Our Journey

Kent Saddlery was established in 1988, when we, Lyle and Helen, decided to make a big change from vegetable farming to saddlery. Lyle had developed a keen interest in leather work during the 1960’s when, as a ringer on Humbert River Station, he regularly repaired saddles and other leather gear…
Our first home had a leather work bench set up in the living room and in 1988 we built the granite rock saddlery workshop. Helen returned to teaching for 4 years, and Lyle began full time saddlery training.
Lyle operating the Pearson sewing machine. At that time Lyle thought that he would be the “one man operator” of the business.
Our first outback trip in 1991. We travelled to the Kimberley region, W.A., setting out with Landcruiser, trailer, our four sons, Ben, Daniel, Jamie and Paul, and family dog ‘Jock’. Our eldest daughter, Leah, was working in Toowoomba, and stayed behind. Helen was pregnant with our youngest daughter Jessica, born…
Shopping at Moola Bulla Station (East Kimberley). The inside of the gooseneck shop sometimes became very crowded!
The Saddlery complex at 535 Spring Creek Road. It “kind of just grew”. New sheds were added as the business expanded.
Night shopping at Tipperary, N.T. If it happens to start raining, we can be packed up in about five minutes.
The Supa Float at the Negri River (The Duncan Highway). The days of the Landcruiser and trailer, and two successive trucks and gooseneck trailers are now gone. We now travel for 4 months each year in the comfort of our custom made truck shop, carrying supplies of Kent Saddles, leather…
From a family perspective 2012 was a busy and productive time. In June, Ben and Janelle, Chad and Dustin welcomed Bonnie Jane into the family and Daniel and Sonia, Jacob and Ethan were delighted with the arrival of Lucas Graeme in October. Together with Naima, Ena, and Aida Furness, Josh…
Our 25th Anniversary will be remembered  as “the year we opened the new Kent Saddlery store”. Kent Saddlery Store includes a gallery style retail area, reminiscent of an old time saddlery store; with Kent Saddles and leather gear for sale, along with stocks of other familiar items and some interesting…