Dove Saddles


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Dove Saddles was established by Graham Turner in 1976. In 1971 I spent some time as an apprentice in Masterton New Zealand and then moved to W.Wiggins Ltd where I worked for four years. I then decided to go to Sydney Australia where I worked for Bexley Saddlery. After that I decided to return to New Zealand where I continued to work for W.Wiggins Ltd until June 1976 then I went into business setting up at my parents place in Wellington. I worked there for 7 years before moving to Raumati on the Kapiti Coast where I shared a workshop for 3 years with boot and shoemaker Tex Bell.

In 1986 I moved to my own building in Reikorangi Waikanae where we built a workshop showroom on our property where we enjoy the rural lifestyle. During my time I have trained three apprentices.

I started building Western saddles in 1977 and then decided to up skill at Robin Yates School run by that old and now famous bushman, poet and saddle maker Jack Drake who now lives in Australia. After making saddles the conventional way and realizing sales were not happening overnight I went into manufacturing dog collars and leads for Masterpet Corporation for about 20 years only to slowly move back to where I always desired to be which is building middle cost western saddles and seeing a need for them. With the closing down and passing of Charlie Leach I decided to step into that gap.

An expensive risk was setting up business along the lines of the American saddle factories using bulk bought leather from New Zealand and Argentina along with high tensil plastic moulded saddle trees, press cut parts, some press patterns and specialty machinery to get the prices down where we have remained even with the cheap overseas Mexican, Chinese and Indian competition.

We back up all that we sell because we make saddles for you, not for us. We never sell a saddle until you and your horse are happy with it.


In 1980 I married Angela, together we have three adult children and a new son in law. Our daughter Miranda has successfully competed in western events on her Appaloosa Waimarama Chakan and was giving western lessons which unfortunately had to stop due to health problems. We enjoy horse riding when we can find the time. I also enjoy bow hunting when I can get out. We have five horses on our property and raise cattle for some extra income. I love the cowboy lifestyle and fashion and live it to the full. We are both born again Christians along with our children. We do our best to live the life as I tried the serious atheist life for 26 years and found there was no prize at the end.