My name is Ryan Thuillier. I am from Co. Cork, Ireland. I grew up riding racehorses in Ireland. After going through the pony club ranks in the early years I switched codes to horse racing at the age of 14. Steeplechasing is big business in Ireland and it was the thrill of the sport that attracted me to it. Magnificent thoroughbreds racing over 3 miles and 18 fences. I worked my way to amateur jockey status and rode approx 60 races with 2 victories.
Between 1993 -1996 I studied Equine Management (HND) at the Welsh College of Agriculture in Aberystwyth. But it wasn't until 1998 that I began the road to become a saddler.
I completed a 4 week basic saddlery course in February 1998 at Bury St. Edmunds (Suffolk, UK). I then moved the Newmarket (Suffolk, UK) and by working with racehorses in the morning and then with professional saddlers in the afternoon, I was learning the two different sides of horse racing which facinated me the most. It didn't take long before I set up my own business in Newmarket, servicing different race horse trainers with a tack & rug repair service.
Whilst living in Newmarket I did a two year saddlery part time course in the Walsall College of Art & Technology. In Walsall I was able to complete my City and Guild Certificates for 'The Worshipful Company of Saddlers of the City of London'.
In 2003 I returned to my home county of Cork in Ireland to set up my own saddlery workshop in Kilworth. The business was called 'Munster Tack and Rugs' and I employed one person. Again my customers would come mainly from the racing world (steeplechasing) but I did provide a considerable repair service to riding schools and private horse owners.
In 2007 I moved to Sweden where I live today. I re-trained as a carpenter and did a Swedish carpentry apprenticeship. While I have been working as a carpenter building houses I have also continued as a saddler on the side. In fact working on old American cars has introduced a whole new side of saddlery to me.
Today I look forward to providing an efficient rural saddlery workshop here in Alunda, with a strong emphasis on sustainability. Hand made goods, high quality local produce and punctuality.
Website designed 2020
Above: Boat seats recovered
Above: John Francome & Steve Smith Eccles with Ryan at Newmarket Racecourse (retired ex pro jump jockeys) 2003.
Above: Munster Tack & Rugs, Kilworth, Co. Cork, Ireland.
2003-2007 (professional saddlers)