Black Country Saddles Sponsor Top Show Producer Jo Bates

Jo Bates and Comberton Corncockle

Jo Bates and Comberton Corncockle

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 with many major wins already under her belt and a lifetime of experience around horses and the show ring.  Jo and her daughter Holly run a busy training yard which focuses mainly on showing and dressage.

This season they will be aiming to qualify for key championship shows such as the RIHS in July and HOYS at the end of the season.

The Small Hack, Comberton Corncockle has already won two championships and Jo is delighted with their success and the fit of the new Black Country Classic Show Saddle.

Said Jo: “I am very pleased to have gained the support of Black Country Saddles. The team has many years’ experience when it comes to fitting and making bespoke saddles and their sponsorship is invaluable.

“Image is so important when you are in the show ring, and their saddles really do look the part as well as being a perfect fit for horse and rider. I am very impressed with the saddles and looking forward to riding in them.”

As well as Comberton Corncockle, Jo also has the rides on the Large Hack, Primitive Dazzler, Large Riding Horse, Daldorn Lara’s Theme and Maxi Cob, Colebourne for the season.

Jo had a fantastic Devon County Show qualifying for HOYS with Colebourne and taking the Hack Championship with Comberton Corncockle, the third one in a row.

Whalton Daydream has also been in great form taking the Hack Championship at BSPS to secure their RIHS ticket.

Added John Hartley of Black Country Saddles: “Jo is extremely hard working, produces horses to perfection and we are delighted she has joined the Black Country Saddles team of sponsored riders and producers.”

Well known for their prestigious range of saddles, the Black Country Saddles collection is made to the highest level of craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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