When Mark Borkholder, owner of Tyler Road Harness, 11541 Tyler Road, Bremen, Indiana, says he has a wide variety of horse harnesses and leather goods, he isn’t kidding.
“I do get a lot of people telling me they love all of the different items that we have to offer,” Borkholder says. “I appreciate that, and I make sure they get the best items they can. I spend time with our customers to make sure we find out exactly what they want.” Borkholder has a motto he loves and adheres to.
“I tell people that we offer ‘stitching and hitching to your specifications,’” he says. “We make sure everyone that buys something from us is completely satisfied. We want to keep going in the right direction from repeat business.”
Tyler Road Harness began as a business that offered just one item but grew to offer a multitude of products.
“We started as a horse harness business only,” Borkholder says. “We eventually decided to offer more items such as motorcycle accessories and custom and production canvas products. It was a good move.”
Borkholder says customers have commented that they like the friendly service as well.
“I have received comments from people that have said they enjoy buying things from us,” he says. “They also like the craftsmanship of their custom-made items.”
Borkholder doesn’t stock a lot of merchandise at his business, but he does have some items available.
“I have some knife and hatchet sheaves and wallets, and things like that,” he says.
Borkholder also makes belts, saddle bags, billfolds, and gun holsters.
“I have had customers tell me they like the money clips, checkbook covers and billfolds,” he says. “Customers give me a print of the item they want or need made, and I start prototyping. I love that part of the process. People like things that are custom made, and they feel good about a belt or billfold or another item that is made just right for them.”
Working with Leather
Borkholder considers himself a lucky man because he is doing something he loves, and he gets to work with different customers.
“I absolutely love working with leather, and I like the feel and quality of the material,” he says. “I love meeting new customers and getting things made just right. I also love working with my family and seeing what we have created together.”
The quality of merchandise made by Tyler Road Harness has earned the shop a solid reputation, according to Borkholder.
“We get a lot of repeat business from people who appreciate what we have to offer,” he says. “I like having people recommend me to their family and friends. We also have welders who buy welding protection items from us, and customers who buy production clicks. We make aprons for welding as well.” Saddles are also a popular item.
“We do offer high quality saddles and tacks,” Borkholder says. “We can work on new and used saddles, and we are a Weaver Authorized Dealer.”
Tyler Road Harness also has horse breast collars, riding breechings, saddle bags and halters and ropes.
‘We also offer billets, bits and spurs, and nice blankets and pads,” Borkholder says.
“We have so many farmers in the area that we have been able to get a lot of business. They use a lot of horses, and they come to us to get the exact items they are looking for.
I love talking to them and making sure they get what they need. It’s something I really enjoy doing. It’s a great part of the job.”
Headstalls and reins are made at Tyler Road Harness, as well as leather care products and grooming and stable supplies.
“We have some people who come to us for one or a couple of items, and find out that we offer a lot more, so they end up buying more,” he says.
Borkholder says he loves living in Bremen and appreciates his neighbors.
“I like the neighborhood and the community I live in.” he says. “There are some wonderful people in this area.”
To learn more about Tyler Road Harness, 11541 Tyler Road, Bremen, Indiana, call (574) 248-9276.