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The "St Christopher" Endurance Saddle

 

The Strada "St Christopher" Endurance Saddle shares all the features of the "vienna" dressage saddle:

 

The St Christopher Endurance Saddle Precision-moulded shock-absorbent panels that react to heat and pressure by softening and adapting completely to the horse’s contours.

6 fits reflecting different BODY SHAPES, not simply different widths.

 

Why choose a Strada saddle for endurance riding?

Tree and panel design allow the horse to move freely in all paces, without creating pressure points that would compromise performance by causing muscle soreness.

Seat & flap design, as well as stirrup bar placement, permit the rider to sit naturally, keeping rider fatigue to a minimum. A tired rider soon becomes unbalanced. To cope with the shifting weight the horse is forced to re-balance himself constantly. This uses valuable energy and therefore reduces endurance.

The saddle sits very close to and “around”, rather than “on” the horse, resulting in superior stability, particularly on wider horses. Again, a stable load is easier for the horse to carry and stamina is therefore increased.

Lightweight – an obvious advantage.

Traditional looks increase the saddle’s usefulness: It does not look out of place in the dressage arena or the show ring.

 

Trekking & Trail Riding

Although our “St.Christopher” Endurance Saddle bears the name of a specialist discipline, it is eminently suitable for those who simply enjoy exploring the countryside with their equine partner. Whether you are just going for a short hack or you are off on an extensive trail ride, we feel sure that you and your horse will benefit from the St.Christopher’s exceptional design.

On a trail ride our endurance saddle will contribute immensely to the comfort of you and your horse. The saddle will be stable and you will be able to sit relaxed, free to simply enjoy the ride. The heat-sensitive panels will hug your horse’s back, the flexible tree will swing with his movement and you will feel at one with your horse, from beginning to end of even the longest trek. The D-rings will be useful for saddle bags, if you wish to carry provisions.

All equestrian activity should be an enjoyable experience for the rider, as well as the horse. Nobody should make you feel that good saddles are only important for riders competing in specialist disciplines. A trail ride across varied terrain is demanding and you and your horse deserve the best.

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The Strada "St.Christopher has been used in competitive endurance since the late Nineties, including for 160km international rides. Strada Saddles UK Ltd. is very proud to be associated with Carri Ann Dark, who has had great success with the British Young Riders team (see below). 2013 is her first year in senior competition and we wish her and her team of horses all the best.

Carri Ann Dark and "Vavavoom"

Carri Ann Dark and "Vavavoom" with their bronze medal

Carri Ann and her horse Vavavoom were part of the British team at the FEI Young Rider Endurance Championships 2012, which took place at Mont le Soie in Belgium. They achieved a fantastic result winning team bronze, the first team medal for the British Endurance team for over 15 years, around the demanding 120km course of Mont le Soie. The course at Mont le Soie is very hilly and stony and presents a real challenge to the riders and horses. Many teams failed to complete with three riders owing to the tough conditions. Vavavoom, wearing his Strada saddle, competed the course at an average speed of 17.95kph and was the first team GBR horse to cross the finishing line.
Carri Ann uses Strada saddles on all her horses.

For further information please go to product info.

For photos of the saddle in action, please take a look at the check out the 'Gallery'.