Black Country Saddles Sponsor Ridden Hunter Championship at Equifest

Equifest logo1Staffordshire-based Black Country Saddles has announced an exciting new sponsorship at Equifest 2016 and will be supporting the Ridden Hunter Championship.

Well-known for supporting leading names including Katy Carter, Kirstine Douglas, Jo Bates, Robert Walker, Sarah Parker and Simon Reynolds, their Classic Show Saddle has become hugely popular amongst riders.

Said Wendy Hartley of Black Country Saddles: “Equifest is a fantastic event and we are delighted to be sponsoring the prestigious Ridden Hunter Championship on the Thursday evening.

“It is now such a popular show and bearing in mind that last year our stand was so busy we decided we wanted to support the event by sponsoring one of the championships.”

Many leading competitors now ride in the Black Country Classic Show Saddle which  offers style and elegance when in the show arena.

This saddle is straight-cut to help accentuate the horse or pony’s shoulder but, has a subtle knee roll to help keep the rider in the ideal show position.

The low cantle helps provide a flatter seat for a neater appearance with the close profile of the saddle helping to show off and enhance the overall picture, so important in the world of showing.

Made using pre-oiled vintage leather, the saddle offers an ultra-comfortable seat and is flocked with pure wool to allow for greater bearing pressure and fitting adjustment.

More than 20 years of expertise has been combined to produce the saddle, using a specialist tree and the very best materials available today.

Perfecting Your Show Ring Gallop with Jayne Ross

Jayne Ross photo by Julian PortchDo you ride a Show Hunter, Show Cob, Working Hunter or Riding Horse? If so you will be required to gallop in the ring at a show.

You will be asked to gallop in the go-round after walk, trot and canter with other competitors so preparation is key.

The gallop pace forms an essential aspect of the marking criteria so it is very important that you get it right. I have judged and ridden several horses which have won a class with their gallop, so it could be the difference between a winning place or one half way down the line.

To achieve a correct gallop that will wow the judges, it is essential that you practice at home before expecting your horse to perform in the ring. When first teaching your horse to gallop, it is a good idea to ask him for a few strides in the school first, where it is a confined space, in case he gets excited. This also helps the horse to come back to you easily, which is a key element of the gallop and provides confidence in an environment they are used to.

The judge will be looking for a positive pace which moves forward easily into an extension with a lowered head and neck and then an obedient transition back to the canter.

It is crucial that your horse is off your leg and reacts to your aids for gallop. Practicing some ‘on and back’ will help to sharpen him up and also improve the downwards transition which should appear seamless and without any inconsistencies in the contact.

Once you have mastered the art of lengthening in the school, practice galloping in an open field where you will be able to open your horse out more. If he is a bit reluctant to go forwards, ride with another horse because this usually works a treat to help brighten them up. When practicing ask for a little more each time, rather than flat out to begin with, because this will teach the horse to lengthen gradually.

To ask for the gallop, adopt a slightly forward seat (like you would when cross country riding) loosen the reins by pushing your hands forward and ask him forward with a subtle leg aid. When making the downwards transition sit up into a conventional position and drop deeper into the saddle and gradually bring the hands back to their usual position.

Make sure you practice the gallop on both reins as although it is usually the left rein that you are asked to perform it on, you never know what the judge is going to ask you on the day!

It is also important to make sure your tack fits and allows freedom of movement for your horse.

Your show saddle must be comfortable for both horse and rider and fit well. The Black Country Classic Show Saddles I use were comfortable from the minute I sat in them and made me feel completely at home.

They also allow plenty of freedom of movement which is so important for the show horse in order that they can move well and have presence when in the ring.
Good luck with your gallop!

Hugely Successful Rolex Kentucky for Black Country Saddles Team

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Partners Rob Cullen and John Hartley have just returned from an absolutely fantastic trip to this year’s Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event having been joined and supported by a very strong team of highly qualified BCS Dealers from all over the United States.

John commented that the support from the dealers said everything about the ethos of the Black Country Saddles family with each dealer sharing their extensive saddlery knowledge with the never-ending queue of enthusiastic visitors to the stand.

Said John: “Dealers present included our long-time friends Patty Merli and Rip who brought along their very own “I love my Black Country Saddle” T-shirts that seemed to be worn by almost everyone walking by the longer the show went on!

“Alongside Patty and Rip were local dealer Bryan Lynch of Creature Comforts, Faye Flynn from Florida, Bob Cooper from Texas, Amanda Berges of The Saddle Tree, Ohio, Vet Thais McCoy from WA and Ann Jacobson from MN.”

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Added Rob: “We are just back from an amazing Rolex Kentucky Horse Trials.  It was by far our best attendance and we were delighted to have so much interest on the stand.

“The US launch of the new Dante collection with its unique seat positions proved a huge success.”

Regular visitors to this fantastic competition, Rob, John and the dealers were on hand to promote and explain the many benefits of riding in one of their saddles whether riding at the highest level or choosing a saddle for leisure activities.

This was the 36th consecutive year that Rolex Watch USA has sponsored the Kentucky Three-Day Event, the longest corporate sponsorship in horse sports.

Left to right – John Hartley, leading event rider Jessica Schultz and Rob Cullen on the stand at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event.

New Dante Vinici Jump from Black Country Saddles

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THE new Dante Vinici Jump from Black Country Saddles provides a jumping saddle that is designed for optimum performance of the horse and the rider.

Designed to enhance rider position when show jumping, the Dante Vinici is a fantastic example of the craftsmanship and technological advances available today.

Incorporating the well-established Vinici single/mono flap design, this saddle is high-spec throughout and has been developed as part of the new Dante range, which focuses on optimising rider position in the saddle.

This superb saddle incorporates the highly regarded flexible overlay girthing system with the straps lying on top of the panel.

Feeling at one with your horse is key to success and the hugely popular Vinici design has been developed into a stylish jumping saddle, with the Dante tree giving a narrow twist and making an ultra-lightweight saddle.

A squared-off cantle provides a slimmer look from the back which enhances the elegance of the saddle. In addition, the head nail is also square adding to the unique appearance of this saddle.

The Dante Vinici jump is available in Black, Brown or Oxblood and comes in sizes 17 to 18.5 inches.

Gypsy Fortune Heads for British Dressage Winter National Championships

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Derbyshire-based Gary Foggon and the 16.2hh bay mare, Gypsy Fortune have secured not just one but three tickets to the Winter Dressage Championships.

Competing at Myerscough Regional Championships the pair secured their first ticket finishing second in the Elementary Open Freestyle to music.

Gary and Gypsy Fortune continued their fantastic form in the Novice Open where they finished third, securing their second qualifying place, before being crowned Novice Open Freestyle to music champion.

Said Gary: “Gypsy Fortune is certainly on top form having just had the most thrilling Regional Championships at Myerscough where she became the North West Novice Open Freestyle to Music Champion.

“She totalled four top five placings with three qualifying her for the Winter National Championships at Hartpury in April.

“Gypsy Fortune is a home-bred mare by Grafenstolz out of the first horse I owned, Bonny Bank Jay Jay who competed right up to Advanced level British Eventing and competed successfully to PSG in dressage.

“I named her after a gypsy told my fortune, I’m very sceptic, but when she told me I had a filly foal and my mare was back in foal which was going to be a colt I was captivated, she then went on to tell me my filly was always going to be in the ribbons. Looking back so far she has been right!

“A huge amount of team work goes into getting horses ready from trainers, farriers, physio’s, chiropractors, grooms, family and friends. Having a correctly fitted saddle that allows my horses to move to the best of their ability, which I have found with Black Country Saddles, is so important and I am very delighted and honoured to have new sponsor Black Country Saddles as part of the team.”

New Dante Vinici Dressage from Black Country Saddles

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THE new Dante Vinici Dressage saddle has been developed utilising the very best in technological advances combining the closeness of the Vinici Dressage saddle with the new Dante design optimising rider position.

Extensive research and development has preceded the launch of this saddle and has contributed to its ability to help balance the rider.

The Dante Vinici Dressage saddle features a squared single/mono flap that offers outstanding closeness, maximising the contact between horse and rider.

The saddle also includes a narrow twist which helps with keeping the rider in a forward, upright position to maximise effectiveness.

The medium-deep seat and knee roll configuration offer non-restrictive security and support for the correct posture whilst the flexible overlay girthing system lies neatly between the cushioned sweat flap therefore avoiding any discomfort.

A squared-off cantle provides a slimmer look from the back, which enhances the elegance of the saddle. In addition, the head nail is also square adding to the unique appearance of this saddle.

The panels are designed to distribute weight evenly over a wide surface with a number of choices available to fit for all types of horses. The flap length and rolls are custom built to suit each individual.

The supreme quality of this saddle is accentuated by its calf covered leather, giving a soft and supple feel. The Dante Vinici Dressage is available in Black, Brown or Oxblood in sizes 17 to 18.5 inches.

International Rider Gary Foggon Joins Black Country Saddles Team

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WELL-KNOWN for producing talented young event and dressage horses, Buxton-based Gary Foggon has gained sponsorship from Black Country Saddles for the 2016 season.

As well as a host of homebred horses to bring on, Gary has two event horses, Who’s a Boozer and Gypsy Squire aimed at the five-year-old championships at Osberton.

Gary will focus the talented six-year-old, Gypsy Fortune on competing in the world of dressage.

When not competing, Gary is also busy training riders in both disciplines, a role he very much enjoys.

When it comes to show jumping and cross-country, Gary rides in a Black Country Saddles Vinici Jump and in the dressage arena his preferred choice is the Black Country Saddles Dante Dressage.

Said Gary: “Having met the Black Country Saddles team I have recently been involved in new saddle designs, coming up with ideas and providing feedback on latest developments and innovations.

“We developed the saddle so that I can sit in a more balanced and relaxed position which allows the horse more freedom.

“The saddles are just fantastic and as soon as you sit in one they are so comfortable, the leather is soft and supple from day one.”

Gary’s homebred horses Gypsy Squire and Gypsy Fortune are full brother and sister with both bred out of his former eventing mare, Bonny Bank Jay Jay by the well-known stallion Grafenstolz.

Added Rob Cullen of Black Country Saddles: “Gary is not only a talented rider but also has a great reputation as a trainer and we are delighted to have him join the Black Country Saddles team.

“He brings a host of innovative ideas when it comes to saddle design and development and his feedback has been excellent in recent months with the launch of the Dante range.”

Black Country Saddles Sponsor International Event Rider Ian Wills

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International event rider Ian Wills has a new sponsor for 2016 thanks to Black Country Saddles.

Based in Brackley, Northants, Ian has three main rides for this season including Hartpury Sky is the Limit, Marli III and Fallulah.

Ian has his sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a four year goal to achieve his life-long dream.

Said Ian: “I am really excited about joining the Black Country Saddles team of sponsored riders and to be representing them in the world of eventing.

“I have three talented horses to ride this season and am so really looking forward to getting the competition season underway.

“With the success of 2015 putting me on the World Class Equine Pathway I now have Tokyo 2020 firmly in mind.  Being part of Team GB is a dream I intend to make a reality.”

Ian’s preferred choice from the Black Country Saddles range are the Vinici Jump and Vinici Dressage saddles which he says fit to perfection and help provide excellent balance whether in the dressage arena or on the cross-country course.

In 2015 Ian and Hartpury Sky is the Limit won the 8/9-year-old Advanced class at Aston Le Walls and was the only horse to finish on his dressage score.

Other notable completions included sixth at Hartpury International CCl** and fourth at Blenheim International Horse Trials in the 8/9-year-old CIC*** where Ian was the highest placed British rider.

Owned by the ever-supportive Brodie family, in 2016 Hartpury Sky is the Limit is aimed at the Grantham Cup at Belton then Chatsworth CIC*** followed by Tattersalls in Ireland CCI*** targeting a Nations Cup team place for summer 2016.  With these foundations laid Ian will then aim Hartpury Sky is the Limit at his first CCI**** and Badminton in 2017.

Adds Ian: “Eventing is the biggest test of a horse’s ability, agility and mind-set and more importantly, the biggest test of partnership and trust between horse and rider. Thanks to Black Country Saddles I have fantastic equipment which I can rely on at the highest and most demanding levels of the sport.”

Black Country Saddles Sponsor Showing Supremo Jayne Ross

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LEADING rider and producer Jayne Ross is the latest top showing star to join the Black Country Saddles sponsored team.

Well known for their prestigious range of saddles, bridles and accessories, Black Country Saddles produce a bespoke collection that has been developed to the highest level of craftsmanship with superb attention to detail.

Jayne has ridden and trained many top show horses over the years winning all major titles including five supreme championships at the Horse of the Year Show.

Based in Windsor, Jayne had a fantastic 2015 season winning the British Horse Society Supreme Horse Championship at the Royal International on the lightweight show hunter Time to Reflect.

She then finished the year by winning the Supreme Horse of Year Championship at HOYS for a second year running on the riding horse, Broadshard Simplicity.

Said Jayne: “I am very impressed with the Black Country show saddles and am really looking forward to riding in them this season. To have gained their support is a fantastic start to the year.

“The show saddle is so comfortable and is a fantastic fit for horse and rider.  The minute you sit on one you feel completely at home and you know you will not have to spend time bedding it in.

“They also allow plenty of freedom of movement which is so important for the show horse in order that they can move well and have presence when in the ring.”

Added Wendy Hartley of Black Country Saddles: “We are delighted to have Jayne join our sponsored team.  Her brilliance in the show ring, attention to detail and immaculate presentation is well known.  She is a winner through and through and also understands the importance saddles play in their success.”

Simon and Natalie Reynolds Join Black Country Saddles Team

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WELL KNOWN for their huge success in the world of showing, Simon and Natalie Reynolds have secured new sponsorship from Black Country Saddles.

With various showing championship successes to their names, the husband and wife team are a major force to be reckoned with especially when it comes to cob and show hunter classes.

Simon’s partnership with the maxi cob Hallmark lX has led to countless accolades while other multi-winning partnerships include the lightweight cob Cock Robin, small hunter Sporting Sam and working hunter Ballin County.

Natalie’s major wins came aboard the lightweight cob Casanova and of course her small hunter Bailey’s Over Ice.

Said Simon: “We are extremely impressed by the quality and fit of the saddles.  The leather is just superb and has such a premium feel. 

“We also like the fact the business is run by a team who fully understand horses and the horse world in general so recognise the exacting requirements of competitors like ourselves.

“Show cobs are not the easiest horses to fit when it comes to saddles but the team did a fantastic job making sure everything was just right.  The attention to detail is truly outstanding.”

Added Wendy Hartley of Black Country Saddles: “Simon and Natalie are a great team and have won many championships over the years.  We are delighted to be supporting them and look forward to success throughout 2016.”

Dante Vinici Jump

Providing an outstanding closeness to your horse, the Dante Vinici jumping saddle is all about optimum performance for the horse and the rider.

The Dante Vinici is a fantastic example of the craftsmanship and technological advances available today, designed to enhance rider position when show jumping.

Incorporating the well-established Vinici single/mono flap design, this saddle is high-spec throughout and has been developed as part of the new Dante range, which focuses on optimising your position in the saddle.

This superb saddle incorporates the highly regarded flexible overlay girthing system with the straps lying on top of the panel helping to aid rider feel.

Feeling at one with your horse is key to success and the hugely popular Vinici design has been developed into a stylish jumping saddle, with the Dante tree giving a narrow twist and an ultra-lightweight saddle.

A squared-off cantle provides a slimmer look from the back, which enhances the elegance of the saddle. In addition, the head nail is also square adding to the unique appearance of this saddle.

Available in Black, Brown or Oxblood in sizes 17 to 18.5 inches.

Dante Vinici Dressage

The Dante Vinici Dressage saddle has been designed utilising the very best in technological advances. It combines the closeness of the Vinici Dressage saddle with the new Dante design, optimising rider position.

Extensive research and development has preceded the design of this saddle and has contributed to its ability to optimise the position of the rider.

The Dante Vinici dressage saddle features a squared single/mono flap that offers outstanding closeness, maximising the contact between you and your horse. This saddle also includes a narrow twist which helps to keep the rider in a forward, upright position to maximise effectiveness.

The medium-deep seat and knee roll configuration offer non-restrictive security and support for the correct posture. The flexible overlay girthing system lies neatly between the cushioned sweat flap so as to avoid any discomfort.

A squared-off cantle provides a slimmer look from the back which enhances the elegance of the saddle. In addition, the head nail is also square adding to the unique appearance of this saddle.

Panels are designed to distribute weight evenly over a wide surface. A good selection of panel options allow to adapt the fit for all types of horses. Flap length and rolls are custom built to suit each individual.

The exemplary quality of this saddle is added to by the calf covered leather it is made from, giving a soft and supple feel. It is available in Black, Brown or Oxblood in sizes 17 to 18.5 inches.

New Dante Dressage Saddle

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THE new Dante Dressage from Black Country Saddles oozes quality and finesse and has been deigned utilising the very best in technological advances.

The saddle features a sleek look and a close contact design which allows the rider to feel closer to the horse. This saddle also includes a narrow twist which is preferable for some riders. It helps to keep the rider in a forward, upright position to maximise effectiveness.  Extensive research and development has preceded the design of this saddle and has contributed to its ability to optimise the position of the rider.

A squared-off cantle provides a slimmer look from the back, which enhances the elegance of the saddle. The saddle flap is also square as opposed to rounded, which creates a soft angle and sophisticated look. The skirt also features an innovative design, which really catches the eye. In addition, the head nail is also square, adding to the unique appearance of this saddle.

This saddle features a standard internal knee roll which provides an unrestricted feel for the rider and allows them to freely adjust their leg position.

The exemplary quality of this saddle is added to by the calf covered leather it is made from, giving a soft and supple feel. It is available in black, brown or oxblood in sizes 17 to 18.5 inches.

If you really want to stand out from the crowd in the dressage arena, look no further than the Dante dressage saddle.

New Dante Jump Saddle

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THE new Dante Jump from Black Country Saddles provides a luxurious saddle that is designed for maximum performance.

This innovative new saddle has a close contact design which allows the rider to feel closer to the horse improving the communication between horse and rider.

Incorporating a narrow twist, the Dante Jump enables the rider to sit closer to the horse’s back while the squared cantle design gives a stylish finish and slimmer appearance which really makes this saddle stand out from the crowd.

The saddle has been developed by skilled craftsman following extensive research to provide the show jumping rider with all the technological advances available today. In doing this, the Dante Jump saddle enhances the rider’s position and contributes to maximising their effect.

Standard size knee blocks mean that riders are not restricted and are able to adjust their position when necessary. The high-spec quality of the saddle is enriched through the use of calf skin covered leather, giving a deluxe feel and appearance.

The Dante Jump is available in black, brown or oxblood and comes in sizes 17 to 18.5 inches.

If you’re looking for a top class saddle to help you achieve that winning edge in the show jumping ring, look no further than the Dante Jump saddle.  Please contact your nearest dealer.

The New Cavalina Dressage Saddle

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The new Cavalina from Black Country Saddles has been specifically designed for the dressage pony and junior rider.

This beautiful bespoke saddle has a low cantle design helping to create balance in the saddle and suited to young riders who like more freedom in the seat.

The saddle is ideal for those riders who are used to a flatter style of saddle and are new to dressage designs, helping to create a harmonious picture.

The Cavalina comes in black and is available in 15 to 16.5 inch seat and the wide selection of panels and trees allow it to be fitted to a variety of ponies.

This hand-crafted saddle offers a design which is perfectly suited to the pony and creates a flattering picture which is sure to catch the eye and maximise performance in the ring.

The Black Country Saddles Cavalina is priced at £1,500.

For more information or help with buying a new saddle contact Black Country Saddles on 01543 578 243

Dante Jump Saddle

The Dante Jump Saddle provides a luxurious saddle that is designed for maximum performance.

This innovative saddle has a close contact design which allows the rider to feel closer to the horse improving the communication between horse and rider.

Incorporating a narrow twist, the Dante Jump enables the rider to sit closer to the horse’s back while the squared cantle design gives a stylish finish and slimmer appearance which really makes this saddle stand out from the crowd.

The saddle has been developed by skilled craftsman following extensive research to provide the show jumping rider with all the technological advances available today. In doing this, the Dante Jump saddle enhances the rider’s position and contributes to maximising their effect.

Standard size knee blocks mean that riders are not restricted and are able to adjust their position when necessary. The high-spec quality of the saddle is enriched through the use of calf skin covered leather, giving a deluxe feel and appearance.

The Dante jump is available in black, brown or oxblood and comes in sizes 17 to 18.5 inches.

Dante Dressage Saddle

The Dante Dressage Saddle oozes quality and finesse and has been deigned utilising the very best in technological advances.

The saddle features a sleek look and a close contact design which allows the rider to feel closer to the horse. This saddle also includes a narrow twist which is preferable for some riders. It helps to keep the rider in a forward, upright position to maximise effectiveness.  Extensive research and development has preceded the design of this saddle and has contributed to its ability to optimise the position of the rider.

A squared-off cantle provides a slimmer look from the back, which enhances the elegance of the saddle. The saddle flap is also square as opposed to rounded, which creates a soft angle and sophisticated look. The skirt also features an innovative design which really catches the eye. In addition, the head nail is also square adding to the unique appearance of this saddle.

This saddle features a standard internal knee roll which provides an unrestricted feel for the rider and allows them to freely adjust their leg position.

The exemplary quality of this saddle is added to by the calf covered leather it is made from, giving a soft and supple feel. It is available in black, brown or oxblood in sizes 17 to 18.5 inches.

The Dante Dressage is also available with external knee blocks (as pictured).