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Our History

The concept for The Maryland Saddlery was born in the mid-1980s, when Hope Birsh was teaching riding to young children at McDonogh School, a preparatory school outside of Baltimore. During this period two things struck her: First how difficult it was for her students to find riding clothing and equipment. Second, after shopping locally, how inappropriately dressed they would appear at her lessons. When she opened The Maryland Saddlery in 1989, a modest 800 square foot retail store, she vowed that in addition to the usual adult boots, breeches and horse brushes, she would carry the most extensive selection of hard-to-find pony equipment, children's apparel and accessories available anywhere.


Maryland Saddlery has become a destination store. The extremely knowledgeable staff, headed by Hope, are experts in the correct fit and tailoring of riding apparel, horse equipment and bitting.

The idea Maryland Saddlery Consignment began when Hope Birsh decided that equestrians and horse lovers would benefit from the opportunity to buy and sell used tack, saddles, apparel, and gear in a store dedicated to consignment. An instructor of small children and a mother herself, Hope understood how quickly children outgrew saddles, and riding apparel. Maryland Saddlery launched its first consignment store across the parking lot from the main Maryland Saddlery Store in Butler, Maryland in February of 2006. By offering a knowledgeable staff and an atmosphere identical to a full price store, Maryland Saddlery Consignment in Butler took off.  In 2011, the Crofton Consignment Store was opened, and has been serving the Howard, Price George's, and Annapolis equestrian crowd ever since. In July of 2013, Maryland Saddlery opened their third consignment location in Hockessin, Delaware to serve the needs of the North East, Maryland, Northern Delaware, Southeast Pennsylvania and New Jersey equestrian crowds.