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Essential saddlery advice for the show jumper

Some fabulous advice from WOW Saddles Sponsored rider Philip Spivey in the latest issue of Absolute Horse magazine! 

AH May saddlery for the showjumper

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Cosset your bountiful booty in WOW’s latest saddle

Innovative saddle manufacturers, First Thought Equine, have launched The WOW Bounty – a beautiful, technologically-advanced dressage saddle with a deep profile seat designed to offer supreme support and comfort for the larger rider.

Bounty 2“This is the first saddle of its kind to hit the market,” says co-proprietor David Kempsell. “Larger riders often feel pushed forward in conventional dressage saddles, the Bounty maintains a secure and comfortable riding position. Importantly, we have designed a longer, larger seat without making a longer saddle, as many weight-carrying horses are short-backed. The panel of the saddle measures 18”, so it is suitable for all horses.”

The WOW Bounty is specially designed to cup the rider’s seat and provide ultimate support. It offers the horse supreme comfort, with the famous WOW carbon fibre tree that provides lateral flexion, and the Flair Air Flocking System that consists of four adjustable air bags that provide an even bearing surface for optimum equine comfort and enhanced performance. Meanwhile, WOW’s Pointless Panel System increases shoulder movement, and interchangeable steel or carbon fibre headplates, available in 11 sizes, offer the perfect equine fit.
The seat can be used with the full range of differently designed flaps in the WOW range be it fixed or moveable knee blocks, giving the ultimate in rider comfort and stability. The WOW double stirrup bar enables the rider to move leg position, depending on the length of their upper thigh and the level of work their horse is achieving. A range of black and brown colours is available.

“We are thrilled with the response to this saddle – and have recognised a market demand from our customers,” David concludes.

To find out more call 01227 831614 or visit www.wowsaddles.com

A WOW is not just for Christmas…

WOW was developed after listening to riders and investing time to scientifically test different types of saddles to see how they perform on different horses. This is where the name came from, when our guinea pigs rode in the saddle they said just one word, WOW!

WOW is also totally new way of owning a saddle. For the first time one can buy a traditional looking saddle and by buying different components, alter all of its’ characteristics to suit different horses, riders and disciplines. WOW is the worlds first modular saddle meaning that it is a long term investment for your horse.

The seat, panels and flaps of the saddle are all available separately, so you can easily change component parts. When they are combined they make a saddle whose performance for the horse and the rider is unbeatable!

Did you know that a WOW saddle provides you with…

  • A laterally flexible tree that allows for greater shoulder movement;
  • A wide variety of fittings and styles to suit even the most hard-to-fit horse, plus modular styles available;
  • Flair air bag flocking, which avoids pressure points that can be caused by ill fitting wool flocking, and also provides an even bearing surface; (other flocking types also available if preferred);
  • The Pointless Panel System, that provides a wide bearing surface without no pressure points.

Perhaps 2013 will be the year that you say WOW?

November saddle cloth winner

Nov winner Vanessa Thomas and Sailor

We were pleased to have cheered Vanessa Thomas up by announcing her as the November saddle cloth winner! This is a picture of her and beautiful horse Sailor.

Vanessa says –

“This shows me with my young horse Gilmore Tricolour (Sailor) competing for the first time this year. We came 2nd in this class to qualify for UK Riders Championship and Trailblazers.

Sailor is an 18hh tri-colour gelding. I have had him 2 years but surgery prevented me competing last year so we are still very ‘green.’ I spent the winter training with Lesley Peyton-Gilbert so I am delighted with our performance this year.

Since this photo was taken we have competed at UK Riders and Equifest where we came 11th and 6th respectively. I have never competed in such busy competitions before and it is all new to Sailor so I am very happy with him and we had fun too!

We are from Northampton and I keep Sailor at home

I love my WOW saddle. I have the extra deep seat and giant blocks which really help me when Sailor gets a bit too onward. Given Sailor was a size 1 when I first got him and moved up to a size 3 within 6 months I am very pleased I bought a WOW with its ability to be adjusted – otherwise it would have been 3 saddles in 6 months – ouch!”

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Congratulations to Debbie Ashworth!

Debbie is our April winner. This gorgeous picture was chosen as last month’s winner.

To be in with a chance to win a WOW Saddle Cloth in our May competition, simply post a picture of you and your horse in a WOW Saddle. We love looking at all of your images.

Please remember we need a high-res image. Good luck.

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WIN – A WOW Saddle Cloth

Simply post a picture of you and your horse out training or competing in your WOW Saddle for a chance to win a WOW Saddle Cloth.

Along with the picture, tell us your horse’s name, and where you were training. If you are posting a picture of you competing in your WOW Saddle, then please tell us the date of the competition and where it was held.

Don’t forget

If you are chosen as the winner – you will need to provide us with a high res picture.

View our notes page for full terms and conditions.

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The winner of our February competition is….

….Amelia Green and Grimley Fiendish. There were some amazing pictures this month and we found it hard to decide on a winner, but we simply loved this picture!

Amelia please email us at firstthoughtequinewow@gmail.com with a high res copy of your picture and your address so we can send out your WOW Saddle Cloth.

Thank you to all those who entered. Don’t forget you can still be in with a chance to win a WOW Saddle Cloth this month – just post a picture of you and your horse in a WOW Saddle. Please remember that if you are chosen we will need a high res copy of your winning picture. Good luck!

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January’s winner of the WOW saddle cloth…Congratulations to ….

We all simply loved this photo. It made us wish we were out riding!

Well done to Amelia Munt and Sunny. Sunny looks like she is having tremendous fun on the beach and being 21, the sea air is obviously agreeing with her!!

You are now the proud owner of a WOW Saddle Cloth.

Thank you to all those who entered, we thoroughly enjoyed looking at all your photos. To be in with another chance of winning a WOW Saddle Cloth, simply post another picture up of you and your horse – don’t forget to tell us where you were riding and the name of your horse.

Amelia, please email us your address to firstthoughtequinewow@gmail.com and a high res version of your photo and we will send you out your WOW Saddle Cloth. Please let us know what you think of your prize by posting on our Facebook wall.

Don’t forget to enter our competition to win a WOW Saddle Cloth

Simply post a picture of you and your horse out training or competing in your WOW Saddle for a chance to win a WOW Saddle Cloth.

Along with the picture, tell us your horse’s name, and where you were training. If you are posting a picture of you competing in your WOW Saddle, then please tell us the date of the competition and where it was held.

Each month our favourite picture will win a Saddle Cloth.

Visit our notes page for full terms and conditions – click here