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Leonard Coombe Master Saddlers  is a family business based in Devon that offers local saddle fitting and a huge range of riding equipment, horse care products, rider clothing and country lifestyle clothing. We have been established for more than 200 years making us one of the oldest saddlers in the country We are well known in the southwest and are considered one of the best equestrian in area. We think of ourselves as more than just a tack shop.Our team is friendly and knowledgeable and happy to help Customers 
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LEONARD COOMBE MASTER SADDLERS moved into its new purpose built premises in January 2006 and has gone from strength to strength. The new shop is a massive 5,500 sq ft, making it one of the largest Master Saddlers in the country stocking more than ever before. We carry thousands and thousands of products.

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All of our staff are horse owners and riders,  with the exception of  of one of the partners Edith but she grew up in the business and has over 30 years experience and knowledge, and there is not much she doesn't know  about equestrian products. Our teams  love of horses, riding and the equestrian lifestyle mean we know how much your horses mean to you, the time money and love you put into them. Some of our staff compete  to a high level and some just enjoy hacking.  Our staff love of horses shine through in there customer service and whether you Show, or just enjoy riding round the country lanes we want to offer a friendly service  and help get you the  right product for you and your horse .

The History Of Leonard Coombe Master Saddlers 

 LEONARD COOMBE MASTER SADDLERS has been based in the market town of Newton Abbot, Devon, since it was first established over 200 years ago.Over the years it has been situated in many locations around the town. Having been by owned by various previous saddlers, Thomas Coombe purchased the business in 1881 as a saddlers and tobacconist. At that time it was just called COOMBE until in the early 1900's his son Leonard took over the business and it became Leonard Coombe. Leonard made his mark by being the first saddlers to give employees paid holiday.


Leonard Coombe Master Saddlers Mr Coombe   Leonard Coombe Master Saddlers Mr Ligthelm

John Ligthelm was born in Voorburg Holland, when in May 1940 Holland surrendered to the German Army,John and his brother joined the Dutch resistance. By 1942 the brothers were forced to flee Holland as it was far to dangerous for them to remain there. When reaching England in 1943 they joined the free Dutch forces. It wasn't until 1947 and his 'demob' that he settled in Newton Abbot and took over the saddlery business from Mrs Coombe.
 Mr Ligthelm's daughters became involved in the business, Edith in the running of the shop and Karen as a saddler. In 1981 Karen was one of the first group of saddlers to qualify as a Society Of Master Saddlers (UK) Ltd qualified saddle fitter.Before his death in2000 John Ligthelm's youngest daughter Liz joined Edith and Karen in running the business. Today it is still very much a family business with Edith's daughter Joanne working as shop manager.
 
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