Kim’s story: A WOW horse in a WOW saddle!

Gaynor Ranshaw is a Certified Flair Saddle Fitter & WOW Saddle Retailer, as well as a Dressage Trainer and BD Listed Judge. Here, she tells us about a customer of hers that uses a WOW Competitor saddle, and has recently been to the Young Horse Championships, coming 9th in the International 5 year old finals as the highest placed owner-rider. “She also did the national class, & was 8th equal with Charlotte Dujardin – it’s not often an amateur rider can say that about a horse she has produced herself,” Gaynor proudly tells us.

Kim’s story: A WOW horse in a WOW saddle!

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Kim & Merrie

“I’ve been riding Merrie since she was imported as a freshly backed 3.5year old in January 2014. Gaynor Ranshaw expertly adjusted my WOW saddle for her at this stage, which fitted her beautifully and allowed her the freedom to move unrestricted through her back and shoulder. Due to her continued growth spurts, plus development of muscles as you would expect at that age, I regularly sought Gaynor’s advice on whether the saddle needed adjustment. The beauty of the WOW is the adjustability – we have changed her headplate on numerous occasions over the 18 months. The increase or decrease of air in the panels also allowed complete flexibility to know that the saddle was the perfect fit at that stage of her training and age. Also, the ability to change flaps and the seat is another bonus point to owning a WOW. I changed my flaps 8 months ago to allow for straighter knee blocks which helped my position. So I’m not only confident that it fits my horse, I’m happy and comfortable in it which is equally as important. I currently ride Merrie in a deep seat with seriously straight flaps.

Five year old Merrie is clearly very happy with her saddle, as her results speak for themselves. She has freedom through her back and shoulders to allow for fantastic movement. She has competed in Young Horse Classes at Premier League shows always finishing in the top 10, qualified for the Shearwater Young Horse Championships at Hartpury Festival of Dressage, and recently qualified for the Summer Regional Championships at Novice Open, from a weekend’s competition with scores of 74%, 76%, 78% and 79%. A happy horse with a very happy amateur owner/rider!

Our continued consistent training and support from trainer Jill Grant has allowed us to develop as a partnership and for these amazing results to happen. I manage to fit in all the training and competing whilst running my own business, which makes for a busy life. Gaynor is always happy to fit in fittings around work commitments, and you always have the option to go to her base which has all the facilities needed to do the fitting or she will travel to your home. A great service from a  fully flexible fitter with fully flexible saddles,” Kim concludes.

Kim & Merrie

Gaynor may be contacted at / Tel 07818 006 079.

About firstthoughtequine

First Thought Equine manufactures original and innovative equine saddlery products, including Flair, the Air Flocking system, and WOW saddles. Our mission is to produce products that will improve and enhance equine performance. We have achieved this through testing, field trialing and prototyping over many years on all types of equines, in all disciplines.

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