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The History & Heritage of Angus Barrett

History of Angus Barrett

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Angus Barrett Saddlery was founded by Angus Barrett. Angus has been doing leather work and selling his hand made goods since 1986 when he was just a boy. Throughout school and work Angus was always making something with his hands. After many years working across Australia, on farms and cattle stations, in mines and drilling camps, Angus settled in Orange NSW with the plan to start his own manufacturing business. In 2000, Angus registered his business and started manufacturing his saddlery goods part time. In 2005 Angus purchased his first manufacturing premises and committed fulltime to his craft.

In 2007 Angus undertook his first big research and development trip, travelling to the USA to enhance his saddlery skills and manufacturing techniques and to source modern machinery. Angus studied under two very experienced and talented saddle makers, Randy Severe (Oregon, USA) and Joey Jemison (Texas, USA).

It is Angus' ability to constantly look outside the box and to other industries for new ideas and manufacturing techniques that has helped to bring his designs to life as the next generation in saddlery.

In 2010 Angus Barrett Saddlery opened its flagship store at 83 Glenroi Ave, Orange, and proudly named it "Origo" or "The Beginning".

In 2012 Angus travelled to Europe and the UK on his second extensive research and development trip. Angus visited some of the region's best saddleries and leather manufacturers and spent several months sourcing leather and specialist machinery. Angus Barrett Saddlery is now rolling into an even more advanced and exciting stage of the business and product development. Thanks to Angus' creative vision and determination and hard work by the entire Angus Barrett team, Angus Barrett Saddlery has grown from a small box of tools into an industry-leading business.

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Our Philosophy

Angus Barrett's business is based on a concept of raw to retail. We source the highest quality leather from Australia, Europe and the USA. We spend countless hours on product design and improvement, taking into account our own experience and our customers' collective wisdom. We then partner these designs with advanced manufacturing techniques that we have researched and gathered from around the world. The result is a quality, Australian made product that is designed to work and made to last.

Angus Barrett's philosophy is centred on quality and service. Our philosophy is to deal and trade honestly, to create designs that are functional and durable, and to make and sell only the highest quality goods. All Angus Barrett's designs have been tried and tested and are backed by the Angus Barrett guarantee.

 

Our Guarantee

All materials used are the best available.

All designs are proven and tested for durability and fitting

Angus Barrett guaratnees a quality, hand-crafted product, made in Australia

 

Our Team

Angus Barrett Saddlery is made up of a dynamic team, which prides itself on the quality products that we produce and on the personal customer service that we provide. Our key team members are supported by a team of fantastic production and office staff.

The team is based in our flagship store and workshop in Orange, NSW, but we frequently travel to horse events and tradeshows across Australia with the Angus Barrett Saddlery Roadshow.

Angus Barrett

Angus is the founder and director of Angus Barrett Saddlery. Angus is a passionate and skilled craftsman who has spent many years developing and improving his business and his products. Angus has trained in saddlery in Australia, the USA and France. Angus is a keen and experienced horseman.

He grew up in Coolah NSW riding horses for work and in a variety of horse sports. Angus now lives with his small but growing family in Orange, NSW.

Sarah Barrett

Sarah is the company’s general manager. Sarah is responsible for key projects for the business, especially in marketing and business development. Sarah joined the team after working in Sydney and Canberra as a commercial solicitor, specialising in mining and construction. Sarah brings a fresh, professional approach to the team.

Sarah grew up on a sheep and wheat property in Central NSW and loves living in Orange, where she can get her country fix at the same time as a coffee fix!

Dale Brackenhofer

Having worked at Angus Barrett Saddlery for the last 3 years, whilst studying Agriculture Business at university, Dale has had many different roles over her time here. She currently manages customer service and assists with business development and administrative projects.

Dale grew up working in stables and managed an agistment centre on her family’s property before moving closer to the city for a career in business.

She then relocated to Orange in 2013 to undertake further study, and still enjoys spending time with her horses whenever she has free time.

Kate Redfern

Kate is in charge of the Angus Barrett retail stores and is responsible for our customer service, bringing with her invaluable experience from the real estate and banking worlds.

Kate hails from the Kiewa Valley near Wodonga. She has a special interest in stud cattle, having grown up working and showing cattle for her family stud. Kate is regularly invited to judge at cattle shows across Australia.

Amy Schembri

Amy is a key member of our customer service team. She is responsible for all orders and dispatch.

Amy moved to Orange to complete her Bachelors in Agricultural Business Management, and is currently in her final year.

Amy’s passion for horses began while growing up riding on her family’s cattle property near Oberon.

Janice White

Janice is in charge of our in-house embroidery machine and all our custom embroidery orders. She also sews all our pure wool saddle pads.

Originally from Victoria, Janice has lived in Orange for the past 23 years. During her time in Orange, she has run a successful sewing shop for 17 years. It is these skills that make her an integral part of our team.

Janice enjoys spending time with her family, including her King Charles Cocker Spaniel, Charlie.

Lisa Murphy

Lisa is an invaluable member of our leather working team. Lisa works quietly every day to ensure that all our leather products are finished to the highest possible standard.

Born in Orange, Lisa has travelled extensively around Australia, working in many remote locations, including a number of cattle stations in the Territory, before heading overseas for a stint in Canada.

Lisa loves to travel, but her favourite place is definitely Australia. She also enjoys a waterski in her free time.

Tanya Dean

Tanya is our valued team member responsible for manufacturing all canvas, PVC and webbing products.

Tanya hails from New Zealand, but before moving to Orange she lived in Ipswich QLD.

Tanya has a passion for art and music, and adds a great atmosphere to the workshop, as she sings along to her work.

 

Our Leather & Hardware

Angus travels the world regularly researching and sourcing the best leather available.

All leather used by Angus Barrett has been carefully tanned using centuries old processes and is specifically chosen by us for its unique application.

The fact remains that a product is only ever as good as its raw materials. For that reason, we place great importance in sourcing and using the very best raw materials.

It goes without saying that our kangaroo leather is grown and tanned in Australia.