Dressage rider Lucy Bulmer was looking to upgrade to a new saddle for her 15-year-old Belgium Warmblood, Boras when she came across the Optima from Black Country.
The pair has been together since he was a young four-year-old and now compete at Prix St George level. Good friend Mary McGowan bought Boras for Lucy more than 10 years ago as a project after her then top horse had an injury.
Based near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Lucy now helps her sister run a clothing business and as well as running the shop they are also busy out and about with a stand at shows and events.
Said Lucy: “Over the last few years I have scaled down my riding and teaching to concentrate on the shop but still have ambitions and want to do as well as I can with Boras.
“I was looking for a new saddle and having tried many with the help of the team at North Yorkshire Saddles I was just delighted when I had a sit on the Black Country Saddles Optima model.
“I couldn’t believe how comfortable it was for both Boras and me and having ridden in it a few times it has really helped my sitting trot.
“I tried a lot of saddles and this was the only one that I truly felt made a difference to both of us.”
The new Optima dressage saddle was quickly put to good use with Lucy and Boras qualifying for the British Dressage National Championships when winning the Northern Regional Gold Prix St George championship at Port Royal.
Added Lucy: “Black Country Saddles will definitely be my first port of call next time I need a new one and a couple of my friends have recently bought one and are also delighted.”