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AgQuip 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Angus Barrett Roadshow has had a busy few months and is now on it's way to AgQuip in Gunnedah. This year AgQuip will be running from Tuesday, 22nd August to Thursday, 24th August. Angus will be there with the Roadshow, so it's a great opportunity to chat to him about our products or any queries that you have. 

We will have on display all our new and limited edition products (if they last that long!), as well as our saddlery classics such as bridles, saddle pads and handling gear, and our range of leather goods, including leather belts, knife pouches and bags.

Find us at Stall BB21.

If you know you're attending AgQuip this year, it's a good idea to pre-order your products now, to make sure that we have the products with us. It's also a great opportunity to organise saddle pads with custom embroidery, because these can be made up in advance and collected by you from AgQuip, saving you on any shipping costs.

PRE-ORDER HERE

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Ag-Grow Emerald Field Days 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Next week Angus will be heading to Emerald for the 2017 AgGrow Field Days.  AgGrow is on from Thursday, 6 July to Saturday, 8 July.  We will have all our saddlery & leather goods on display and it will be a great opportunity to chat to Angus in person with any questions or queries that you might have. With the speed this year is travelling, it might even be an opportunity to start putting together that Christmas wishlist! 

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Better Homes & Gardens

Thursday, 22 June 2017

OUR GREAT TOWN

Better Homes & Gardens visit our workshop

 

Word on the street is that Orange is the new Bordeaux! According to the latest tourism figures released by Destination NSW, the Orange region is leading the way for Central NSW tourism with over 1,000,000 visitors recorded in the last calendar year. Our awesome town has been featured recently in Qantas Insider magazine, the Rex magazine, the Golf Show, Sydney Weekender, and the new Food Miles magazine (to name just a few).  Orange even made it onto the new Australian edition of the Monopoly Board game, as one of only two NSW destinations and in the place of Park Lane no less! 

Tonight at 7pm, Better Homes & Gardens' entire 90 min show will be about Orange, including the Orange Show and the Orange Farmers Markets,.  And especially exciting for us will be a segment featuring Angus making one of our leather belts with the wonderful Tara Dennis. We're looking forward to watching tonight and hope you will enjoy the show too! Here's to all things regional and rural!  And if you're thinking about your next holiday or mini-break, then find out what all the fuss is about and put Orange on your bucket list!

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So we’ve been on the lookout for some good quality saddlecloths for a while now, ones that we’ll get many a globetrotting mile out of, and I’m pleased to say, I think we’ve found them. We’ve just received our package of fitted slimline pure wool saddle pads from Angus Barrett Saddlery and dare I say it, I’m thrilled to bits!

First things first, they’re made in Australia with 100% pure wool and designed specifically to suit the Australian environment – winning! Angus first designed these saddle pads 12 years ago and they’ve been in high demand ever since due to their proven quality and excellent fit. Seriously, we wanted something that didn’t slip or bunch up the sides, didn’t rub, was durable but breathable and most of all, comfortable for horse and rider! And our Angus Barrett saddle pads tick all these boxes.

I guess the fact that they’re made from pure wool is an added bonus. Ok, here’s the sheep farmer’s daughter coming out in me…If you think about it, wool is a natural fibre so it’s perfectly suited for use directly on a horse. It doesn’t cause any friction so there is no rubbing. AND it’s hard wearing, withstands dirt and dust and easy to clean. Tick, tick, tick!

Angus Barrett's Fitted Slimline to suit a stock/fender saddle

I must say I was intrigued as to why there were cut-outs down the centre of the pad, so I went and got the answer straight from the horse’s mouth – Angus! He said that the cut-outs sit along the wither and spine of the horse to provide greater airflow and a better fit. Makes perfect sense to me! The canvas wither patch and trims on the sides are going to be great protection against wear and tear. And the best part? You can simply soak these saddle pads in cold water and then hose them off to wash them.

Angus has pretty much thought of everything when it comes to the horse and rider’s comfort because these saddle pads come in three different thicknesses depending upon their use: 13mm for competition and close contact with your horse, 16mm for everyday use and 19mm for long, hot days in the saddle or if your horse is sore. AND you can have them embroidered! That’s right, we’ve got some gorgeous looking saddle pads with our Globetrotting logo embroidered on the side making them extra special and personal.

Personalise your Angus Barrett saddle pads

Here at Globetrotting HQ we’ve long been a support of Angus Barrett Saddlery but I think he’s outdone himself here, these saddle pads are some of the best we’ve seen. You can view the entire saddle pad range here.

So next time you see us, we’ll be wearing our stylish new Angus Barrett saddle pads and our horses will most definitely be thanking us for it!

Kate Johns is a self-described horse wanderer, dreamer, lover, writer and photographer. With her husband and young family, she leads unforgettable horse riding holidays and safaris all around the globe.  Kate has an amazing blog that documents these incredible journeys. To read more articles by Kate or to find out more about the incredible Globetrotting safaris check out www.globetrotting.com.au

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So for those of you who don't know....Angus has a bit of a thing for pocket knives. Sounds like a bit of a worry, but I guess using good knives comes with the trade! Anyway, for the last five years, we have been privileged to work with Robert Klaas in Germany on an exclusive range of Kissing Cranes pocket knives for Angus Barrett Saddlery.

Robert KLAAS is a family business, now in its seventh generation, based in Solingen, Germany. For over 180 years, they have been manufacturing a range of scissors, razors and household knives, and are best known for their pocket knives. Indeed, Robert Klaas is famous around the world for its Hen & Rooster and Kissing Cranes pocket knife brands.

We have just received our latest range, which has been years in the making, and we're very excited to share it with you. It has been hand crafted exclusively for us. As a guarantee to this proof of quality, the main blade on each knife is stamped with the words “Handmade in Germany for Angus Barrett” including the Angus Barrett trademark swirl as a mark of quality.

We have two different styles available with four different handles: genuine Stag Horn, Olive Wood, Snake Wood and Ebony Wood. As the knives are hand crafted, and made from genuine staghorn or wood, the handle on each knife is different, making every knife individual.

We thought we’d ask Angus a bit about why he chose to work with Robert Klaas on this new knife range and what he likes most about these particular knives...

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Angus Barrett's Droving Series - Chapter 3 - Watch Now 

With women on the rise in stock camps, as ringers and station hands, and with the recent celebration of International Women’s Day, we thought it timely to hero a female drover in the third iteration of our “Droving Series”.

We put it out to you all to nominate some girls who are mixing it with the blokes on the droving trail. We got a large number of responses and chose Chrissie French, an extraordinary mother of two who went droving with her two children when they were just six weeks and 2.5 years old, as our first lady drover to profile. I met up with Chrissie over the phone a couple of weeks ago, and had a great chat about some of her droving adventures over the years.

Interview with Chrissie French

Photo: (Left to right) The family Camp at Coolac, Chrissie with Dan and 6 week old baby Carlie in her Front Pack

Q>Tell us about your experiences droving. How did it all begin?

I grew up on the land, but when I left school I started working in a bank, and then as a foreign exchange consultant. I met my now husband, Matt French, through campdrafting. Matt and his father spent a lot of time on the road. When we met, the drought was bad and Matt was doing a lot of droving because of that. He asked me to go on one of his jobs with him, which was up near Moree and I said yes! We walked a mob of cattle around Barraba, Moree and back to Young. That was my first big droving job and the whole stint went for about 2 years.

Then Matt and I got married and we bought a half share in a farm at Cooma. That went well and after I had had our first baby, Dan, an opportunity arose to buy the second half of the farm, which is something we wanted to do. But we needed to raise the funds to support it and we felt that our best option at that point was to go droving again. So that’s how it came about that we were droving with Dan, who was 2.5 years old, and Carlie, who was just six weeks old.

Q> How long were you on the road with the two small kids?

That particular stint was about 22 months in which time we walked the cattle (owned by Hannaford Pastoral Company at Braidwood) over 5,500 kms. The cattle were unloaded at Boorowa and walked to Young, across to Harden and then down through the Kosciusko National Park via Gundagai and Tumut and back through Cooma, Delegate and finally back to Harden.

Q> What are your memories of droving with the kids? How did you juggle the demands of being a mum, a wife, a drover and a farmer?

One of the hardest things was keeping Dan safe! I remember I used to tie him to my belt! Generally, I’d lead Dan on his amazing little stockhorse pony (called Miss Drover!) and then I’d have Carlie with me on a front pack. 

Organisation was key. Each day was a seriously strict routine and we had to be careful to plan when we were going through towns. Food supplies had to be well organised, but most important was water.  Matt would often have the water cart and he’d sometimes have to go a long way to get water, which meant I was left on my own with the cattle and the kids. That was often challenging. I’d run the plant through and tie the horses (we generally had 6 to 7 with us) to the side of the truck.  It was hard having the babies and the cattle on my own, but to be honest it was even hard trying to hold down the farm on my own. It was much easier when Matt and I were together and working as a team.

Q> What was your camp like?

We had an Isuzu truck with a horse box, which we decked out and kept clean as a play area, so that Dan and Carlie could crawl around. We also had a caravan behind the truck, which we ate out of and used when other people came along.

Q>  Were there times that you resented being on the road or that you didn’t enjoy it out there?

There was one day that I would have given up droving, if it had been my first day! Matt had gone to fuel the water cart and he’d left me with the mob and the two kids. The trucks on the road were really bad at that particular time (it was just before Christmas) and the dogs were at risk of being run over. The reserve that we were on is fenced now, but at the time it was open. Anyway, Dan was being led and he’d gone to sleep in the saddle and I was trying to feed Carlie. The cattle were getting restless because there wasn’t much feed and only a tiny bit of water and they started to walk. There was a big sweeping bend up ahead and a bridge and town was not far away. I had to keep the cattle from reaching the bridge or town. The cattle were moving faster than I could with Dan and I just didn’t have enough dog power. In the end, I managed to keep the cattle from reaching the bridge or town, which were the two things I was most worried about, but it was a stressful day. When Matt got home he took me to the pub for dinner and there was a sign there that said, “The Cook’s Quit!” I took that as a sign that I should probably quit too and I nearly did!

Q>  What do you enjoy or value about droving?

I’ve learned a lot from droving.  It teaches you a lot about life; that you can live pretty basically and that there’s a lot that you don’t need. One of the biggest lessons too has been about the importance and value of water. It’s something I think we often take for granted. 

The cream of the job is getting young horses going and getting lots of miles under the belt, but I have to say we didn’t often have much time for drafting back then. Dan is 13 now and he is actually drafting his little pony, Miss Drover, who he first went droving with through Kosciusko when he was only 2.5. She’s a little ripper. She can do everything! Dan rides her in the Juvenile and Carlie rides her in the Junior. 

Q> What’s it like, droving as a female?

I saw a few female drovers over the years and I’ve got some really good friends that are drovers. I think as a female that I didn’t get treated any differently. The only thing I would say is that there is a bit of a perception out there that you’re droving because you can’t do anything else. But that’s not right. There are a lot of people out there that are educated. I studied accounting while I was droving and I met a lot of other, well educated people out there, doing it as a choice and a way of life. I think that some people don’t understand what it means to be a drover.  And how much droving can add value to both your stock and your farm. 

Q> Would you encourage your children, including your little girl, Carlie, to go droving?

People think droving is romantic. But once you’ve done it, romantic is not a word that comes to mind. But if you have a passion for cattle and horses, there are a lot worse jobs that you can do! And if Carlie was that way inclined and she wanted to have a go at it, I would not discourage it. She could get an education and still do it. 

On the whole, we’ve had some really special times droving with the kids. We’ve met amazing people from all walks of life and made some truly great friends - farmers, town folk and drovers alike. 

Photo: The water truck at Ando

 Photo: Droving through Kosciusko National Park

Photo: Droving Plant

Photos above courtesy of Chrissie French, Chansit Stud. Visit www.chansit.com.au

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What a busy start to the year it has been!  The Angus Barrett Roadshow made the trip down to the Royal Canberra Show and now it's back on the road again - next stop the Man From Snowy River Bush Festival in Corryong.

It will be the 22nd annual festival and whether you enjoy the horse events, the art exhibitions or a bit of poetry, the committee has organised an action packed weekend.

We will be trading from Thursday 30th March to Sunday 2nd April, bringing with us not only our range of saddlery, but also favourites from our leather goods range, including belts, gear bags, tote bags and knife pouches.

We are also sponsoring the event, which will mean that those who are competing in the Man From Snowy River Challenge have the chance to win one of our Pure Wool Saddle Pads. For those of you who aren't competing, but fancy a new saddle pad, just pop into our trade stand located at site #25 and have a chat with Angus about which of our pure wool saddle pads will best suit your needs.

We look forward to catching up with you all there. For more info, visit the MFSR site here.

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Angus Barrett Saddlery has been working with the Australian Stock Horse Society to produce an Angus Barrett competition pad that is eligible for ASH events.

The saddle pad is one of our pure wool Classic Standard Saddle Pads, 13mm thick, with the ASHS Logo embroidered in white on a green trim. These saddle pads are designed to fit your stock/fender saddles and measure 695mm wide x 710mm long.

These saddle pads can be purchased online, directly from the ASHS's merchandise store.

Alternatively, the ASHS will have these pads available for purchase at the following events:


Landmark Classic Trade Stand
AELEC, Tamworth
9th- 12th Feb


ASHS National Show 
AELEC, Tamworth
3rd-11th March
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Christmas 2016

Wednesday, 04 January 2017

With Christmas nearly here, we'd like to take a moment to thank you so sincerely for your support of our Australian made products and family business. It's been a privilege and a joy filling your wishlists this Christmas. We get such a thrill out of walking round the packing tables at this time of year, looking at where all the various parcels are going to - from NSW, down to VIC, SA and Tas, up to North QLD, over to WA, the NT, and across the ditch to NZ.

For those who had to wait or whose orders we were unable to fill, we'd like to thank you so much for your patience and understanding. We do our absolute upmost to fill every order in as timely a fashion as we can and to the best possible standard. Everything we sell is made here in our workshop in Orange and we've dispatched a huge number of orders from our store this year.

We'd like to thank our amazing team, Amy, Dale, Bec & Leia for all the work they put in to make dispatch happen as smoothly as possible this Christmas. A big thanks also to Angus' team in the workshop, Jim, Tanya, Janice, Amadine & Brett who have all done a stellar job supporting Angus. And finally congratulations and thanks to our wonderful team of girls, Nic, Shelley and Soph, in our new CBD store for managing our first down-town Christmas.

We hope that every order met with your expectations, but please make sure you provide us with any feedback. It's your feedback that helps us to continue to improve both our product design and our customer service.

Finally, we'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all the happiest of holidays. Stay safe and we hope you can enjoy some special time with your loved ones.

Best wishes, Angus & Sarah.

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#20 of 20 - Weekender

Wednesday, 04 January 2017

#20 of 20 - for the last of our 20 designs in 20 days series, we've got an oldie but a goodie. Our weekender bag has been with us for a few years now, but as with all our products, it is constantly evolving.

We still use the same Australian made rip-stop canvas, but compliment it now with a chocolate brown leather top, rolled leather handles and, as of this week, a stylish brass zipper and matching brass press studs and rivets.

These are beautifully made gear bags with special details, like leather piping and double stitched leather reinforcement on the handles. 

They are designed to fit as carry-on, overhead luggage - the perfect size for a weekend getaway or short business trip. 

Shop them in-store or online: https://angusbarrett.com.au/leather-goods/bags

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#19 of 20 - Lace Join Bridle

Wednesday, 04 January 2017

#19 of 20 - Angus' favourite bridle is his Lace Join. He loves it for it's simplicity and fit.

Angus first made this bridle with a matching breastplate, when he working as a bore mechanic at Rockhampton Downs (NT), in what feels like a lifetime ago!

The design features distinctive latigo lace joins and it's hand-made from selected, first-grade skirting leather and your choice of either brass or stainless steel half-heel buckles.

Shop it here.

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#18 of 20 - Giovanni Tote Bags

Thursday, 22 December 2016

#18 of 20 - Check out these curves! When I first suggested to Angus that he make hand bags he said words to the effect of "over my dead body". And now here we are with the release of our second handbag - the Giovanni Tote! Ha! Never say never!

The Giovanni is curvaceous and stylish, made from a beautiful Italian leather, and featuring two internal pockets and a magnet close.

And just in time for Christmas Angus has finished a special run in a stunning Red! So come on gents! If you've left it to the last minute, here's a perfect solution. Come on down to the shop (191 Summer St, Orange), open today until 6pm.

We have them in Brown and Black in-store and online and the Red in-store only for now. Shop the Brown and Black online here.

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#17 of 20 - Brunet Belt

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

#17 of 20 - is one of our most popular belts - the Brunet. Angus and the team have been finding it hard to keep up with demand, but they've just successfully finished a new run.

The Brunet is designed to be a bit of an all-rounder, one that you can wear to work, to the pub, into town or out on the town! We've recently upgraded it with the use of a beautiful English leather that Angus came across on his travels last year.

The stand out feature of this new leather is it's density. It's incredibly hard-wearing, only lightly oiled and will last for many, many years. Complimented by solid brass or stainless steel buckles, our Brunet belt is only $95 and makes a perfect gift: https://angusbarrett.com.au/leather-goods/belts 

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Christmas Trading Hours

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Our team is heading off on a well earned break, with our North Orange store and workshop closing down for the Christmas period.

Our North Orange store will be closed from the 24th December 2016 to 2 January 2017 and will re-open again on Tuesday, 3rd January 2017.  Any online orders placed after 23 December 2016 will be dispatched from Tuesday, 3rd January 2017.

Our Summer Street Store in Orange will be open through the Christmas period as follows and can be contacted on
0408980896:

Saturday 24th December 8.30 am - 3pm
Sunday 25th December CLOSED
Monday 26th December CLOSED
Tuesday 27th December CLOSED
Wednesday 28th December CLOSED
Thursday 29th December CLOSED
Friday 30th December 9am - 5.30pm
Saturday 31st December 8.30am - 3pm
Sunday 1st January CLOSED
Monday 2nd January CLOSED
Tuesday 3rd January 9am - 5.30pm

 

Normal trading hours will resume from Tuesday, 3rd January.

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 #16 of 20 - our new Document & Tablet cases. These beauties are made from a fantastic Australian kangaroo leather, which is beautifully soft, but also beautifully hard-wearing. It just gets better and better with use and age, which makes it the perfect leather for a product like this that gets lots of handling.

A great gift idea for Dad as something he can throw on the dash and take to meetings. They are fine enough for Mums too though, with special little details like the hand-stitching on the corners and hand-plaited zipper pulls. They're designed to fit A4 and up to foolscap documents.

They can also be used as a tablet case, fitting the iPad and iPad Pro ranges with ease. Our range offers you the selection of two different types of kangaroo leather - one with a natural matte finish and one with a gloss finish.

The glossy finish is a semi-aniline leather which is thinner and has a lighter feel, making it ideal for the urban/city lifestyle or corporate environment. The matte finish has a thicker and heavier feel, more suited to the outdoors and all its elements.

Both come in two choices of colour: black or brown. We have almost sold out of the Brown in both the matte and the gloss, but still have plenty of Black in stock. $235. Shop them instore or online here.

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#15 of 20 - Nose Bags

Monday, 19 December 2016

#15 of 20 - Angus has updated the design of our Nose Bag, with mesh sides that go from the top right down to the bottom of the bag.

This improves drainage & makes the bag cooler with increased airflow. The new design also features leather reinforced patches for the poll strap that intentionally sit off centre, so that the nose bag is comfortable for your horse to wear.

Shop them here.

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#14 of 20 - Knee Hobbles

Sunday, 18 December 2016

#14 of 20 - if you're thinking about working horses over the holiday period, then this one could be of interest to you. Our Knee Hobbles are designed as a training aid, to help teach horses to stand safely.

To make these hobbles, we choose the best possible leather, which means that there is no need for them to be lined with abrasive webbing. Angus also cleverly uses squares, instead of rings, which helps to enable quick and quiet application and removal.

We then fully stitch them along the border and around all the holes, to prevent them from tearing. These are an ideal working hobble, suitable for when working in a round yard with young horses or for teaching horses to stand in the paddock or to wait at gateways. $150.

Shop them here.

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#13 of 20 - Pro 2 Gear Bag

Sunday, 18 December 2016

#13 of 20 - and we're excited to announce that the Pro 2 Gear Bag is back! Originally designed by Angus for cowboys, the Pro 2 has proved to be popular with rural fire fighters, ringers, school leavers and anyone in need of a bag that can take a lot of hard wearing!

It features 6 internal prockets with velcro and 2 large external zipper pockets. Made from Australian-made, heavy duty, water resistant, rip-stop canvas, the Angus Barrett Pro 2 Gear Bag is designed for heavy loads and hard work.

Shop our gear bag range here.

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#12 of 20 - Working Dog Collars

Sunday, 18 December 2016

#12 of 20 - our new Working Dog Collars. For these working collars, we have chosen a first grade chrome leather, which is tanned to withstand the elements. It is super durable and strong, but also soft and comfortable to wear.

Our working dog collars are available in two sizes and feature a solid, stainless steel buckle and ring. If you'd like to personalise the dog collar, we can add a stainless steel plaque on request.

Contact the shop for a quote for personalisation, or shop the collars online here.

Also pictured here - our Australian Kangaroo leather Document & Tablet Cases.

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#11 of 20 - Annabella Totes

Thursday, 15 December 2016

#11 of 20 - is a little bit of luxury. We have just finished a new run of our classic Annabella totes, with a new aniline leather sourced from our favourite French tannery.

As well as being incredibly soft and beautiful to touch, this aniline leather is super durable and easier to clean. Like our previous design, this elegant tote features French seams, hemp lining, two inside pockets, rolled leather handles and a magnet close.

These bags are exceptionally well made and will be your favourite bag for years and years to come. We have almost sold out of the black and grey, but still have some chocolate and caramel available. Shop them here.

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#10 of 20 - Pure Wool Saddle Pads

Thursday, 15 December 2016

#10 of 20 - we're half way through our 20 designs in 20 days and so it seems appropriate to feature one of our most popular products - our Pure Wool Saddle Pad.

Angus first designed our saddle pads approx. 13 years ago. By combining the best pure wool and a design to specifically suit an Australian saddle and environment, he created a product that has proven quality and fitting with over a decade of results.

Our saddle pads are made using only one piece of felt, without any stitching down the centre. This provides unrivalled strength and prevents the risk of the pad falling apart.

The quality of the wool that we use ensures that the pad conforms perfectly to your horse's back, preventing rubbing and friction. Our saddle pads are available in a range of shapes, thicknesses and colours to provide you with the option that best suits you.

All Angus Barrett Saddle pads are guaranteed to be durable and long lasting in any environment. This really is a great product - one of our best. Shop them here.

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#9 of 20 - Soft Cotton Reins

Thursday, 15 December 2016

#9 of 20 - Did you know that we make our soft cotton reins with 100% Australian grown cotton? Yep. Makes us smile! Shop them here

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#8 of 20 - Station Bridles

Monday, 12 December 2016

#8 of 20 - a snapshot of our new Station Bridle design. And it's all in the details! In one of those 'ah-ha!' moments, earlier this year Angus came up with a unique new design for the keepers on our Station Bridles which prevents them from slipping down the cheek strap (one of his pet hates!).

It's taken some considerable prototyping and design work, but we think the end result is both super useful and also pretty beautiful. I particularly like the little hand-stitch on the back.

Let us know what you think? You can shop our station bridles here: https://angusbarrett.com.au/saddlery/bridles/station-bridles 

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#7 of 20 - PLB Pouches

Sunday, 11 December 2016

#7 of 20 - Today we're featuring our PLB Pouches. We've told the story behind the design of these products before, but we think it's worth telling again, because safety for remote and rural workers is probably not something that gets quite enough air time.

About this time two years ago, Angus had a pretty bad horse accident while visiting his Dad on a relatively remote property, mostly without phone service. During his recovery, Angus thought a lot about what had happened and also about what would happen to his Dad if he had a similar accident when he was up there on his own.

Being involved in the aviation industry, Angus was already familiar with ELTs – (Emergency Locator Transmitters) and while in hospital Angus started researching further into emergency response technology to see what was available and suitable for use on the land. He learned about Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), which are small devices that communicate via satellite. Emergency services or assigned contacts can be alerted at the push of the button. It's simple technology and life-saving.

Angus went about designing a carry pouch for PLBs, to encourage farmers and remote workers to carry the PLB device with them all day, every day. It needed to be a pouch that was sturdy, user-friendly, easy to wear and one that wouldn't get in the way or be damaged.

As a result we now have the Angus Barrett PLB pouches. They’re compact, but made from a heavy duty, first grade leather that is blocked perfectly to fit 2 different devices.

They sit comfortably on your belt, just like a knife pouch, only more secure. The pouches are sewn by hand with a sunken stitch to protect the thread and keep the pouch firm and supportive. They are also designed to give the wearer the choices as to whether the pouch sits on the left or right hip and in a horizontal or vertical position. It’s the perfect pouch for a rural or industrial application and is definitely something to think about as a solution for anyone working remotely or by themselves.

Read more about them here: https://bit.ly/2gKX2wA or please feel free to get in touch for more details (info@angusbarrett.com.au or ph. 0263611601).

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#6 of 20 - Tie Up Halter

Sunday, 11 December 2016

#6 of 20 - is our Tie-up Halter. This product came about because Angus had always used an old girth as a neck tie and a rope halter as a combination when teaching young horses to tie up (the rope halter to take the initial pressure and the old girth to take the load and help prevent injury to the poll).

He found the use of two leads awkward and inconvenient, so designed this new Tie-up Halter to do the job of both the neck tie and the rope halter.

It is a product which is designed to do the upmost to protect your horses' pressure points, with a 50mm protective leather pad along the poll and on the nose pad to distribute pressure and prevent rubbing.

Our Tie-up Halter is adjustable on both sides so that the leather pad on the poll strap remains centred, ensuring that it fits neatly between the ears on the pressure point of the poll. There are also two buckles on the nose band for even adjustment, so that the halter can be used on different size horses from a young horse through to an older horse.

Recent improvements to our original design include the use of a seriously heavy duty chrome leather sourced out of Europe especially for our hobbles and handling range, and a new and extremely strong load-binder webbing.

You can read more about our Tie-up Halter here: http://bit.ly/2gkWDjd or request a hard copy catalogue (order here). Team it with one of our lead ropes, made from Australian-made yachting rope (and a bowline knot), and you have a super quality product that will give you comfort and reliability when training young horses to tie up for the first time. 

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#5 of 20 - Medium Canvas Gear Bag

Thursday, 08 December 2016

#5 of 20 - Now here's a seriously good looking stocking stuffer! Ha! Now that I've got your attention, I'm talking about our medium canvas gear bag!

It's a super practical gear bag, made from Australian made, rip-stop canvas.

The leather-reinforced, webbing handles wrap right around the bag, ensuring that they don't tear or come away. And we have included a heavy duty lockable zipper and an internal pocket.

These bags are made for durability and are great for travel and any type of gear.

Only $155. Shop them online here: https://angusbarrett.com.au/canvas-gear-bag or request a hard copy of our catalogue (order here).

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#4 of 20 - Button Close Knife Pouch

Thursday, 08 December 2016

#4 of 20 - Our button close knife pouch. Rather than tell you about how this little beauty is made (which you can read about here), I might tell you about how the photo was made.

Last year we took a crew up to the Namoi River to film Troy Palmer and his droving team. We wanted to capture our products in use, in the environment that they were designed for.

Anyway, I was hunting down a spot for some bridle shots and came across our photographer squatting in the grass. He'd found this beautiful old fallen down tree and had a brilliant, impromptu moment shooting our pouches range on it's incredible bark.

I love the way that one natural material speaks so well to another. It's the simple things... 

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#3 of 20 - Quick Release Hobbles

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

#3 of 20 - One of Angus' favourite past-times is breaking and training young horses. In fact, our Christmas 'holiday' often consists of a trip to his Dad's where he's always been able to find sufficiently green and eager candidates!

So I guess it's no surprise that one of our best-selling, most successful products is our Quick Release Hobbles. It would be hard for Angus to pick a favourite product, but he definitely spends countless hours refining the design of his handling and training range.

One thing that I really admire about the process that he goes through is the fact that his focus is not only on the user's experience, but also on the experience for the horse.

The Quick Release Hobbles for example are designed not just to make it easy for you to get the hobbles on and off quickly and quietly, but also to make it less daunting and more straightforward for the horse. And of course, reliability is key.

So for this product we have spent years (and lots of travel time) sourcing the best possible leather for the job.

We use a seriously heavy duty, chrome-tanned harness leather from Europe, that is tanned specifically with durability and exposure to the elements in mind.

We then line this with a veg-tanned harness leather protective pad to help prevent chaffing or marking.

You can shop our entire hobbles range online or request a hard copy of our catalogue (order here).

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#2 of of 20 - Harness Belt

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

#2 of 20 - Today we're featuring our Harness Leather belt. Angus named this belt after the harness leather we originally used to make this striking casual belt. But, like all our products, it has evolved over time and we have now chosen a seriously dense and hard-wearing, first grade English leather.

It will remain our "Harness" Belt though, because it's a classic in our range and always popular for it's double-stitching that not only looks smart, but helps the belt to retain it's shape and strength over time.

The new English leather is an improvement to an already seriously good quality belt. And as always, we've teamed it with either stainless steel or solid brass hardware (no nickel-plating here!).

You can shop all or belts online or request a hard copy catalogue (order here). 

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#1 of 20 - Surefit Bridles

Monday, 05 December 2016

#1 of 20 - With just 20 days to go until Christmas, we thought this would be the best time to showcase and explain some of our designs. So here goes it - 20 designs in 20 days!

First off is a product that in it's early days kicked started Angus' business. In fact the first ever Angus Barrett 'range' was a gear bag, some chaps, one bridle and a matching pair of reins. So it seems appropriate to start this series with one of those original products. 

This particular bridle is a new variation of one of Angus' tried and tested designs, namely our "Tassa" bridle. It's part of our Surefit Bridle range, named accordingly because of the ability to slide the brow band up or down on the poll strap and throat latch. The Tassa features conchos on the brow between the poll strap and throat latch and at the bottom of the buckle-to-bit part.

This particular Tassa bridle features a brow which we have hand-braided with rawhide. And it's worn here with pride by Binnia Sniper.

There are 8 variations of the Tassa Bridle, priced from $225 - and you can check them all out online here or by requesting one of our hard-copy catalogues (order here).

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Order in time for Christmas

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

It is that time of year again and Christmas is just around the corner (where has the time gone?)

We will be dispatching orders right up until Friday, 23rd December, and our Summer Street store in Orange, NSW will be open up until and including Saturday, 24th December.

Due to the higher volume of postage at this time of year, Australia Post are experiencing some longer then average delivery times. They have suggested that all orders dispatched by Tuesday, 13th December will arrive in time for Christmas and they cannot guarantee the delivery time for orders after this date. To estimate your delivery time, please click here.

We encourage you to get your orders in early so that you don't miss out. We are also getting low in stock on some products, so now's the time to get your wishlist sorted. 

Also, don't forget that we offer Express and Extra Cover (insured) shipping options. These can be selected in your shopping cart. By selecting Extra Cover, your items will be covered if they are lost or damaged during delivery.

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Catalogue Awards

Monday, 24 October 2016

Angus Barrett Saddlery & Leather Goods has recently won two major awards at the recent Australasian Catalogue Awards for its 2015 Product Catalogue. The annual awards were recently held at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne and Angus Barrett won in two categories, Online Retailer and Best in Class. Other finalists included Woolworths, Optus and online retailer Hard to Find.

We are extra proud because, not only do we produce the catalogue in-house (with the help of some very talented people, including Sharon Misko​ and Tim Ashton), but we also make ourselves all the product that goes in the catalogue.

Yay for Aussie Made and yay for small biz! Thanks so much to our team and to all the incredibly special people who so generously contributed. To order one of our award-winning catalogues (for free!), go to: https://angusbarrett.com.au/sign-up-for-catalogue/ or send us an email info@angusbarrett.com.au.

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New Store

Friday, 21 October 2016

Our new Saddlery & Leather Goods Store is now open! All the products in the shop are proudly designed and made by us in our workshop in Orange, and Angus and his team have also handcrafted the new shop fit-out, right down to the timber, brass and copper cabinetry, shelves and belt racks.

If you are in or around Orange, please make sure you drop in and say hi and let us know what you think. We're open 7 days a week and we'd love to show you around.

The store is located at 191 Summer Street, Orange, NSW and can be contacted by phoning 0408980896.

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Equitana 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow is heading back to Melbourne for Equitana 2016.

The team is excited to be once again attending this event, as it is the horse enthusiasts heaven, showcasinging a fantastic mix of discliplines and interests. We look forward to catching up with our customers, and will be bringing along our saddlery classics, such as bridles, saddle pads and bags, as well as, a new range of leather goods.

We will be situated in the outdoor Trucking and Float area, so drop by and say hello.

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Agquip 2016

Friday, 24 June 2016

We are back on the road again this August for Commonwealth Bank's AgQuip.

Angus and Wendy will be at the field days in Gunnedah from Tuesday, 16 August to Thursday, 18 August.

We will have something to suit everyone with a wide range of premium quality leather belts and pouches, and of course our hand crafted saddlery products including: bridles, breastplates, leather and rope reins, as well as, our saddle pads in a range of colours. 

Also keep an eye out for our new wallets and diary covers that we have been working on.

To find out more about AgQuip, please click here.

See you there!

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Remote Worker Safety Devices – Information Sheet

 

Angus Barrett Pty Ltd currently stocks the:

1)      rescueME PLB1 (Personal Locator Beacon); and

2)      SpotGen 3 Messenger (Personal Satellite Communicator).

We have designed and make a pouch specifically for both of these devices.

 

Please note the information provided is based on information provided by the Australian Distributor and supplier, All Sat Communications.

While we have made reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information, we make no warranties or representations

as to the accuracy of the information and assume no liability or responsibility for any error or omission in the content below.

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Remote Worker Safety

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

     As some of you may know, Angus had a pretty bad horse accident about 18 months ago. A rescue helicopter and three major surgeries later, things are looking promising, but he was lucky. 

The accident happened working young horses at his father’s place over the Christmas break. I was in the house, happily watching the cricket with our then 4 month old baby. I heard the working dogs barking and sensed something was not right. Instinct kicked in and I went outside to find Angus’ horse at the yards, but not Angus. I went back to the house, grabbed William and my mobile and started running.  Before long, I could hear Angus. The rest is history, but needless to say, had it not been for his proximity to the house paddock and the fact that we had phone coverage nearby, it would have been a very different story.  

During his recovery, Angus thought a lot about what had happened.  He thought especially about the fact that his father lived on his own and worked alone most days, 40km from town on 8,500 acres and had been doing so for years and years.  There was no one there who was going to run to his aid and he doesn’t carry a phone because there is very limited phone coverage.  
 
Being involved in the aviation industry, Angus was already familiar with ELTs – (Emergency Locator Transmitters) and while in hospital Angus started researching further into emergency response technology to see what was available and suitable for use on the land. It needed to be a device that was small enough that it could be carried on a belt and tough enough to handle the rural working environment. From his research he learned there are 3 main emergency response devices:
 
     - the ELT – (Emergency Locator Transmitter), designed for the aviation industry;
     - the EPIRB – (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), designed for the nautical industry; and
     - the PLB – (Personal Locator Beacon), designed for bush walking, trekking and other land based uses. 
 
PLBs are small devices that communicate via satellite. Emergency services or assigned contacts can be alerted at the push of the button. It’s simple technology and life-saving. After years of growing up and working on remote sheep and cattle stations and remote mining and drilling camps, it was surprising to Angus that he had never come across these devices before. 
It's sad that in life we often have to face adversity or reality before we do something about it. I find it frustrating for example, as the daughter of a community nurse, that our first corporate purchase order for PLBs came just after the death of remote nurse, Gayle Woodford in Western Australia.  That said, it’s always better late than never.  

Since Angus’ accident, we’ve thought a lot about what we can do to improve remote worker safety and in particular, what we can do to make PLBs more appealing and user friendly to remote workers. We realised that one thing that was missing was a good way to carry the device in any situation, whether it be on a horse, bike, tractor, working in the yards or fencing. The PLBs need a sturdy and user-friendly protective carry case, that is easy to wear and won’t get in the way or be damaged.
 
rescueME PLB1 Personal Locator Beacon & Pouch SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger & Pouch
rescueME PLB1 
Personal Locator Beacon & Pouch
SPOT Gen3
Satellite GPS Messenger & Pouch
 
So Angus started designing a pouch for these beacons that would be perfectly suited to a rural or agricultural application.  As he said, “There’s no good selling a life saving device to a remote worker, unless it’s tough enough to handle the harshest working environments and they can have it with them always, without even thinking about it.” As a result we now have the Angus Barrett PLB pouches.  They’re compact, but made from a heavy duty, first grade leather that is blocked perfectly to fit 2 different devices. They sit comfortably on your belt, just like a knife pouch, only more secure. The pouches are sewn by hand with a hidden stitch to protect the thread. They are also designed to give the wearer the choices as to whether the pouch sits on the left or right hip and in a horizontal or vertical position. It’s the perfect pouch for a rural or industrial application and is definitely something to think about as a solution for anyone working remotely or by themselves.
PLB Leather Pouches
As well as designing the pouches for the PLBs, we are working hard to promote the use of PLBs in the rural and agricultural industries and we have partnered with AllSat Communications to stock the devices themselves.

As way of giving back, Angus Barrett Saddlery is very proud to be donating $5 from every PLB sold from now until the end of financial year to the Royal Flying Doctors and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Both these organisations do such an incredible job looking after us.  Please help us with this cause by sharing this newsletter with anyone that you think may benefit from these devices and pouches or may be interested in finding out more about them. We think that PLBs are something that will be immensely useful to people and no doubt have the potential to save lives in the future. 

 For more information about the two different devices -

see our information sheet.

CORPORATE AND EOFY ORDERS VERY WELCOME
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It's all in the details! Angus has come up with a unique new design for the keepers on our Station Bridles which prevents them from slipping down the cheek strap. What do you think? We'd love to hear your feedback!


Shop our Station Bridles here:https://angusbarrett.com.au/saddlery/bridles/station-bridles

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We generally recommend not using anything under our saddle pads.

The reason for this is that our saddle pads are made out of 100% pure wool, and because wool is a natural fibre, it is ideal for use directly against your horse's spine. It allows high breathability and promotes good air flow. When placing a towel or mesh underlay beneath the pad, you do risk restricting this airflow and the pad’s ability to conform to your horse’s back.

It also adds another layer between the horse and saddle, allowing for more chance of slippage. This slippage could result in friction or rubbing on the horse’s back.

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New Pure Wool Saddle Pad - Cleanskin

 

TO CELEBRATE WOOL WEEK 2016, WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT OUR NEW CLEANSKIN PURE WOOL SADDLE PAD MADE FROM 100% PURE WOOL 

 

Something special for Mum this Mother's Day - Tote Bag
Images from Kerrawah, Coolah, where Angus grew up.
Both Angus and I grew up on sheep properties and know only too well the work that sheep farmers put into producing Australia's world renowned wool. Wool Week is a great annual initiative, which runs globally and was established by its patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, to raise awareness about the unique natural qualities of wool and the ecological advantages that it delivers. 

The Australian Wool Week is run by the Campaign for Wool and is funded by a number of wool bodies, including Woolmark. Some of Australia’s biggest apparel retailers have joined boutique shops, designers and woolgrowers in celebrating Australia’s wool industry for Wool Week 2016. 

We are proud to support the cause this year by launching a new pure wool and Australian made product in the Angus Barrett range - our new Cleanskin Saddle Pad.  
 
Kerrawah Woolshed
 
ABOUT OUR NEW CLEANSKIN PURE WOOL SADDLE PADS
Our Classic Saddle Pads are some of the most practical and popular saddle pads currently used throughout rural Australia. Our new Cleanskin Pad is made from the same first grade, pure wool felt, just without the coloured canvas trims. It is an ideal option as a working pad, specifically designed with the Australian working environment in mind.  

Because wool is a natural fibre, it is ideal for use directly against your horse's spine. The natural crimp of wool provides outstanding elasticity and resilience and the quality of wool that we use ensures that the pad bonds and conforms perfectly to your horse's back, preventing friction and rubbing. 
Wool is extremely hard wearing and the quality way in which the wool is felted for our pads, delivers even greater strength, durability and shock absorbency. The wool withstands penetration of dirt and dust better than synthetics and is easy to clean.  The natural properties of wool also ensure that any moisture wicks away from your horse's back, promoting airflow and insulating against both cold and heat. Moisture absorption and release are gradual, so the wool is slow to feel damp and does not chill you horse by drying too rapidly. 

Our new range of Cleanskin pads is available now on our website. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us on 0263611601.
Cleanskin Saddle Pad - three different thicknesses  
Available in three different thicknesses
and discounts for bulk purchases.
 
Cleanskin Saddle Pad - 13mm  
13mm thick - $140 each or $125 each in bulk purchases of 10 or more  

Cleanskin Saddle Pad - 16mm

16mm thick - $160 each or $145 each in bulk purchases of 10 or more

Cleanskin Saddle Pad - 19mm

19mm thick - $180 each or $160 each in bulk purchases of 10 or more

 

All prices quoted above are inclusive of GST.
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The Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow will be back on the road after a few busy months at home. You will next see us at this year's Polocrosse Nationals, held by the Albury / Holbrook Polocrosse Club at the Albury Equestrian Centre, NSW.

Angus and the retail team will be trading from Tuesday, 19 April to Sunday 24 April 2016.

We will have something to suit everyone with a wide range of premium quality leather belts and pouches, and of course our hand crafted saddlery products.

Also keep an eye out for some our new products we have been working on.

For more information on the event, please click here

We hope to see you there!

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 Angus Barrett's Droving Series - Chapter 2 - Watch Now 

“In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy
Gone a-droving 'down the Cooper' where the Western drovers go;
As the stock are slowly stringing, Clancy rides behind them singing,
For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know...”

AB 'Banjo' Patterson deliberately painted a romantic vision of the droving life in his famous piece, Clancy of the Overflow (written in the late 1800s). He tells the story of a city-dweller yearning for what he imagines is the free and unburdened life of the drover, Clancy.

 Banjo Patterson was no fool to the harshness of droving life though.  He wrote a number of other poems about a character called Saltbush Bill who drove starving mobs of sheep huge distances in an attempt to find feed during the 1880 drought.  Henry Lawson also wrote a short story, called “The Drover’s Wife” which highlights the lonely and often dangerous life of a mother left to look after the farm and their children while her husband goes droving. While he is away droving, she endures floods and bushfires, itinerant swagmen, bouts of sickness and the tragedy of unaided child bearing.

 …The younger children are quieted, and presently go to sleep. The dirty-legged boy stands for a moment in his shirt, watching the fire. Presently he looks up at her, sees the tears in her eyes, and, throwing his arms around her neck exclaims:

 “Mother, I won’t never go drovin’ blarst me if I do!”

 In literature and folklore, droving often enjoys a romantic notion, one created out of visions of outback sunsets and long, uninterrupted trails, where a person is free to roam unbothered and unhurried. In reality, it serves a very practical purpose. Droving is most often done because times are tough, when feed is sparse and water low. It’s often a lonely time, away from all family and friends. So what’s it like, being on the road as a drover? What do the drovers themselves get out of it?  

We thought we’d ask some of our industry’s best known characters about their experiences droving and what they personally get out of it.

First up is an interview with Troy Palmer of Binnia Performance Horses, Coolah.  It was Troy’s team that we filmed with last year on the Namoi River, travelling along the stock route from Coolah towards Narrabri.…

 

 Interview with Troy Palmer - Binnia Performance Horses

"[Droving] definitely takes a certain kind of person – a mad one probably! It’s pretty hard work and you’ve gotta be there rain, hail or shine. There's no calling in sick. But what I love about it is being out in the bush, looking after cattle and being able to work my horses and dogs every day. It’s a lifestyle and a living. And it’s helluva lot better than being couped up in an office I reckon!"

Troy Palmer droving the Namoi River with his stallion Impressive Destiny and dog Riley

Troy Palmer droving on the Namoi River with his stallion Impressive Destiny and dog Riley.

 

Q> When we met up with you last year, you had a mob of cattle on the road. Where were you going and what was the purpose of the trip?

We were droving cattle for Greg Upton. In the winter he likes to de-stock to give his place a rest and to put some weight on his cattle. The cattle were trucked to Coolah, unloaded at Old Turee Station and then we walked them from Coolah to Mullaley, Boggabri, Narrabri, across to Spring Ridge and then we trucked them out from Caroona.

Q> Where else have you done your droving over the years?

I’ve been across most of NSW over the years. I’ve also walked from QLD down to Wee Waa; out to Come by Chance; from the Pilliga down to West Wyalong and around the New England, Coonamble, Moree. My best trip was taking a mob of really good steers up to Narrabri and back into Caroona. It all comes down to the cattle and how much handling they’ve had. I once had a mob of Hereford cows and weaners from Bourke that I unloaded into the break at Moree and there may as well not have been a fence there. They went straight through it, in all directions. I spent three days getting them back together!

Q> How old were you when you first went droving?

I was about sixteen when I started. I used to go with the old man. He used to do a fair bit of it, either by himself, or with me and my brother, or Mark. We used to just camp in the back of the old truck. It was a pretty rough camp – bloody cold in winter and wet when it was wet. I think it was nearly wetter inside the truck than it was outside!  I’ve been droving on and off since then. It depends on the season, but I’ve probably moved 40 or 50 different mobs over the years...

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At the end of last year Angus and I took our 12-month old son, a team of photographers and cinematographers, and some dedicated staff from here at Angus Barrett Saddlery to join a stock camp, droving along the Namoi River. We captured some precious scenes in the day to day life of Australian droving life, its harshness and its beauty; and we have distilled some of it for you in a series of four short films.

To complement our video droving series, we’re going to be interviewing some renowned personalities from the Australian droving scene; people who call on their horses and their horsemanship skills to negotiate the challenges of caring for stock in the Australian ‘long paddock’.

 

In the meantime, here’s a little bit about the background of droving and where it all began…

Droving in Australia first came about when the pioneers of the European settlement opened up much of the inland area of Australia to agriculture.  The cattle grazing areas were vast and often remote from markets and so cattle had to be driven over long distances to roads or rail points. The first major drove over a significant distance occurred in 1836, when 300 cattle were moved from the Murrumbidgee River to Melbourne. As the industry became more established and experienced, more and more challenging drives were undertaken.

The movement of large mobs of stock was generally carried out by contract drovers. And it certainly would not have been possible without horses, including work-horses, night horses and pack horses. A standard team of contracted drovers generally consisted of around seven men and each of those men rode four or five horses during a trip.

Some of the most famous outback stock routes are the Murranji Track, the Birdsville Track, the Strzelecki Track and the Canning Stock Route, the last of which is often regarded as the most difficult, as it covers a track that runs from Halls Creek in the Kimberley to Wiluna in the mid west (WA).  The Canning Stock Route is a total distance of approximately 1,850km, making it the longest historic stock route in the world. The Canning Stock Route is by no means the single longest cattle drove undertaken by Australian drovers though. One of the most renowned droving feats was completed in 1886 by the MacDonald Brothers who left Goulburn, NSW with cattle and bullock wagons and travelled across QLD, the Northern Territory and on to Halls Creek in Western Australia. They then followed the Margaret River down to Gogo Station and finally to Fossil Downs near the junction of the Fitzroy and Margaret Rivers about 230 miles from the port of Derby. The trip covered approximately 5,600kms and took approximately three years. It is regarded as the longest overland cattle drive in Australia’s history.  And it wasn’t just cattle that were moved incredible distances. In 1882 Thomas Guthrie took 11,000 sheep from Rich Avon in north west Victoria to the Barkly Tablelands in the Northern Territory. The journey was 3,500km and took some 16 months. According to the Longreach Stockman’s Hall of Fame, this was the longest ever droving trip with sheep.

The achievements of Australian drovers are surely remarkable. Stay posted for more about this amazing practice, including stories from some modern drovers and the endurance of the horse as an integral part of droving life.

 

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Secret Plait Reins

Sunday, 06 March 2016

What’s the secret to your secret plait reins?

(Question from Charles Green) 

Sadly, there is no real secret!  It’s just called the secret plait, because it doesn’t have a start or finish – it requires a special weave to secure it. It’s a great plait that I learnt from one of Ron Edward’s books when I was first starting out.

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Custom Rope Halters

Sunday, 06 March 2016

Can you make a warm blood size rope halter? Just bought myself a giant and they're by far the best halter, rope or otherwise, around.

(Question from Linda Comis, Greendale NSW)

I make the rope halters myself, so a custom sized rope halter is definitely something that we can do for you. Because we make everything ourselves here in Australia, we need to be as efficient as possible, so that means that usually we make our products in production runs. A rope halter is relatively quick to make in comparison to some of our other products, so depending on what the workshop team is doing at the time we can generally make them to order. 

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Story of the Angus Barrett Tote Bag

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

It all started in France.  A place where inspiration flows out of every nook and cranny - the quaint, tree-lined villages, the café lined boulevards, the chic Parisian women who carry style so effortlessly.  Angus was working in a leading French saddlery on the West coast.

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Favourite product?

Friday, 04 December 2015

Ask Angus what is his favourite product to make and he would probably tell you it's our weighted reins.Read More

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Our Profile Film

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

We are very excited to launch our first profile film about the heritage and history of the Angus Barrett brand.

The making of the film was particularly exciting and meaningful for us, because it was shot at Kerrawah, where Angus grew up. The purpose of making the film was to profile what motivates Angus when making his quality products.

We think it captures this beautifully. We hope you enjoy the stunning scenery and the insight into where our products come from.

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Globetrotting with Kate Johns

Monday, 09 November 2015

Kate Johns is a self-described horse wanderer, dreamer, lover, writer and photographer. With her husband and young family, she leads unforgettable horse riding holidays and safaris all around the globe.  Kate has an amazing blog that documents these incredible journeys and recently she wrote a piece about the gear that she uses, including some Angus Barrett Saddlery products.  To read more articles by Kate or to find out more about the incredible Globetrotting safaris check out www.globetrotting.com.au

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HENTY MACHINERY FIELD DAYS 2015

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow will be rolling into the Henty Machinery Field Days from 22 to 24 September 2015. We will be bringing a wide range of our popular products and some newly released products.

We will have something to suit everyone with a wide range of premium quality leather belts and pouches, and of course our hand crafted saddlery products including: bridles, breastplates, hobbles, leather and soft cotton reins and also a variety of saddle pads in some great colours.  

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AGQUIP FIELD DAYS 2015

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Commonwealth Bank AgQuip is Australia's premier agricultural industry field events and runs for three days every August in Gunnedah, NSW.

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PARADISE LAGOONS 2015

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

We are pleased to be heading back up to Rockhampton for the Paradise Lagoons Campdraft & Sale this year. It is a great event and we're thrilled to once again be a part of it.

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Help Save the Liverpool Plains

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Angus was lucky enough to grow up near Coolah, where the Great Dividing Range meets the spectacular Liverpool Plains. It's not until you visit this country that you realise just how special and unique it is. That the government would allow it to be mined, and by a foreign corporation, beggars belief, but that is where things currently stand. Please help save the Liverpool Plains. It takes about five seconds to sign this petition (just click on this link http://chn.ge/1D6Sogl). It's the least we can do for our children and future generations.

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Angus Barrett Roadshow Refresh

Thursday, 09 July 2015

The Angus Barrett Roadshow has had a facelift.  Before Beef Week 2015, we decided it was time to give the poor old Angus Barret Roadshow a bit of a refresh.  The Roadshow is a 20ft sea container that we converted and fitted out as a travelling shop.  It has been on the road travelling from one rural event to the next for almost 4 years, so it was well-deserving of some TLC. 

With a fresh paint of coat, some new artwork, and fresh displays, the Angus Barrett Roadshow looks fantastic and we're excited to send it back out on the road.  Look out for it at an event near you!

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AG-GROW EMERALD 2015

Wednesday, 08 July 2015

The Ag Grow Field Days are on again, and the Angus Barrett Roadshow is off to Emerald to be part of this great event that continues to grow from strength to strength.

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NZ NATIONAL FIELDAYS 2015

Tuesday, 09 June 2015

Angus Barrett Saddlery is once again heading over the ditch for the NZ National Fieldays. We are super excited to be heading to New Zealand to showcase our great range of quality Australian Made saddlery products including, bridles, breastplates, reins, pure wool saddle pads and Angus Barrett leather belts .

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SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

We’re very excited to be taking the Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow to Sydney’s Royal Easter Show this year.

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A curb strap is an important piece of equipment when competing in campdrafting, cutting, other sporting events and everyday horse work. The curb strap when used on a snaffle bit is designed to prevent the bit from slipping through the horse's mouth and to add control and precision to the bit, while the horse is being trained. If added to a bit with leverage the curb strap creates a stopping point in the rotation of the bit, causing the bars of the bit to be pushed down onto the tongue and amplifying the bit's pressure on the bottom of the horse's mouth. The tightness of the curb strap will determine at which point the pressure will be added to the horse's mouth.

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Thanks to Australian Made Campaign for this fantastic review of our new profile film.  "Australian saddler extraordinaire, Angus Barrett Saddlery, has released a stunning new film capturing the essence of the brand."

We are so proud to be an Australian made licensee. 

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EQUITANA 2014 MELBOURNE

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow is headed for Equitana 2014 Melbourne. We can't wait for this fantastic event, which we've been attending now for a number of years. Its such a fantastic mix of disciplines & interests - a huge bonus for our Australian horse industry.

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We are very excited to launch our first profile film about the heritage and history of the Angus Barrett brand. The making of the film was particularly exciting and meaningful for us, because it was shot at Kerrawah, where Angus grew up. The purpose of making the film was to profile what motivates Angus when making his quality products. We think it captures this beautifully. We hope you enjoy the stunning scenery and the insight into where our products come from.

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EQUIDAYS, HAMILTON NZ

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Hot off the back of Henty Machinery Field Days, the Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow is about to make a trip over the Tasman to New Zealand for its premier equine expo Equidays, being held at Hamilton from the 17th -19th October.

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Equidays Clinic - Interest Riding High

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Organisers of New Zealand’s premier horse expo Equidays are this week welcoming Angus to Hamilton on the North Island as one of their headline clinicians. He’ll be leading a three day clinic on colt starting; breaking in a green horse over several sessions during the expo.

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Product of the Month: Hobbles

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Angus Barrett has an extensive selection of premium quality hobbles to help with breaking in, training and serving horses. Historically, hobbles have been a great tool for horsemen, allowing them to teach horses to give to pressure, in situations where they may need to be confined or in situations where they become stuck or hung up. Angus Barrett hobbles are made to protect a horse, rider and handlers. If used correctly they can be an excellent training aid.

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BATTLE ON THE BIDGEE 2014

Thursday, 09 October 2014

The Battle on the Bidgee is on again, and the Angus Barrett Roadshow hopes to see you there.

Angus Barrett Saddlery will have on display a great range of quality Australian made saddlery products, including bridles, breastplates, reins, lead ropes, halters, pure wool fitted saddle pads, serving hobbles, gear bags, belts and other premium quality saddlery goods.

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Thanks to the Australian Country Magazine for this beautiful article on Angus Barrett Saddlery. This month's edition is a great read with other articles on a Kenyan horse safari, a visit to Mayfield’s grand gardens and a profile on TV chef and seafood guru Rick Stein. Goes well with coffee and cake! Photos courtesy of Wild Fillies Photography and Angus Barrett Pty Ltd.

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A Win at the 23rd Australian Catalogue Awards

Wednesday, 03 September 2014

The Angus Barrett 2nd Edition Catalogue took out first prize at the 23rd Australian Catalogue Awards in the category of Camping, Outdoor Goods & Misc, held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne on 29 August 2014. We are extremely proud of this catalogue, which was designed and created in house by our team here at Angus Barrett. Not only did we produce this catalogue in-house, but even more importantly, every product in the catalogue is made by our team here in Orange, NSW.

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We're frequently asked by customers what oil they should use to care for their new products and people are often surprised when our response is "Don't use any more oil!" Every leather is different, but it is easy to over-oil leather, particularly the beautiful vege-tanned leather we use for most of our tack. Often a good quality, waxy (not oily) leather dressing will be enough for long term care and protection of your leather product.

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AGQUIP FIELD DAYS 2014

Monday, 18 August 2014

Commonwealth Bank AgQuip is Australia's premier agricultural industry field events and runs for three days every August in Gunnedah, NSW.

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NZ NATIONAL FIELDAYS 2014

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Angus Barrett Saddlery is heading over the ditch for the 2014 NZ National Fieldays. We are super excited to be heading to New Zealand to showcase our great range of quality Australian Made saddlery products including, bridles, breastplates, reins, pure wool saddle pads, Angus Barrett leather belts and our very much awaited new products, including our new leather halter and slimline saddle pads.

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The Angus Barrett Roadshow is heading North, and will be trading for the first time at the 2014 North Queensland Field Days in Townsville.

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MR GRAEME ACTON

Monday, 12 May 2014

Angus, Sarah & the team at Angus Barrett Saddlery would like to express their sincere condolences to the Acton family for the passing of Mr Graeme Acton. We feel very privileged to have known and worked with Graeme. He was an inspirational figure in rural Australia and the sport of campdrafting. Graeme leaves behind a unique and truly great legacy. His vision for the future and his drive and motivation to make that vision a reality made him a legend in our times. He will be sadly missed. We will always be grateful to Graeme for the work that he did in taking campdrafting to a world-class level and for creating opportunities for us to take part in the ride.

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ANGUS BARRETT IS NOW ON ETSY

Friday, 18 April 2014

Visit our Etsy page by clicking here.

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WRAP UP FROM THE LANDMARK CLASSIC 2014

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Despite the dry conditions, Landmark carried off another fantastic sale & campdraft at the Landmark Classic 2014. Angus Barrett Saddlery was again a major sponsor of the event. Our sponsorship this year included 30 custom made trophy belts for the finalists of the Landmark Classic, gift vouchers for the top ten place getters in both the Open Campdraft and the Australian Performance Horse Challenge and for the cut out winners in each of the events.

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LANDMARK CLASSIC 2014

Thursday, 06 February 2014

The count down is on to the 2014 Landmark Classic. Angus Barrett Saddlery is again a major sponsor of the event. Among other things, we will be making a limited edition, one-off product, as an exclusive prize for the top 30 competitors in the Landmark Classic Campdraft.

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CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

We will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 and reopening on Monday, 6 January 2014.

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EQUITANA 2013

Wednesday, 06 November 2013

The Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow is headed for Equitana 2013. We can't wait for this fantastic event, which we've been attending now for a number of years. Its such a fantastic mix of disciplines & interests - a huge bonus for our Australian horse industry.

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HENTY FIELD DAYS

Monday, 16 September 2013

The Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow will be trading at the 2013 Henty Field Days. We will have on display a great range of our products, including our new tie up halters, cavessons, station reins and leather belts.

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TONY ABBOTT BUYS AN ANGUS BARRETT BELT

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

We were very excited to have the support of Tony Abbott as he bought one of our Australian made belts at the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame Inaugural Campdraft in July. We are very proud to be an Australian manufacturer and took the opportunity to talk to Mr Abbott about our thoughts on the saddlery and leather manufacturing industries in Australia. We have a rich heritage in rural Australian made goods, from RM Williams to Akubra, and we're working at Angus Barrett Saddlery to make sure that continues!

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AGQUIP FIELD DAYS

Monday, 19 August 2013

Angus Barrett Saddlery will be at the 2013 Commonwealth Bank AgQuip Field Days with its Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow.

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AG-GROW 2013

Monday, 08 July 2013

First stop for the Angus Barrett Roadshow in July will be Ag-Grow Emerald. As usual, the Angus Barrett Roadshow will be taking to Ag-Grow its range of quality Angus Barrett saddlery products, including belts, bags, bridles, breastplates, reins, saddle pads, hobbles and handling gear.

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SYDNEY POLOCROSSE CARNIVAL 2013

Friday, 21 June 2013

The Angus Barrett Roadshow is heading to the Sydney Polocrosse Carnival on the 22nd & 23rd June, 2013 at Bicentennial Park, Sheathers Lane, Camden. Angus Barrett is proud to announce that it will be sponsoring the Sydney Polocrosse Club and the Orange Polocrosse Club with custom made pure wool saddle pads sporting their team colours and logos.

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NCHA FUTURITY TAMWORTH 2013

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Angus Barrett Saddlery will be taking the Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow to the 2013 NCHA Futurity in Tamworth.

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AGFEST FIELD DAYS

Wednesday, 01 May 2013

We are going to Tasmania! For the first time, we're taking the Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow across the Tasman to Launceston for Tasmania's premier field day event - Agfest.

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You are invited to join us for the opening of our new flagship Saddlery store in Narambla, Orange. The new Saddlery shop will be bigger and better than ever, with a fantastic display for all our saddlery products, including our latest designs.The new shop is conveniently located on the new Orange bypass, with plenty of parking for trucks and floats. We invite you to drop in and say hello and to join us for our launch party.

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THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER BUSH FESTIVAL

Wednesday, 03 April 2013

The Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow will be at the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival 2013, held in Corryong, Victoria in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains from 4 to 7 April 2013.

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GUNDAGAI GIDDYUP 2013

Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow will be at the 2013 Gundagai Giddyup. We will have a great range of our products on display, including our new kids saddle pads, our new quick change bridles, new diary covers and more! Make sure you drop in and say hi.

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2013 LANDMARK CLASSIC CAMPDRAFT SALE

Wednesday, 06 February 2013

Get ready to visit the Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow at the 2013 Landmark Classic Campdraft and Sale. Angus Barrett Saddlery is a major sponsor of the Landmark horse events and the Landmark Classic Campdraft and cut-outs.

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LOWER LAKES STOCKMANS CHALLENGE

Thursday, 06 December 2012

The Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow will be attending the inaugural Lower Lakes Stockmans Challenge and Bush Festival. We are very proud to be supporting this event which is not for profit and all proceeds go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service

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EQUITANA 2012

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

The Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow will be attending Equitana 2012 in Melbourne from 15 to 18 November 2012.

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