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About Us

Since the 1930’s, the Lowbridge family have been involved with the manufacture of saddles. Carl and Derek’s uncle, worked at one of Walsall’s major saddler’s.

In the 1960’s, after leaving school the two brothers joined him, where they trained, and both served five year apprenticeships. This gave them the foundation to produce top quality work. They continued to develop their skills over the next 40 years, and worked for various different saddlers. This was a beneficial experience, as it gave them an insight into all areas of the trade. They became proficient in machining, saddle cutting, pattern making and in designing and producing saddles to meet the individual, specific requirements of their customers.

In 1997, one of the brothers, Carl Lowbridge formed Cardanel Saddles. He produced high quality saddles for a number of English Equestrian Outlets. As the reputation of the Company grew, a substantial increase in orders followed.

In the year 2000, Carl was joined by his brother Derek and this enabled them to meet the increasing demand. In 2004 they increased their workforce and became incorporated. In addition to providing saddles for the equestrian trade in the UK, they now produce saddles for other world renowned major equestrian groups, exporting to Europe, the U.S.A and Canada.

The brothers continue to produce the very highest quality saddles for today’s discerning rider. Their saddles are produced exclusively in their own workshop by a small but highly skilled workforce, with many years of experience between them. The brothers remain focused on their commitment to ensure that the customer will always receive a product that is second to none in both quality and style.

The Society of Master Saddlers