Alan did a saddle making apprenticeship with John
Charlton Saddlers, under English tradesmen. On
completion of his indentureship, which covered bridlemaking,
saddlemaking, and repair work, he was awarded his
Alan was approached to re-build first World War saddles
when the Lancers at Parramatta re-formed a mounted
detachment in the late 70's.
Military saddles and manufacturing Dressage, show,
polo, and jumping saddles is how he supported his
passion of Endurance riding for the next ten years.
He was then asked to manage a saddlery
retail store in Richmond, N.S.W. (Australia). The
store, Horseland Richmond, was for the next twelve
years, one of the largest in the Horseland group.
Just after the Olympics in 2000, he decided to specialise
in developing purpose designed and built Endurance