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Eventer Paul Tapner co-designs beautiful cross country saddle with the WOW factor

The striking new ‘WOW XC Saddle with Long Blocks’ has been co-designed by Australian eventer, Paul Tapner.

Paul, who is sponsored by WOW Saddles, wanted a superior saddle that would help keep him at the top of his game. His top ride, Inonothing, one of the sport’s top event horses, recently returned to four star eventing after an injury.

“Manny loves his WOW saddles. They are built from two different perspectives; firstly the saddle gets constructed to fit the rider, then the saddle gets constructed to fit the horse; when these two parts are brought together, the result is a bespoke saddle that 100% fits the horses and also 100% fits the rider; whatever the horse’s shape, or your own build and height. The saddle’s Flair air-bag flocking is proven to be far superior over traditional wool flocking or foam, for both fit and pressure distribution, enabling the horses to perform at their best cross country. I helped design this saddle with a faster pace of XC riding in mind. The rider needs to be able to achieve a different balance to cope with the terrain and different jumping requirements of XC riding; the leg blocks, saddle flaps and seat type on this saddle are all designed with the rider’s balance as a priority,” Paul states.

The fixed long blocks give increased support for the leg, making this saddle ideal for riders with longer thighs, or those that ride with a longer stirrup length. Paul co-designed the Havannah and Military (brown and maroon) colour-way, however all conceivable colours are available in this and other WOW saddle ranges from First Thought Equine.

The XC Saddle with Long Blocks saddle retails for £2,082.