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The brand new Classique range, powered by WOW, launches at Burghley

Due to popular demand, we are launching a brand new collection on to the market at Burghley Horse Trials and it is set to fill a void in the market place, providing customers with many of the revolutionary WOW features, at a fraction of the cost!

The Classique collection, powered by WOW, is the result of research in the market, which identified that many customers wish to provide their equines with an ‘off the peg’ saddle that is packed full of unique features, without the higher price tag.

After careful development and prototype testing, the Classique has now been perfected to offer riders just this. The Classique collection of saddles offer customers a traditional flocked saddle with the benefits of WOW’s unique tree and panel system. The WOW Patented tree with Lateral Flexion means that as the horse moves the tree literally twists from side to side to allow total freedom of movement of the shoulder. The Pointless Panel System (PPS) provides a much greater bearing surface without point and stirrup bar pressures and this means you can achieve support and lift without increasing the pressures on the wither area.
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The Classique collection is capable of taking all of the WOW Headplate sizes and styles so they can fit horses from Extra Narrow up to 8X Wide. In addition each the Headplates come with three arch radiuses so you can fit the finest, to the very broadest wither with the same tree. Available in a Dressage and Jumping style in black or brown, sizes 16”, 17” & 18”. GP and XC style coming soon. RRP £1,499.

The Classique collection will be launching at Burghley Horse Trials on the WOW Saddles stand. To be one of the first to try it contact 01227 831614 to find your local WOW Saddle fitter or email classique@wowsaddles.com

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The highs and lows from Oli Lawrence: An introduction

We are very excited to introduce a new WOW Blogger to the team! Oli Lawrence tells us a little bit more about himself in his first ever blog…

“So WOW Saddles asked me to write a blog for them that follows the highs of lows of being, well, me. Great plan. Then it occurred to me that I’d have to write it at 1am surrounded by piles of books, sleep deprived and high on caffeine. The inevitable consequence of this is I’ll end up being brutally honest and make lots of spelling mistakes… I guess for everybody else that can only make entertaining reading. Put some Jack Johnson or other suitable film-esque music on and keep reading. Here goes…”

“My name is Oli Lawrence. A 20 year old, tall, skinny Cambridge student. I study geology – rocks, fossils, oil, mining…stuff like that and play lacrosse and polo for uni. I’m also trialling for the Great Britain Young Rider eventing team this year as well as the other normal things students do – borrow traffic cones, go to lectures, not go to lectures, sleep. The reality of the situation is that I don’t actually get to sleep very much and I don’t really have an average life in any way. Some days its like living in a film – you score in a lacrosse match, drive straight from there and win money jumping and then remember you’re dating an Italian model which kinda tops it off really. On the other hand, there are days when it’s pouring with rain, I’ll be at the yard at 7am to ride, get soaked to the skin and covered in horse poo then have to go straight to 9am lectures that go solidly till 5pm. Realise, I haven’t eaten a hot meal in a week and dig into another Sainsburys meal deal of dry bread and fake fruit juice and run to lacrosse practise. NB – it’s still raining, I still stink of horses and when I get home I’ll be writing essays till 3am. Suffice to say life has its ups and downs… The idea of this blog, honestly, is to publicise my long standing supporters WOW Saddles by getting every man and his dog to read my blog, from which they’ll sell millions of saddles and I’ll find some new generous owner who wants to buy me a yard and a string of horses. Ambitious.”

“So. This eventing business. I don’t come from a horsey family in the slightest, which is ermm… unorthodox and a royal pain in the a*se. We’ll leave it at that. In fact my parents have just left for India for 3 months leaving me to handle the spring circuit on own. Cheers mum!”

“Sox, 17 hands, big, black, positive personality is the other side of the partnership in all this.  Things kick off for us at Oasby this March and from there it’s kick on and aim for Houghton Hall CCI**.  Sox lives with, and I’m trained by, Charlotte Bathe, who is based about 20min from Cambridge. As situations go its pretty ideal. *Hang on, hold that thought, I need to go to a lecture on paleobotany – basically, really old and very dead plant anatomy taught by a balding bat crazy french man with too short trousers.*  Dead plants aside, thats the plan for the first few months of this season.”

“Cutting back to the present. I’ve got Young Rider training at Aston-le-Walls coming up, which should be a good opportunity to get Sox out and about and get a different opinion on how it is all looking. If everyone could touch wood and cross all fingers and limbs that would be great. After that we’ve got just over a week before Oasby and Sox gets his WOW dressage saddle fitted just before that. Perfect timing I’d say. Saddle fittings usually result in two things: Sox going much better and being more comfortable and me being told I don’t sit straight – cue Oli gets shouted at for multiple dressage sessions, which I’m sure Sox finds utterly hilarious.”

“In actual fact I think our pre-season preps been pretty good. The thing I’m kinda worried about is the fact that when I go to events there won’t be a mother to bring food and general organisation and money and just be vaguelly helpful. But hey ho, I’m sure it’ll be grand. Predictably something won’t go to plan (forgetting to get car insurance, cash for a start fee, forgetting a horse…) soooo on the bright side I’ll have something to write about.”

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Hero Seago’s blog: First update of 2014

In between an intense period of school work, WOW Saddles sponsored rider, Hero Seago, has still managed to fit in some show jumping…

“On Sunday 1st December I took both ponies to Markfield EC, in Leicestershire and both the boys got double clears in Discovery. The following weekend, on the 7th December I went to Sollihull EC and came 1st in a strong 80 Open class and 5th in the 90cm on Bobby, he was a little bit lively in the 90cm and took a stride out to the last fence, which made me chuckle.”

“On the 28th and 29th December, Keysoe held a New Year Pony Extravaganza Show, where I got an equal first in Springboard on AJ and a 4th in a very busy 80 Open on Bobby. Then on the 25th January we travelled up to Forest Edge in Norfolk and came equal first in 138cm Stepping Stones, which was my 1st out of 4 double clears to qualify for Scope. We have plenty of competitions coming up so watch this space…”

Amy Thomson qualifies for the WOW Saddles Star Championships

As we follow the riders who have qualified for the WOW Saddles Star Championships, Amy Thomson tells us a bit more about her and her horses…

“I am 21 years old, a farmer’s daughter from a village called Dyffryn in Vale of Glamorgan. I currently have 3 competing horses and 2 young ones coming through. I event on my 14.2 piebald called Super Snoop and am hoping to do 1* events this year.  He has qualified for the Haygain Final at Blue Chip Championships. My top jumper Sunshine V has qualified for the WOW Saddles Star Championships. I have her since I was 17, I am currently the Dodson and Horrell 1.15m Amateur Champion held at Aintree last November. I have qualified for the WOW Star Qualifier this year and the British Amateur Finals held at Arena UK in April.”

“I am hoping to move Sunshine V and my other horse called Boheme up to County shows this summer. Boheme is a grade c gelding and I have had him about a year. He was 5th in the Dodson and Horrell 1.10m Amateur Championship. I was 4th in last year’s Star qualifier so I am hoping to go back and give it my best shot. I am also starting to break and produce a youngster at my yard in Dyffryn. I have just opened my Equestrian Centre called AJT Equestian, where I have a 65 x 35 outdoor arena with silica sand and Martin Collins fibre surface. I am holding my first show in March 15th and 16th, Combined Training Event. I also am starting up my own herd of cows at the farm. On ponies I jumped for the Welsh Showjumping team at 5 HPIs, 8th in the HOYS Foxhunter 2008, Pony Club Eventing Champion, Riding Club Dressage Champion. I also have passed my HGV so drive myself to shows, I currently self fund my competing but am on the look out for sponsors.”

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Vanessa Jobson-Scott qualifies for the WOW Saddles Star Championship

As we track the progress of the lucky riders who have qualified for the WOW Saddles Star Championships we hear from Vanessa Jobson-Scott who qualified Arthur van de Helle at Colraine…

“I have two horses, my mare Boheme Van De Ganzenakker (Bo) and Arthur Van De Helle (Arthur). We have had Bo about 4 months and Arthur about a month and we already have had a write up in Horse 7 Hound as Bo and I won 14 classes in 14 weeks! I qualified them both for the WOW Saddles Star Championships at Colraine, winning with Arthur and coming 3rd with Bo! I have also qualified for another class at the Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championships as well!”

“We are looking forward to Championships and also the Amateur finals as I’ve qualified for a few classes there too! Hopefully we want to compete at Hickstead this year and give the Derby a bash – the smaller version of course! But other than that just want to have fun and keep up the winning hopefully and start jumping the bigger tracks!”

“Mum is my trainer, Sally Jobson-Scott, and she is a very good one as I’ve only recently got back into my showjumping. Until 4 months ago I hadn’t competed since my junior days… I’m now 23 so that’s a 7 year gap!”

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Anna Peruzzi-Smith is on her way to the Championships

We are thoroughly enjoying chatting to some of the riders who have qualified for the WOW Saddles Star Championship series! Here Anna Peruzzi-Smith introduces herself…

“I was thrilled to win the qualifier at Easton College,” says Anna. “My horse, Hello Vegas, (William) is a 13 year old British Bred Chestnut Gelding by Hello Oscar and out of Clare Clover by Clover Hill. He is owned by myself and my father Peter Peruzzi and we purchased him at 18 months old. Our biggest win to date was winning a British Open Amateur Qualifier back in 2010 and we were 5th in the final. That was a fantastic experience!”

We wish Anna the best of luck in the run up to the Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championships at Hartpury in April.

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Francesca Brough wins WOW Saddles Grassroots Overall Leading Rider at SEEL Ball

On Saturday 9th November many South East based event riders swapped breeches and boots for dancing gear as they celebrated at the annual South East Eventers League Ball! We are very proud to support the League and always look forward to seeing who is crowned the WOW Saddles Grassroots Overall Leading Rider and this year it was won by very worthy winner Francesca Brough. We find out a little more about Francesca…

“My history with horses began with the Crawley and Horsham Pony Club,” Francesca tells us. “I came through the ranks eventually representing the club on several occasions at the national championships at open level in both eventing and dressage. This yielded many top five planning’s.”

“I left university to pursue my eventing passion and spent three seasons with Jonty Evans, Angela Tucker and Tim Rusbridge. I learned so much about everything from stable management, producing youngsters correctly and competition riding. I have now relocated to West Sussex where I have set up my own yard from where I can continue my eventing career.”

“At present I have Angels Spirit with whom I won the fantastic WOW saddle! I have recently been given the ride on a lovely 5yr gelding, Freshman’s Minstrel, owned by Mrs Lynne Langridge. I have just sold Harry Hare and Scarborough Rock in order to fund the purchase of two 4 year olds to produce next season. I am always on the lookout for more rides!” 

“This 2013 season turned out to be very successful after a rather patchy start. Harry Hare was seldom out of the placings and Angels Spirit went from strength to strength, gaining in confidence throughout the year. She eventually won 3 categories in the South Eastern Eventers League and was 2nd nationally in the British Eventing Foundation Points Table. I also secured 12th place nationally in the British Eventing Foundation Points Riders League Table.”

“After a long event season I like to give the horses time off in November. They will be brought back into work on December 1st. Once they have had their fittening work we will take them to some combined training and possibly a bit of hunting. In February the horses will spend some time on the gallops and also do some cross country schooling.” 

“Next season Angels Spirit will start with some Pre Novice Plus Classes before taking the step up to Novice Level. Once she is confidently tackling novice tracks I would like to aim her at some CIC* star competitions. The young horses will begin at BE90 and progress to BE100 in due course. I hope to qualify at least one of them for some Burghley Young Event Horse Classes in the Autumn – lets see how it goes!”

“Winning the WOW Saddle means so much to me. They are so special. My horses have to share tack and I am very excited that Angels Spirit will have her own custom made perfectly fitting saddle! The award is a terrific recognition of how hard Angels Spirit has tried this season and just how far she has come. I would like to thank WOW Saddles for their most generous sponsorship of the Overall Grassroots Winner category!”

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Francesca being presented with her WOW Saddles prize by previous winner Sue Eggleton

As the WOW Saddles team were unable to attend the evening due to being at another show, previous winner, Sue Eggleton presented the prize to Francesca. Sue is now a total advocate of WOW Saddles

“Thanks to SEEL I was lucky enough to win a wonderful WOW dressage saddle,” Sue says. “After having the saddle for sometime, I was so pleased I decided to order a close contact jumping saddle from WOW also. In my opinion they are the best saddles for both horse and rider. My experience with the company has been superb. They have done everything they can to make sure both I and my horses are entirely happy and comfortable. My riding and my horses way of going have improved immeasurably in all disciplines, thanks to their superb innovative design.”

“Furthermore, due to the flexibility of fit offered by being modular, with changeable headplate and Flair flocking system I know both saddles will be my saddles for life that I can adapt to suit any horse I own at any point in the future.  Which makes them a very worthwhile investment for any rider! No more getting used to a new saddle every time you change your horse!”

Coloured leather saddles

Within the eventing sphere especially, some riders are looking to their saddles to express their fashion sense, or coordinate their cross country colours. The leatherwork of all WOW saddles may be customised in the rider’s or sponsor’s colours; two-tone coloured leather is popular. Eventer Paul Tapner may currently be seen competing in a beautiful red and black XC saddle with fixed long blocks that give increased support for the leg. He also sports a more neutral Havana brown and maroon version of the saddle.

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