Corlough, Co. Cavan,
Rep. of Ireland
Dedicated exclusively to the ancient craft of the Saddler & Harness Maker
Quality saddlery & driving harness by Robert H Steinke
Specialists in Heavy Horse & Cob Harness
Side Saddles renovated
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Horse Brass Martingales
All specially designed & made by hand here in our Museum workshop.
Special designs for National Horse Brass Society yearly brasses. Posted world wide.
WELCOME to this web site featuring our unique museum. Here you will find details of our exhibits, events, books and the Museum's Workshop. It is regularly updated and it is hoped to make it an informative and enjoyable site.
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Rob & Moira
Rather then publish a Newsletter detailing the activities of the Museum, all projects & events will now be covered on the Museum's Facebook page. This will allow a more upto date focus on the Museum
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Last updated 9 May 2013
NEW FOR 2013.............A new range of showing bridles & slips for Miniature & Shetland ponies. Watch this space!!
Spares Cases & Number Holders
Our new range of Spares Cases & matching Number Holders is now out. Email us for full details of these quality items. Available in a choice of coloured leathers & fittings. More info & pictures to follow soon.
Side Saddle Repairs
Have your Side Saddle renovated in time for the show season. Relinning, new girth straps, balance girth, stirrup leathers, phone or email for details. Follow on Facebook the recent work carried out by myself on a neglected side saddle, below the before & after pics. Look up the NEW Side Saddle page on this site.
This Museum is unique, being the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the ancient craft of the Saddler and Harness Maker.
Its curator, Robert H. Steinke, served his apprenticeship with Keith Luxford, saddlers to H.M The Queen and at Cordwainers Leather College, London. He is also the author and illustrator of six books on Saddlery and Harness Making. The museum now has a publishing division through which it will publish its Heritage Series of books.
Both Rob and Moira are horse owners and competitors for many years covering showing, jumping, dressage, hunting, endurance and carriage driving. This experience enables them to bring the museum's exhibits to life when conducting a tour.
Rob driving Mr. Tibbs to the Museum's 1896 Beaufort Cart, Mohill Show 2011
The Museum documents the various demands placed upon the saddler over the years from farming, sports, military and transport and shows how the saddler has had to adapt to the horses changing role in society.
Tours of the museum are tailored to suit those visiting be they individuals and families or groups. Group tours are especially suited to schools, pony and riding clubs, heritage societies and active age groups. Special needs groups are particularly welcome with touch tours for the visually impaired.
Crafts Council of Ireland Irish Museums Association British Driving Association
To avoid disappointment, please pre book your tour by phone or email.
"Farm Harness Decoration"
by Robert H Steinke, curator of Museum of The Master Saddler.
In an ever-mechanised society, this book seeks to tell the story of the decorations used on the harnesses of the workhorses, once so plentiful in the countryside.
Through numerous photographs and illustrations this book tells the story of how the saddler and harness maker used specially cast metal fittings, coloured leather and intricate designs to decorate a set of harness.
A book for the enthusiasts of the traditional way of farming and of the heavy horses that are still prevalent today. It also gives an insight into the ancient rural craft of the master saddler and harness maker.
Buy it now on eBay item number 220472128409
Welsh Cob D Stallion Tack
Go to the Welsh Cob page to view our handmade stallion tack for Welsh Sec. D Cobs. Available worldwide through this web site.
Feb Mullahead Ploughing Champs, Downpatrick, N.I. Trade stand & demo
17 March St. Patrick's Day Parade. Tibbsy in his Heavy Horse Harness.
April Longford Ploughing Champs. Demo & ponies as mini plough horses!!!
Aug Moynalty Threshing Day. Demo with ponies and harness making.
Oct Mohill Horse Fair. Harness making demo.
Other dates to be announced
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Tibbsy winning class at Mohill Show 2011
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Handmade in-hand show bridle for Clydesdales & Shires.
Available in a choice of colour trim
LATEST EXHIBIT IN THE MUSEUM
Original pit pony bridle as used down the mines.
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Rocky & Rambo go pairs!!
We have been appointed the official chip fitter for the Northwest of Ireland.Phone for full details and our attractive price rates.BACK IN PRINT
We have a good selection of quality second hand saddles. Any repairs that needed doing have been carried out and each comes with a 6 month guarantee. Click on the "Workshop" page of this site to view an up to date list of saddles in stock.
REPAIR SERVICE FROM THE MUSEUM'S WORKSHOP
For a quality repair on your saddlery and harness, contact the museum on 086 3946467.