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Italian brand Equipe has added a new dressage saddle to its range.

The Olympia, the company says, has been ergonomically designed to put riders in the “best riding position”.

The saddle’s launch comes on the back of the success of their Emporio saddle, or the “Charlotte” as it’s also known because it was used by Charlotte Dujardin at the 2012 Olympics.

Crafted exclusively in house and individually finished in luxurious Italian leather, the Olympia is said to have all the benefits of the Emporio saddle used by the world’s number one dressage rider.

Its innovative synthetic saddle tree and flat structure of the seat allows the rider to sit closer to the horse to enhance comfort. The saddle uses a block and flap system with specially designed knee-rolls, a firm favourite with many top equestrians, as it gives an effective riding stance.

Talking about the Equipe saddles Charlotte Dujardin said: “I have been riding in my Equipe saddles for several years now. So much goes into the materials and technology that I feel completely confident in the comfort and well being of the horses. Technically and aesthetically, there isn’t a better saddle out there.”

In high demand, test saddles are available to try by contacting key Equipe stockists, which are listed on the company’s website at www.zebraproducts.co.uk

The Olympia is available in both single and double flap models and in black, brown, red brown and new market.

Saddles can also be personalised to specific sizing measurements for a precise and accurate riding experience, which is included in the price of £2,600.