Paul Tapner co-designs new cross-country saddle

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A new cross-country saddle, designed for riders with long thighs or for those who jump with longer stirrups, has been launched.

Australian eventer Paul Tapner co-designed the “WOW XC Saddle with Long Blocks” with manufacturer First Thought Equine.

The fixed long blocks aim to give increased support for the rider’s leg across country.

“I helped design this saddle with a faster pace of cross-country riding in mind,” said Paul.

“The leg blocks, saddle flaps and seat type are all designed with the rider’s balance as a priority.”

The saddles are modular meaning they are constructed to fit the rider and then the horse.

“The result is a bespoke saddle that fits the horse and rider, whatever the horse’s shape, or your own build and height,” Paul added.

Each saddle has a “Flair” air-flocking system [rather than traditional wool or foam flocking], which helps to evenly distribute pressure across the horse’s back.

Paul co-designed the havannah and military (brown and maroon) colour-way, but the saddle – that retails at £2,082 – is available in other colours.

For more information visit www.wowsaddles.com