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Cliff Killeen Saddlery - Cliff Killeen was just 7 years old when he had the occasion to visit a riding school at Chelmer, Brisbane. The saddle he used fascinated him and two weeks later, whilst at a saddle shop, Cliff looked at saddles in awe. From that moment, he knew just what he was to do with his life: make handmade saddles and make them the best they can be.
At 13 years of age, Cliff Killeen started his five year handmade saddles apprenticeship at Chermside. He specialised in handmade stock saddles for wholesale.
Apprenticeship completed , Cliff made saddles for Hills for twelve months, then had a further six years experience...
Cliff returned to Chermside where he had undertaken his apprenticeship working there for a further five years having apprentices under him.
He then went out on his own, travelling to get business. He spent one year at Emerald, then moved to Chinchilla which offered the base Cliff Killeen sought for his handmade saddle business. He bought a property "Chianto" and has stayed there since.
In 1985, the only tree manufacturing business burned down. Cliff Killeen saw this disaster as an opportunity and taught himself to make trees. To this day, Cliff Killeen Saddlery uses only Cliffs' handmade trees. There was a benefit from this situation: Cliff Killeen learned to make better trees than had previously been available and this meant better saddles.
In 1994 Cliff learned to fly so he could travel Australia-wide quicker. His pilot license opened an opportunity to talk face to face with riders all over the country who required handmade saddles. Being in situ on properties, Cliff is able to find solutions for different needs - a truly individualised speciality.
And today, Cliff Killeen Saddlery operates from "Chianto" Chinchilla where his RV6 is hangared and ready to best service the needs of Australian riders seeking top quality handmade Australian saddles.
"Do you have a specific need, and individual requirement? I specialise in handmade saddles to suit the individual and will listen to what you want. I'll offer you my years of experience. You will not be disappointed."