Grand Prix Olympic
The Grand Prix Olympic saddle has been designed, tried and tested by some of Ireland's most successful riders. It was created by integrating the newest technology and innovations to provide the ultimate saddle for comfort, balance and performance for the horse and rider. Designed with premium French calf skin leather that gives the rider more grip that intensifies with use, and that "ridden in" feeling from day one.
Berney Bros. were able to provide the most comfort to the horse and rider by using a combination of orthopedic memory foam, a spring tree, and wool flocked panels. The orthopedic memory foam is embedded into the seat of the saddle and retains its spring and shock absorbency over time providing a really comfortable seat for the rider and aiding the horse by absorbing the impact of the rider’s movement.
As with all of Berney’s saddles, this saddle is made with a laminated beech wood spring tree that is strength tested to the British Safety Standard. Using a spring tree achieves added shock absorbency while keeping the saddle lightweight. The tree is designed with a higher gullet plate and cut back head to accommodate the more blood horses with more prominent withers.
The third component used to achieve the ultimate comfort and welfare for the horse is fully leather lined panels flocked with pure new wool. The biggest advantage that this material provides against others is that it spreads the weight of impact over a bigger surface area allowing the horse full use of themselves. Pure new wool also retains its spring and shock absorbency over time and molds to the shape of the horses back compensating for horses changing shape throughout the season.
The Grand Prix Saddle range has been praised for its balance and aid to rider position. The square cantle is a modern design that gives the rider more freedom when jumping and allows them to hold a good forward position for their jumping phases. The combination of the knee blocks with cushioned knee pads at the front and the thigh blocks at the back give the rider a definite and secure leg position. The knee blocks apply a gentle pressure above the knee to aid and support the rider in a more forward seat and the thigh blocks are positioned behind the leg allowing plenty of scope for the lower leg to move when jumping but providing support when needed.
The close contact design of this saddle, along with the aforementioned design features, provides the ultimate performance saddle. This gives a better two-way communication between the horse and rider and makes the saddle lighter. This design is achieved by having extended buffalo hide girth straps which means less bulk between the riders leg and the horse, without compromising the riders safety or the horses comfort and welfare. Berney Bros. integrate premium cow hide on the liners to keep the durability and strength that our saddles are known for.
18" medium tree.
Berney Brothers Saddlery have been making saddles by hand in Kildare, Ireland since 1880, and their work is iconic in Ireland and the UK. Each of their saddles is imbued with five generations of expert knowledge - the Berney family has horses, and saddlemaking, in their blood. Manhattan Saddlery is proud to be the exclusive North American distributor of Berney Brothers.
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