Bit of Britain Saddlery
Trusted by Top Riders Since 1986

Our History

In 1985 Bit of Britain was formed by a veterinarian in North East, Maryland, and was based out of a small tack shop in the back of a private stable, selling primarily to the racetrack trade. In 1991, John Nunn, who had trained race horses for over 15 years, purchased the company and sold tack and other racing goods on the racetrack out of a lorry. 

With a vision of Bit of Britain being more than a racing tack shop, John found a location outside North East, Maryland which was better suited for growth into other disciplines. In a short amount of time it was clear that this growing tack shop was well situated in the heart of eventing country, with Fair Hill just up the road, as well as Radnor and other fine events and facilities nearby.

John Nunn on Slater

At the time, there were very few retailers catering to the needs of eventers, and John found the people to be honest, fun-loving and hard working. Kind of like him! Focusing his energy and attention on this niche market, John also developed a wholesale company to manufacture long-lasting leather goods that were suited to the needs of his new markets. This wholesale company also enabled him to buy larger quantities of goods, reduce his costs in doing so, and in turn allow him to sell great quality products are reasonable prices.

Over the years the focus on quality products at reasonable prices has never changed. John Nunn has since gained a reputation for selling only products he knows and trusts, and those that he would use himself. Knowledge of equestrian sports and products is one of the defining factors for Bit of Britain. In fact, John is dedicated to hiring only keen sales associates who have knowledge and experience. Being able to help customers make the right buying decisions is part of what makes Bit of Britain a leader in the industry. 

Growing a Business

2003 the entire Bit of Britain operation was moved a few miles north to Oxford, PA. The new building, seven times larger than the previous one, allowed the company to expand its inventory while streamlining warehouse and shipping operations. 

Today, Bit of Britain's headquarters in Oxford, PA consists of a large retail store, warehouse, and an active Mobile Store that travels to over 35 shows each year. 

The company produces two retail catalogs annually, and has a full service e-Commerce store for customers who like to shop 24/7!  Keeping our website efficient and easy to use is paramount to our Online Service Team. Our goal is to offer our customers the same knowledge, courtesy, and quality, whether you shop our store, catalog or website!