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Rolex Kentucky Success for Black Country Saddles Team

LONGSTANDING supporters of the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Black Country Saddlers partners Rob Cullen and John Hartley once again attending this exciting event. The Black Country Saddles range is proving more popular than ever across the United States and … Continue reading

Sharpening Your Horse’s Focus

Here Black Country Saddles sponsored event rider, Sara Squires offers some useful advice on ensuring your horse is responsive and reacts positively, no matter what the situation. Explains Sara: The essence of success is to train your horse to be … Continue reading

Woodview Shangri-La is Victorious in The Price Family Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship at HOYS

Katrina Kozersky’s British Riding Pony, Woodview Shangri-La and daughter Alina Kozersky were picture-perfect from start to finish in The Price Family Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship at HOYS. After taking the First Ridden title, they went one better … Continue reading

Successful Outing for the Youngsters

As the 2017 eventing season draws to a close Black Country Saddles sponsored event and dressage rider, Sara Squires writes about her recent competitions and team of horses. In early October we took the young horses to Swalcliffe One-Day-Event with … Continue reading

Sophie Wells Awarded Horse of the Year Show Equestrian of the Year

Black Country Saddles sponsored rider Sophie Wells was presented with the prestigious Horse of the Year Show 2017 Equestrian of the Year Award on the opening night of the end of season finale. Fresh from her time on the podium … Continue reading

Great Run for Sara Squires

Here Black Country Saddles sponsored event rider Sara Squires keeps us up to date with her latest competition form. In the middle of August we travelled to Hartpury for the Burghley Young Event Horse class which was a first outing … Continue reading

International Rider Sara Squires Joins Black Country Saddles Team

Gloucestershire-based event and dressage rider Sara Squires has joined the Black Country Saddles sponsored team. Sara is a well-established international rider who started riding and competing full-time in 2010 and quickly made her mark at the top of the sport. … Continue reading

Conquering that Daunting Debut at HOYS

In the run up to HOYS it is important to be as prepared as you can be without turning yourself and everyone around you into a nervous wreck! The main aim is to be confident in the ring and to … Continue reading

Gary Foggon Helps Prepare Chilli for Her First Event

To celebrate their 25th Anniversary Black Country Saddles launched a competition on their Facebook page to win a lesson with event rider Gary Foggon. The lucky winner was Becky Bingham from Westwoodside near Doncaster, who travelled to Gary’s Derbyshire yard … Continue reading

Homegrown Phoenix Takes Show Hunter Championships

AN electric atmosphere greeted competitors in the TopSpec Arena for the Black Country Saddles Show Hunter Championship at this year’s Equifest. And having made the leap from dressage to showing just four months ago, Homegrown Phoenix ridden by Elliot Dowler … Continue reading

A Busy Year for Izzy Palmer

Towards the end of 2016, young Izzy Palmer was re-selected for another two years of opportunity for learning and development on the lottery funded World Class Podium Potential Programme. Izzy rides the well known dressage names – Pinocchio and Touchdown … Continue reading

Gary Trains with Carl Hester

Black Country Saddles sponsored rider Gary Foggon lets us in on his training session with the legendary Carl Hester as they are now on the count d own to the British Dressage Winter Championships. Gary trains with both Carl Hester … Continue reading

Black Country Saddles Sponsor Ridden Hunter Championship at Equifest 2017

Equifest 2017 will once again see Staffordshire-based Black Country Saddles sponsoring the Ridden Hunter Championship, following the success of last year. Well-known for supporting leading names including Katy Carter, Kirstine Douglas, Jo Bates, Robert Walker, Sarah Parker and Simon Reynolds, … Continue reading

Jayne Ross Showing Tip

The bigger the show means a bigger arena, therefore your horse will need to be fitter.  With the major shows remember to anticipate what the judge will require when riding. Ensure you have long enough stirrup leathers, big stirrup irons … Continue reading

Gary Dances to Success at Dressage Regionals

THERE was much to celebrate for Derbyshire-based international rider Gary Foggon recently when he qualified for no less than four finals at the British Dressage Winter Championships The Black Country Saddles team rider was in fantastic form at the Winter … Continue reading

Successful Trade Event for Black Country Saddles

Staffordshire-based Black Country Saddles recently held a busy and successful two day trade event with many of their dealers in attendance. The modern premises in Cannock were busy with Black Country Saddles authorised dealers keen to learn more about recent … Continue reading

Roscoe’s a Perfect Fit for Kate

Having ridden big warmblood horses for many years, Gloucester-based Kate Vickery wanted to down-size and ride out with her children as they became more confident in the saddle. With this in mind, at the end of May, Kate bought Roscoe … Continue reading

Roscoe’s a Perfect Fit for Kate

Having ridden big warmblood horses for many years, Gloucester-based Kate Vickery wanted to down-size and ride out with her children as they became more confident in the saddle. With this in mind, at the end of May, Kate bought Roscoe … Continue reading

Winter Time Saving Tips with Gary Foggon

Winter does not have to be all about dark nights and early mornings.  In this issue international rider Gary Foggon of Team Black Country Saddles provides some handy hints to make good use of precious time throughout the autumn and … Continue reading

Gary and Who’s A Boozer Toast Success

Derbyshire-based international rider Gary Foggon recently had a clean sweep at the Draught Horse Dressage Championships. Held at Keysoe Equestrian Centre, Gary’s successes came riding Mark Caley’s home bred five-year-old, Who’s A Boozer, known as Charlie at home, and by … Continue reading

Winter Time Saving Tips with Gary Foggon

Winter does not have to be all about dark nights and early mornings. In this issue international rider Gary Foggon of Team Black Country Saddles provides some handy hints to make good use of precious time throughout the autumn and … Continue reading

Top Tips on Ringcraft for Winter Shows

As the rider and producer of Elusive the 2016 Hack of the Year at HOYS, Jo Bates has a wealth of experience in the world of showing. Here we talk to the Black Country Saddles rider about ringcraft and what the … Continue reading

Saddle Helps Lucy to National Championships

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 … Continue reading

Lisa’s Saddle Delight

It is always great to receive feedback from happy customers and this one from Lisa Paddleford and her local dealer Trumbull Mountain we just had to share… …”I know I’ve told you this several times, but can I tell you just … Continue reading

Master Bandsman Plays the Tune at Equifest

THE Black Country Saddles Show Hunter championship at Equifest provided a feast of quality on the Thursday Evening Performance. With the first and second from the Lightweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight sections through, judges Richard Ramsey and Kevin Lee had the … Continue reading

Gary Foggon and Gypsy Fortune Head to the National Dressage Championships

Derbyshire-based Gary Foggon and Gypsy Fortune have continued their rise up the dressage ranks by qualifying for the National Championships. Competing at the Port Royal Regionals the pair secured their ticket by finishing second in the Elementary Gold section on … Continue reading

TV Debut for Young Dressage Rider

PARA dressage rider, Izzy Palmer has caught the attention of the media recently with a television crew for ITV visiting the home of her trainer, mentor and good friend Sophie Wells to film a piece on their relationship and Paralympic … Continue reading

Black Country Saddles Sponsor Ridden Hunter Championship at Equifest

Staffordshire-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, … Continue reading

Perfecting Your Show Ring Gallop with Jayne Ross

Do 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 … Continue reading

Hugely Successful Rolex Kentucky for Black Country Saddles Team

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 … Continue reading

New Dante Vinici Jump from Black Country Saddles

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 … Continue reading

Gypsy Fortune Heads for British Dressage Winter National Championships

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 … Continue reading

New Dante Vinici Dressage from Black Country Saddles

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 … Continue reading

International Rider Gary Foggon Joins Black Country Saddles Team

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 … Continue reading

Black Country Saddles Sponsor International Event Rider Ian Wills

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 … Continue reading

Black Country Saddles Sponsor Showing Supremo Jayne Ross

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 … Continue reading

Simon and Natalie Reynolds Join Black Country Saddles Team

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 … Continue reading

New Dante Dressage Saddle

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 … Continue reading

New Dante Jump Saddle

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 … Continue reading

The New Cavalina Dressage Saddle

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 … Continue reading

Saddle Proves a Winner for Julia

TEN years ago, Perthshire based Julia Craig bought a brand new Black Country Wexford saddle for her event horse. Now 10 years on and four horses later the saddle is still as good as new. Said Julia: “A saddler came … Continue reading

Top Results at HOYS 2015 for Black Country Saddles’ Sponsored Riders

THE team of Black Country Saddles’ sponsored riders notched up some fantastic results at the prestigious Horse of the Year Show. Sarah Parker finished the show in style with Sarum Rembrandt taking the coveted Supreme Pony of the Year title … Continue reading

Caring for your Tack throughout the Winter

Making sure your saddle and bridle is looked after properly will, in the long run, save you money. Here John Hartley of Black Country Saddles provides advice on caring for your saddle and bridle. When maintaining a used bridle clean your … Continue reading

Liberty is BSPS Mini Rider of the Year

Liberty Grota made the seven hour journey from her Pembrokeshire home to Arena UK in Lincolnshire worthwhile when she was crowned the Black Country Saddles BSPS Mini Rider of the Year Champion at the Summer Championships. Partnering the stunning four-year-old, … Continue reading

Lucille is Rider of the Year at BSPS Summer Championships

Eleven-year-old Lucille Bywater rode her socks off to impress the judges on her way to claiming the Black Country Saddles BSPS Rider of the Year Championships. Lucille partnered the 13-year-old Westfirle Mr Mcgregor to claim the under 13 age category … Continue reading

Championship Showing Success for Cassie Hartley

SHOW rider Cassie Hartley and her ride, Archeval Boutique Amadeus, have been in outstanding form this season capturing a host of titles at the BSPS Summer Championships. The 22-year-old from Stafford has had an excellent summer with her Intermediate Show … Continue reading

Just Electric – That’s Rupert for You!

ACROSS all equestrian disciplines every once in a while a partnership between horse and rider develops that is nothing short of legendary. In the world of pony showing few would doubt that this is the case for Poppy Carter and … Continue reading

New Sponsor for Young Show Rider Tori Oakes

Mountain & Moorland specialist Tori Oakes is celebrating after gaining sponsorship from Black Country Saddles, well-known for their bespoke range of premium saddles. Based in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, 23-year-old Tori has been making her mark on the showing world with her … Continue reading

International Dressage Rider Joins Black Country Saddles Team

BLACK Country Saddles are pleased to welcome international dressage rider and trainer, Denise Hallion to their team of sponsored riders. Denise, who is based in Southampton and trains with Carl Hester, currently rides for South Africa competing at Grand Prix … Continue reading

Black Country Saddles Sponsor Kirstine Douglas

BESPOKE saddle makers, Black Country Saddles has welcomed show rider and producer Kirstine Douglas to their sponsored team. Based in Dumfries, Scotland, Kirstine has been showing since she was three-years-old and worked for well-known showman Robert Oliver for five years … Continue reading

Fantastic Run for Sophie Wells

Black Country Saddles sponsored rider Sophie Wells is continuing her fantastic run of success. Having claimed her first able bodied championship title at Hartpury in April, she contested the Roosendal CPEDI*** with great success. Sophie and C Fatal Attraction, better … Continue reading

Black Country Saddles Roadshow

WITH the aim of promoting the importance of saddle fitting and the requirements of each individual horse and pony Black Country Saddlers are taking to the road with their new trade stand. John and Wendy Hartley are well known on … Continue reading

Baby Joy for Gemma and Brett

Black Country Saddles Client Executive, Gemma Cullen and her partner Brett Gollick are celebrating after the birth of their baby boy Caleb. Their first baby, Caleb arrived a few weeks early on May 26 but still weighed a healthy 6Ib … Continue reading

Lilly Ahern-Lee – Going Places

There are times raw talent is there for all to see.  Is it due to the family genes? Is it due to starting to ride when so very young?  Who knows, both are certainly true for Lilly Ahern-Lee, the Black … Continue reading

Successful Rolex Kentucky for Black Country Saddles Team

The Black Country Saddles team had a fantastic trip across the pond recently for the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event. Rob and John caught up with many of their valued customers throughout the event which was a great success. Regular visitors to … Continue reading

Black Country Saddles Reign Supreme at North of England Spring Show

THE team at Black Country Saddles were pleasantly surprised when they added up the number of riders, ponies and horses taking championship titles at the North of England Spring Show – all riding in one of their saddles. Said Wendy … Continue reading

A Busy Season Gets Underway

Leading showman Robert Walker has amassed a host of major championships over the years whether riding Show Hunters, Riding Horses, Hacks or Cobs. Well known for his attention to detail and making sure his horses look in fantastic condition, Robert’s … Continue reading

New Etienne Pony Jumping Saddle

LOOKING for a pony jumping saddle that offers the very latest in design and materials? The new Etienne Pony Jumping Saddle is the latest addition to the Black Country Saddles collection. The saddle has been developed specifically with the pony … Continue reading

Jumping into the Saddle

Here the team at Black Country Saddles provide advice on what to look for when buying a new show jumping saddle… Question: I am looking at buying a jumping saddle for my horse, what should I be looking for in … Continue reading

Talking Tack with Robert Walker

Black Country Saddles sponsored showman Robert Walker discusses the importance of correct tack and turnout for Show and Working Hunters and provides advice on how to make your horse look his best. First and foremost, it is important to realise … Continue reading

10 Things You Didn’t About Katy Carter

Black Country Saddles sponsored show pony producer Katy Carter, from Stoke-on-Trent had a very busy and successful 2014 season. Here we catch up with Katy to catch a glimpse of her hectic lifestyle. I went to Moorside High School in … Continue reading

Izabel Captures BSPS Mini Rider of the Year Award

YOUNG Izabel Worthington and her Lead Rein Show Hunter Pony, Conway Moonlight Serenade captured the Black Country Saddles Mini Rider of the Year Award at the BSPS Summer Championships. Based near Whitchurch, five-year-old Izabel had a smile from ear to … Continue reading

James Takes BSPS Rider of the Year Award

A delighted James Painter won the Black Country Saddles Rider of the Year Award at the BSPS Summer Championships. Shropshire-based James and the 143cm Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony, Willoway Apple Jack, were on great form to wow the … Continue reading

Black Country Saddles Sponsor BSPS Riders of the Year

BESPOKE saddle manufacturer Black Country Saddles is once again sponsoring the BSPS Rider of the Year Championships. A bespoke Black Country Saddle will be awarded to the winner of the Rider of the Year and a handmade Show Bridle will … Continue reading

Izzy Hits Top Form

PARA dressage rider, Izzy Palmer has been in superlative form this year with a host of wins and championships to her name. Just 13-years-old, Izzy has formed a fantastic partnership with Gregonne Coco Chanel, owned by Alison Duck. Izzy has … Continue reading

Kris Rides in Style and Comfort

RIDER Kris Brown has always tried to do the best for her team of young dressage horses. Buying big-moving horses with shoulders and large fronts to match, Kris had often struggled to find saddles that allowed them to move freely … Continue reading

Successful Trade Open Day for Black Country Saddles

Black Country Saddles recently held a highly successful Open Day for its trade customers at their state-of-the-art premises in Cannock, Staffordshire. This busy day included a champagne reception and provided the chance for visitors to view the exciting new and … Continue reading

Robert Walker Joins Black Country Saddles Team

LEADING show rider and producer Robert Walker has secured new sponsorship from Staffordshire-based Black Country Saddles. Well known for their prestigious range of saddles, the Black Country Saddles bespoke collection is made to the highest level of craftsmanship and attention … Continue reading

Black Country Saddles Sponsor Top Show Producer Jo Bates

Bespoke saddle manufacturer, Black Country Saddles, is delighted to announce they will be sponsoring one of the country’s leading show riders and producers, Jo Bates. Banbury-based Jo continues to be a major name when it comes to producing show horses … Continue reading

A Day in the Life of Sophie Wells

Here we catch up with sponsored para dressage rider, Sophie Wells MBE, as we take a sneak peek into her hectic daily schedule to find out what it takes to make your way to the top. At the age of … Continue reading

Heading to China?

WITH ambitious plans to expand into the Far East the team at Cannock-based Black Country Saddles are developing relationships with the China-Britain Business Council to assist them in their efforts. The export strategy is being carefully worked on and has … Continue reading

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Rolex Kentucky Success for Black Country Saddles Team

LONGSTANDING supporters of the prestigious Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Black Country Saddlers partners Rob Cullen and John Hartley once again attending this exciting event. The Black Country Saddles range is proving more popular than ever across the United States and … Continue reading

Sharpening Your Horse’s Focus

Here Black Country Saddles sponsored event rider, Sara Squires offers some useful advice on ensuring your horse is responsive and reacts positively, no matter what the situation. Explains Sara: The essence of success is to train your horse to be … Continue reading

Woodview Shangri-La is Victorious in The Price Family Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship at HOYS

Katrina Kozersky’s British Riding Pony, Woodview Shangri-La and daughter Alina Kozersky were picture-perfect from start to finish in The Price Family Mini Show Pony of the Year Championship at HOYS. After taking the First Ridden title, they went one better … Continue reading