Wiebe Heirloom Quality®
Jimmy Wiebe Memorial®
Wiebe Heirloom Quality®
Jimmy Wiebe Memorial®
We are J. B. Wiebe III, LLC. Welcome to our website and thank you for stopping by.
Want to see more information about our products?
To see more specific product information and to shop using our Online Catalog, select the "SHOP" link at the top of this page. Product searches may be refined by selecting a category under the "ALL PRODUCTS" link in our Online Catalog.
The best and most reliable way to place an order is using our Online Catalog.
Questions may be sent to Jim by email to FineBridle@aol.com
Please provide an email and cell phone number when placing an order. Jim follows up with help measuring for custom orders and answers questions.
Our Wiebe family owned business, some of our history in equestrian sports and the bridle and saddle trades:
Our Wiebe family-owned company, J. B. Wiebe III, LLC, has its origins with the founding of Jimmy’s Saddlery by Jimmy Wiebe, "The Stitcher", in 1951, in Convent Station and Parsippany, New Jersery. After completing 3 years of service in the US Army's 182nd Airborne Division in Germany, from 1953 to 1956, Jimmy resumed stitching bridles and moved to Andover, New Jersey in 1959.
Jimmy and his son, Jim, built reputations for the finest hand-crafted custom bridles, saddles, and other saddlery, fine harness for show and pleasure driving, an extensive collection of bits, and training aids for training hunter and jumper show horses. Jimmy Wiebe passed away in December 2016, after devoting 65 years to the bridle and saddle making trades and supporting equestrian sports and hunter/jumper horse shows from coast to coast in the USA.
Jimmy's widow continued to sell Jimmy's custom bridles and saddlery continuously from 2017 through 2019, and in 2020, Jimmy’s Saddlery joined our Wiebe family-owned company, J. B. Wiebe III, LLC.
Jimmy’s son, Jim, continues our Wiebe family traditions and commitments to the saddlery trade and fine craftsmanship as our managing director.
Today, Jim continues to make our finest Wiebe Heirloom Quality® bridles, saddlery strap goods, training aids, and leather accessories for the home office, executives and other professionals, and show stables.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1998, and leads all aspects of our product development, quality, and manufacturing engineering functions as our Managing Director and Principal Product Development Engineer. Jim also offers engineering consulting services to our clients through our company, J. B. Wiebe III, LLC.
Jim is an inventor for a range of patents, mostly in knee implant systems and heavy duty orthopedic surgical power instruments, as part of his work over 25 years as an engineering professional in product development and product sustainability. He has product development and product sustainability expertise in English saddlery and harness, naval nuclear propulsion system valve sustainability, electrical connector manufacturing progressive dies, heavy duty and micro surgical power instruments, knee orthopedic systems including knee implants, patient specific solutions in knee orthopedics, reusable and single use knee orthopedic instruments, and knee implant bone fit algorithm and prototype software system development.
J. B. Wiebe III, LLC is an internet-based company located in northwest Mississippi near Memphis, Tennessee. We do not operate a brick-and-mortar store or public showroom for onsite selling. We sell by mail order through our website, https://jbwiebe3.com/shop/
We specialize in finely hand crafted English bridles, saddlery, and accessories for show horses, equestrians, and other horse enthusiasts in the USA.
Jim designs and makes most of what we sell to special custom order in our workshop in the USA. We use the finest English equestrian leather, hardware, thread, and textiles in our saddlery products: only the best.
The best way to initiate an order is by using our Online Catalog.
Jim may be reached by email to FineBridle@aol.com
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Handcrafted Designs and 5 Generations of Master Craftsmen
Jim Wiebe established Bennett's Hunter® Fine Bridles and saddlery designs in 1983. Many of the bridles we sell are custom fitted to the horse and rider by Jim. Finely hand crafted and made to last, some of Jim's custom bridles have been in service for over 40 years.
Jim was trained by his father, Jimmy Wiebe, "The Stitcher", founder of Jimmy's Saddlery, and also his grandfather, James B. Wiebe Sr.
Jim has been immersed in the saddlery trade since the early 1960's, when as a small boy in Jimmy's workshop in Oldwick, New Jersey, he made his first leather belt under Jimmy's supervision. Other projects followed. From 1979 through 1981, Jim apprenticed in Jimmy's workshop in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1983, Jim established Bennett's Saddlery in Weston, Connecticut, and in 1989, moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, J. B. Wiebe III, LLC is located in northwest Mississippi near Memphis, Tennessee in the USA.
Our Wiebe family legacy includes a line of master craftsman that goes back at least 5 generations. Jim is keeping alive this family legacy as managing director of J. B. Wiebe III, LLC.
Who may shop with us
We sell to individual equestrians, professional trainers and riders, farms, and show stables that are in good standing with our company.
We do not sell to other saddlery businesses, tack trailer horse show vendors, saddlery boutiques, feed stores, or any other retail or wholesale seller of saddlery. We only sell directly to end users of our products who are in good standing with our company.
· For more information on who may purchase from us, and how to place an order, see our business policies at the bottom of this home page.
Wiebe Heirloom Quality® is a trademark of James B. Wiebe III, all rights reserved. Jim places this trademark on all custom leather goods that he makes in our workshop in northwest Mississippi in the USA. Only our finest special custom products Made-To-Order by Jim receive this exclusive trademark.
Our quality design specifications originated in our Jimmy’s Saddlery workshops in New Jersey from the 1950’s through 1974. Jimmy Wiebe relocated to Skowhegan, Maine, in 1974, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1978.
Today, our finest custom saddlery products are the finest quality in the English saddlery industry in the USA. Our finest quality custom work far exceeds the quality of English and European saddlery that is manufactured in England, the EU, and in Asia.
Don't take our word for it: look and compare our custom work quality to others made in the USA and overseas.
To see the best, look closely at the photographs in our photo gallery below and on our “SHOP” page to see the detail that Jim puts into our finest Wiebe Heirloom Quality® custom work, a J. B. Wiebe III, LLC exclusive only available directly from our company.
When you order a Wiebe Heirloom Quality® custom bridle or other custom saddlery made to order especially for you, it is made in our workshop by Jim Wiebe.
Our custom bridles and other custom saddlery are not imported from a mass producer in Walsall, England - that would not be custom made, nor are our custom orders delegated to an apprentice or other journeyman bridle maker in our workshop or elsewhere. They are made 100% by Jim Wiebe in our J. B. Wiebe III, LLC workshop in Mississippi, USA.
Bennett's Hunter® and Jimmy Wiebe Memorial® bridles:
Our finest custom products are our Bennett's Hunter® and Jimmy Wiebe Memorial® products.
Bennett's Hunter® and Jimmy Wiebe Memorial® are trademarks of James B. Wiebe III, all rights reserved.
Bennett's Hunter® and Jimmy Wiebe Memorial® show bridles and other saddlery are finely stitched 11 to 14 stitches per inch, with all fancy stitching and stress points stitched finely by hand.
Edges are shaved, burnished and creased by hand. The finest Number 1 Select bridle leather, harness leather, and other equestrian leather we import from England are used in our equestrian products.
Since the 1950's, the Wiebe family has developed a broad range of the best World Class leather sources for our saddles, custom bridles, other custom saddlery, and executive leather accessories for the home office and stable.
We use the Best Quality Cupro-Nickel Alloy (BQNA), stainless steel, nickle plated brass, and solid brass hardware from the finest global suppliers.
We personally select the best saddlery threads and textiles from the finest global sources.
Jimmy Wiebe Memorial® Special Collections:
In memory of Jim’s Dad, Jim Wiebe offers special collections under our exclusive trademark, Jimmy Wiebe Memorial®. These bridles and other saddlery strap goods in this product family are by custom order only.
Our Wiebe Heirloom Quality® products are made to order in our workshop in the USA. Because these products are custom made to order exclusively by Jim, lead times are longer than other products we have in stock and ready to ship.
Our standard saddlery product lines by Jimmy Wiebe, in stock and ready to ship:
If you need something faster than our special custom made Wiebe Heirloom Quality® products, we recommend you request our 20thCentury® and 21st Century® products which are usually in stock and ready to ship.
20th Century® Custom and 21st Century® imported bridles, saddles, and training aids:
Genuine 20th Century® Custom saddlery was designed by Jimmy Wiebe and is exclusively manufactured, imported, and sold by J. B. Wiebe III, LLC:
20th Century® and 21st Century® trademarks with the Custom stamp placed on strap goods were made by Jimmy Wiebe prior to 2020, and in J. B. Wiebe III, LLC's workshop from 2020 to present day.
20th Century® and 21st Century® trademarks without the Custom stamp were made to Jimmy Wiebe's strict quality specifications and imported by Jimmy Wiebe and Jimmy's Saddlery prior to 2020, and by J. B. Wiebe III, LLC from 2020 to present day. These products are in stock and not made-to-order.
Jimmy Wiebe's Saddlery Hardware Collection:
Jimmy Wiebe's bit collection includes many genuine original John Drewsbury pattern Kangaroo™ BQNA and the finest Eldonian™ stainless steel bits imported from England by Bennett's Saddlery and Jimmy's Saddlery prior to calendar year 2000.
Don't be misled by bits recently rebranded on the internet by manufacturers in England that are using reprints of John Drewsbury "Kangaroo" and "Eldonian" brand tags or labels.
All of our Eldonian™ stainless steel and Kangaroo™ BQNA bits and much of our BQNA specially manufactured stout finely finished bridle hardware were imported from England by the Wiebe family before previous manufacturers shut down their saddlery hardware manufacturing operations in England.
Some of these English companies off-shored their manufacturing to China. Some of these manufacturers in England went out of business and their brand names were sold to other lessor quality manufacturers and wholesalers in England. What resulted was production of lessor quality saddlery hardware to present day.
Our genuine best quality English saddlery hardware is more finely finished and made from the original patterns no longer in production in England. It is in limited supply and only available from J. B. Wiebe III, LLC.
J. B. Wiebe III, LLC makes much of what we sell to the specialized requirements of our customers. Whether a custom fitted bridle, a new fancy stitch pattern, hand stitched monogram, or a new original training aid design, Jim Wiebe and
J. B. Wiebe III, LLC can support your special needs.
We can work from a cell phone photo of a rough sketch on a napkin or a detailed specification drawing. We will walk you through any measuring required for custom orders. Delivery times vary, so ask for our current lead time when ordering.
Jim may be contacted by email to FineBridle@aol.com
See our business policies at the bottom of this page for more information on how to place an order.
Bennett's Hunter ® 1/2 Round Fancy Bridle.
Made to order.
Do you have a question? Are you looking for something for that special horse, rider, trainer, or a groom that always goes above and beyond - always exceeding expectations? Looking for the very best quality? Want to complete "the picture" you present in the show ring by showing your horse at their very best?
We are an internet based business located in northwest Mississippi, near Memphis, TN. Drop us a line via email, or call/text us and we will get back to you with answers!
Mailing address: 429 E. Commerce St., #112, Hernando, MS 38632
The best way to reach us is by email to FineBridle@aol.com.
Our office will be closed the following dates:
Closed Saturdays and Sundays.
19 February - President's Day
29 March - 01 April
25 May - 02 June
29 June - 07 July
31 August - 08 September
During closures we will have very limited access to phone, email, and internet messages. We will respond as soon as possible when we reopen following scheduled closures.
Be the first to hear about new product launches, horse shows we plan to attend, and prizes we donate to horse shows.
Retail Business Policies:
In general, our business policies for terms of payment, fulfilling orders, returns, and credits for returns are as follows, subject to change without notice.
1. We reserve the right to refuse to sell to someone at our sole discretion. In 2022, we found it necessary to add this to our business policies due to what we saw as a breakdown in civility in social media and other forms of electronic communications, including instant messages, emails, and social media posts in general.
We work very hard to present our products professionally and invest a great deal of time, work, and cost in creating our finest custom work. We simply do not have the bandwidth to deal with excessive drama or unprofessional behavior. To keep our business sustainable we cannot tolerate business policy noncompliance or conflicts of interest.
Violation of our business policies, problems with timely payment of invoices, hostile communications or social media posts directed toward our company, employees, or managers, and conflicts of interest such as brand ambassadors representing competitor products and individuals with ownership interests in competitor saddlery businesses may result in denial of purchasing privileges.
This is similar to the "Right To Work" philosophy, common standards of professional behavior, and general conflict of interest provisions seen in businesses in the USA in general. Customers get to choose where they buy products and sellers get to choose whom they will sell to, as permitted by law.
We offer our products for sale to all individuals in good standing with our company based on our interactions with them, their compliance with our business policies, and where there is no known conflict of interest.
2. Special Orders, Items Made-To-Order, and other Special Custom Orders: Items Made-To-Order, items specially custom Made-To-Measure, and special order items with a hand stitched monogram or name, or otherwise personalized with nameplates or tags including our Bennett's Hunter® and Jimmy Wiebe Memorial® items, and some 20th Century® Custom items are Final Sale and require full payment to place the order. Once paid, these orders are final and cannot be canceled except by J. B. Wiebe III, LLC.
The customer is responsible for the accuracy of measurements they provide to us for special orders. Fitting can be very subjective and varies from trainer to trainer. We do not guarantee an exact fit. We supply our special order saddlery items to fit our customer's measurements with adjustment available at the buckles.
We estimate an approximate delivery date when we send an invoice for payment. These estimated dates are not guaranteed. We try to complete orders as promptly as possible, but we always put quality first and this takes time. Special or Custom orders may take longer than expected, sometimes significantly longer than expected. We guarantee the quality of our custom work, but we do not guarantee specific delivery dates on items Made-To-Order in our workshop.
Once the customer agrees to our Made-To-Order item terms and the order payment is accepted by J. B. Wiebe III, LLC, the order cannot be canceled by the customer and payment will not be refunded.
3. Stock item orders: Orders for items we have in stock prior to order that are not discounted, on sale as part of a special promotion, or made to order may be canceled or returned for a store credit provided the item(s) returned are in new saleable condition and are not oiled, stained, conditioned, used, blemished by handling, or damaged in any way.
Stock items may be exchanged for alternative items of same or lesser value provided returned parts are in new saleable condition and are not oiled, stained, used, blemished by handling, or damaged in any way. This allows a near custom fit at a stock size price which is lower than our special custom made-to-order, made-to-measure, or monogrammed personalized item pricing.
We charge return shipping and handling. We do not charge a restocking fee for accepted returns and exchanges.
4. Returns, Store Credits, and Refunds: Returned items are subject to our own receipt inspection before we will accept them for a store credit.
We do not give refunds.
If an item is verified by us to be defective in materials or workmanship, we may, at our sole discretion, opt to repair or replace a defective item or give a store credit once we confirm the returned item is defective.
Rejected returns will be returned to the customer and return shipping charged to the customer.
5. Items that have been oiled, stained, conditioned, blemished by handling, or otherwise used cannot be returned.
6. We are an internet based business located in northwest Mississippi near Memphis, Tennessee. We collect 7% sales tax for all items delivered to addresses in Mississippi.
We do not maintain a “brick and mortar” store for face-to-face retail selling.
We may elect to display and sell our products at horse shows, trade shows, and other public facing events in the USA. Otherwise, all of our business is conducted by internet, cell phone, or USPS mail.
7. Shipping methods and responsibilities: We do not pay transportation charges because we cannot be responsible for goods that are in shipment and out of our hands. We insure goods for full value for our customer's protection. Shipments may require a signature by the customer at time of delivery. The customer is responsible for ensuring their availability to securely receive and sign for packages and for the accuracy of their shipping address.
FedEx Ground and UPS Ground are our usual methods of delivery. We may ship by DHL or USPS Priority Mail.
We only ship to addresses in the USA.
Our average shipping/handling charge in early 2023 for a bridle, reins, and martingale was $35.00 (this may change). Rush shipping charges by FedEx, UPS, and other carriers can be significantly higher.
Shipping charges are not credited or refundable to the customer once an order is paid. The customer is responsible for paying shipping charges to and from J. B. Wiebe III, LLC.
8. Special orders: We can make personalized products with monograms and custom sizing made to measure. We can also make special designs on request. Special orders cannot be canceled once paid.
9. Website and online catalog: https://jbwiebe3.com/shop
10. FaceBook pages:
11. How to place an order and pay:
An order may be initiated using the SHOP page on this website. Otherwise, to place an order, contact us via email to FineBridle@aol.com
We may provide measuring instructions and ask for measurements to determine sizes. When we have sufficient information to price the order, we will request payment and provide an estimated delivery date. To complete placing the order, send payment by bank check, money order, or credit card. Paying the order secures a place in our order book. We do not start work on orders until they are paid.
We accept bank checks, money orders, and credit cards.
Bank checks and money orders:
Before paying by bank check or money order, please confirm the total amount due with us by email to FineBridle@aol.com
Please make checks and money orders payable to:
J. B. Wiebe III, LLC
429 E. Commerce St., #112
Hernando, MS 38632
Credit card orders:
Please place your order online using our Online Catalog at https://jbwiebe3.com/shop and we will explain how to pay using a credit card.
Our business is internet based. We do not display our products at horse shows and other public-facing events. In the future we may market and sell our products at horse shows, trade shows, and other equestrian venues in the USA. We will announce any changes to our schedule here and on Facebook and Instagram.
Stay tuned. We will be updating this section soon.
Stay tuned. We will be updating this section soon.
For Release 11 October 2023, updated 15 January 2024:
We are pleased to announce we are the Official Fine Leather Products Company of the Virginia Horse Show Association, and honored to be a sponsor of the Virginia Horse Show Association's (VHSA's) 2023 and 2024 Silent Auction and Live Auction at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, to benefit equestrian education programs in Virginia.
Our donations to the Live Auctions in 2023 and 2024 will include a 21st Century® Close Contact Jumping Saddle with stirrups and leathers, several 1/2 Round Fancy Snaffle Bridles, Laced Reins, and Standing Martingales. Donations to the VHSA's Silent Auction will include bits and bit accessories for hunter and jumper show horses.
We encourage all attendees to bid at these auctions to support the VHSA's educational programs.
Do you have questions? We have answers.
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