Ever wondered what make of saddle helped Charlotte Dujardin get to the very top of dressage?

Well, Your Horse magazine has the answer: Charlotte rides in an Equipe Emporia Special. The saddle is a firm favourite with the leading dressage rider and in 2016 it was this saddle that Charlotte rode in when she achieved individual gold at the Rio Olympics on Valegro.

As most of us know, a dressage saddle can make or break your ride, so getting it right is key. What your looking for is ease of movement, fit and quality.

There are a few special features of the Equipe Emporio Special that makes it stand out from the rest:

  • The mono flap saddle has a synthetic tree, so it’s lightweight and comfortable for both Charlotte and Valegro.
  • The saddle has large kneel rolls to help support the rider’s leg position and its single flap provides close contact with the horse.

Of course, you should always have your saddle checked and fitted by a saddler when you buy a new one.

If you can, try and get a saddler from The Society of Master Saddlers — they’re the top bods when it comes to saddle fitting and they’ll make sure that your new saddle is right for both you and your horse.

In case you’re interested in riding in the same saddle as Charlotte, the Equipe Emporio Special is available in black and brown and its RRP is £2,650 — maybe one for your wish-list or vision board?

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