2015, the decision was made to close the shop itself and focus instead on saddle fitting and the online part of the business. This will allow Sue and Richard a lot more freedom and availability to be out saddle fitting, something they both enjoy and are very experience at. Our client base stretches across the south east, encompassing Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and London, and our range of saddles has increased to include brands such as Prestige, Fairfax, Kent & Masters, Ideal, Bliss of London, John Whitaker, Amerigo and Equipe.
Our online products range from riding hats, body protectors, riding boots, breeches, rugs, casual clothing, bridles, and lots more, with brands such as Tredstep, Rugged, Equetech, Bucas, Charles Owen, Gatehouse, Tuffa, Toggi and many more.
We will continue to do leather repairs and rug washing and repairs, but this is by appointment only, by phone or email. Our doors are closed to the public but we will gladly book a convenient time for customers to drop off or collect repairs. Saddle fitting is also by appointment only.