About Empire

About Empire

The story of Empire Saddles begins in 2015, when Jolanda and Nienke, both saddle fitters, decided to build a bridge between manufacturers and saddle fitters. From their desire to provide quality and customizable saddles without compromise, Empire Saddles was born. Their focus is on reliability, comfort and quality, with practical solutions and attention to craftsmanship.

At Empire Saddles, we understand the need of saddle fitters for customizable saddles that meet the highest standards of comfort and durability. We take purchasing, inventory management and product development out of their hands, so saddlefitters can focus on their craft.

Our work focuses on the satisfaction of both rider and horse. We strive for perfection in every saddle and believe in honest communication and lasting relationships. We are always ready to resolve any issues and provide the best experience.

Empire Saddles stands for reliability and quality, and we are committed every day to being the best at what we do.

Our passion for perfection

Empire Saddles was created from years of collaboration between riders, saddle fitters, saddle makers, instructors and physical therapists. Our saddles are handmade with care and attention in England.

The saddles are fitted by a select group of saddle fitters chosen for their training and experience. We also pay great attention to the continued training of our saddlefitters. This ensures the high quality of both the product and the fit of our Empire saddles.

The Empire Team

Jolanda van der Leeden and Nienke Bergsma are the owners of Empire Saddles, which was founded in 2015.

Jolanda, an SMS Master Saddle Fitter, leads saddle development and trains Empire dealers, answering all their questions about saddle fitting. Her experience and passion for leatherworking contribute to the quality of the saddles.

Nienke, former MSFC and SMS Qualified Saddle Fitter, returned to the company in 2021 after a short break. She now manages Empire Saddles’ marketing, finance, administration and vendor relations.

Her attention to detail and organizational skills ensure smooth operations and good relationships with suppliers.

Together, Jolanda and Nienke work to provide high-quality saddles for riders and their horses.

Jolanda and Nienke cannot keep Empire Saddles running without the indispensable help of others, such as Jolanda’s parents, Gijs and Marianne, who make their location available, and photographer Sorcha, who captures our beautiful saddles.

Meet our team
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Jolanda van der Leeden
CEO, CPO & Dealer training
Nienke Bergsma
CEO, COO & Marketing

View our dealers

Sem de Lorijn_De Lorijn zadels
The Lorijn Saddles
Jeanette Craehnmehr_Zadel & Zorg-min 2-min
Saddle & Care
Lotte Kollaart_LK Zadelservice-min
LK Saddle Service
Learning Workshop-IZA
Annelieke ten Pas_Zadelmakerij Ten Pas-min
Saddlery Ten Pas
Melissa van der Pijl_Zadelservice Melissa-min
Saddle service Melissa
Veerle de Meyer_Passend Zadel-min
Appropriate saddle
Bianca Liewes_Paard Praktisch-min
Horse Practical
Lisanne Boer_LB Zadelatelier-min
LB Saddle Workshop
Joyce Abraas_Joyce Abraas-min
Joyce Abraas
Dana Scheepbouwer_DS Zadelservice-min
DS Saddle Service
Manu de Brouwer_In Balance Saddle Fitting-min
In Balance Saddlefitting
Marjan van Ballegooijen_Equine Saddle-min
Equine Saddle
Sander Gepkens_De Zadelfitservice-min
The Saddle Fitting Service
Frederieke Biemans_Bie-fit-min

View our saddles

Our collection consists of 6 models, on different trees and cushions and with different options for seat depth, knee rolls and sweat pad position.