…the secret to ignite your dressage performance.
Discover a position so natural and a connection so sensitive your saddle all but disappears as your performance comes to life.
This saddle celebrates the art of dressage – the sculpted performance conducted by horse and rider in choreographing every movement with emotion, power, and grace.
The perfect fit…
Achieve the perfect fit for your horse and generate a power and depth of expression that you have never have felt before.
Find stability with perfect balance that will grant you a stillness, an independence of seat and a lightness of hand and leg that will allow you to dance across your stage with ease.
Feel ultimate sensitivity, driving a connection that enables the subtlest finesse in your aids as you take the spotlight in the main arena.
The SweetSpot in the seat guides you to neutral, where you feel your pelvic bones squarely and contact is closest. This allows for a longer leg, perfect alignment, and support for your upper body balance.
A low profile panel in dressage is revolutionary. This panel achieves a quick and seamless transition from your seat to your horse for unprecedented connection. The Bates SynergyPanel is the ultimate for freeing your horse to perform to their full potential. It is simply the most shock absorbent and protective panel for your horse’s comfort and full range of movement.
When it comes to communication, the monoflap design enables the saddle to disappear, so you feel your horse as never before. The unique shaping of the saddle flap allows your aids to transmit to your horse cleanly and directly.
Enjoy unprecedented support to stabilize your leg and eliminate lift, with a contour that flows through the full length of the bloc. It is the quiet interaction of this FlexiContourbloc in riding that is like no other and has to be ridden in to experience its power.
Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bar
The Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bar further ensures maintaining perfect balance and strength is effortless, as the saddle is customized specifically to your individual riding position.
Simply the perfect riding surface with its luxurious and tactile grip. When it comes to leather there isn’t any finer!
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For seasoned and novice riders alike, it is always good to revisit the basics. Serving as the foundation for any eventer, the positions used on the cross-country course differ from those in the dressage or show jumping ring. The USEA tuned into five-time Olympian, three-time World Equestrian Games rider, two Pan-American Games rider, and USEA ECP certified coach Karen O'Connor as she walked coaches and students at the USEA ECP Symposium through the basic positions for effective cross-country riding.
The USEF's main phone number and fax number have changed. We wanted to notify you so you continue to get the support you need.
With the recent wrap-up of the 2023 Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Symposium in Ocala, Florida, USEA Podcast Host Nicole Brown chats with ECP Faculty Members Jennifer Howlett Rousseau and Robin Walker about all things related to the ECP. From the USEA Eventing Handbook by the Levels to the benefits of pursuing certification, selecting the best coach for you, recapping this year's Symposium, and more - this week's USEA podcast is the perfect educational tool for coaches and riders alike!
Time is precious. Time with your horse even more so. If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to spend more time in the saddle or more time enjoying the barn, you’ll want to implement these best practices to minimize stress and make the most of 2023.