In 1836, Anton Waldhausen founded a saddlery in Cologne, establishing a legacy of quality and affordability. By the 1850s, he supplied European nobility with premium tack. His son, Henri, expanded into leather goods and car luggage. Henri's sons, Toni and Hans, further grew the business, making it Germany's largest saddlery by 1895. World War II destroyed the company, but Ernst Albrecht Assenmacher Sr. rebuilt it, focusing on equestrian equipment. His son continued this focus, leading Waldhausen to become a leading equestrian supplier.