Our Customer Stories

As we are a relatively young saddlery company ( we’ve been around since 2000), a question we often get asked is who is riding in our saddles. Well we like to think you would be surprised ! Our customer base includes well known National and International level Riders, Producers, Judges, Trainers, Chiropractors, Physios, Bowen and Equine Touch practitioners. However the majority of our customers ( who at the time I wrote this numbered over 5,000) are just happy hackers and low level competitors. They and their horses and Ponies also deserve the best, the perfect saddle for them that can be adjusted as their horse grows. So they can always be comfortable and they can reach their potential, their saddle will aid not hinder them in whatever they choose to do.

These are their stories….

Nicki Thorne and Saddles for an International Endurance Rider Small image

Nicki Thorne and Saddles for an International Endurance Rider

It was a very windy, cold and damp evening in October 2010 that Dean and I first met Nicki. It was getting dark and as we fitted a saddle to Nicki's very sweet ( and a bit nervous) little arab gelding I was cursing the traffic that had held us up. Despite the dusk and the weather Mango went well and Nicki bought her first ReactorPanel saddle.... Little did either of us know where that first endurance saddle fit would lead ... Read More ....
Yasmin Ingham, Craig Mor Tom & two mono flap saddles Small image

Yasmin Ingham, Craig Mor Tom & two mono flap saddles

British & European Pony Eventing Champion 2013
Earlier this year we flew to the Isle of Man to visit Rachel Ranson who wanted a saddle for her stallion, while we were there we did a saddle talk and demo at Kennaa Equestrian Centre, one of our demo riders was young eventer Yas, who's horse Craig Mor Tom went so well in the Elevation Mono Flap that they bought him one.
Mathew Lawrence & a Comfortable, Supportive Saddle for a Show Rider Small image

Mathew Lawrence & a Comfortable, Supportive Saddle for a Show Rider

Champion Show Rider, Judge & Producer
Mathew has won at Horse of The Year & Olympia many times, he is also a well respected teacher & Judge, judging all over the World. Riding on our saddles for many years and has assisted us in designing a saddle just for him.
Denise, Aly, Bobby , Tiger Tim & Saddles for Traditional Cobs Small image

Denise, Aly, Bobby , Tiger Tim & Saddles for Traditional Cobs

Champion Coloured Cob Breeder & Producer
Denise is the owner of Coombe Farm Stud and has bred many top winning filly's, colts and stallion's with great success with many animals doing well at the top shows including HOY'S, Hickstead etc She is however best known for her Elite graded show stallion Bashfull Bobby Dazzler ( Bob The Cob) , his son Tiger Tim and Jumping Jack Flash.... more about Denise
Matt Burnett and a saddle for a Grand Prix Dressage Rider Small image

Matt Burnett and a saddle for a Grand Prix Dressage Rider

We first met Matt whilst fitting a saddle at his yard for one of his students who was undertaking a weeks tuition there, we instantly liked the young, talented dressage rider and he liked our saddles.....read more
Kelly Marks, Rosie Jones, Gorgeous George and a saddle for a horse with kissing spine Small image

Kelly Marks, Rosie Jones, Gorgeous George and a saddle for a horse with kissing spine

Dean and I met Gorgeous George while fitting saddles with Sam and Louise Austin of Austin Equine/ Red Horse products. Sam asked us if we had anything with us to fit George who was in rehab from a kissing spine operation and they had been finding it difficult to get something to fit... Read More...
Libby Seed and Saddles for High Withered Event Horses Small image

Libby Seed and Saddles for High Withered Event Horses

Gold Medalist Pony Eventing Team Member & Now Junior British Team Member .
Hi, I’m Libby Seed and last year I was a part of the Great Britain Pony Eventing gold medal winning team on my pony Mr Vick at the European Championships, and we also finished 7th individually... Read more about Libby...
Phoebe Locke, Mr Otto, The British Pony Team and Pony Event Saddles Small image

Phoebe Locke, Mr Otto, The British Pony Team and Pony Event Saddles

British Pony Eventing Team and English Show Jumping Team Member.
Phoebe started her early career in show jumping and has competed at Horse of the Year Show in 128cm and 138cm classes on six occasions, as well as winning at the Olympia, International Horse Show on her pony Dynamite Diggy in a Native Pony Saddle Company Pony Club with custom flaps, fitted by Dean in 2006.. read more about Pheobe....
Kate and Rachel Atkinson , Endurance Saddles and British Teams! Small image

Kate and Rachel Atkinson , Endurance Saddles and British Teams!

British Endurance Team Members and Team Coach
" Whatever the distance, whatever the speed, whatever the terrain I've never has a horse with a sore back" Rachel Atkinson, British Endurance Team Coach... Read more about Rachel and her daughter Kate......
Helen, Lily and a jumping saddle for a Connemara Small image

Helen, Lily and a jumping saddle for a Connemara

Helen and Lily like to compete locally show jump and Cross Country
Helen contacted us as she was having problems finding a suitable jumping saddle for a Connemara .... Read More ....
Callum, Prince and a saddle for a VERY tall rider. Small image

Callum, Prince and a saddle for a VERY tall rider.

Young Eventer
Callum Staley, a young Eventer from the Isle of Man had a problem. At 6 foot 2 by 14 years of age with the longest legs I have ever seen he could not find a saddle that fitted his horse Prince and accommodate him comfortably.... and what if he kept on growing taller? ... read Callum's story....
Gemma, Izzy and Horseboarding Small image

Gemma, Izzy and Horseboarding

The last time we visited our customers Gemma Morriss and Izzy the colored Cob we were surprised to find they had taken up Horseboarding, a new sport which looks like great fun....Read More...
Marjorie Grant and Trailtrow Eriskay Small image

Marjorie Grant and Trailtrow Eriskay

Scottish Endurance and Dressage Team Member and Highland Pony Judge
Scottish Endurance Team Member, Scottish Dressage Team Member and Highland Pony Judge, Marjorie Grant and her Highland pony Trailtrow Eriskay have been a customer of ours for a number of years, her first saddle being a Native Pony Mountain and Moorland. In fact “Eriskay” was the first ever Highland Pony to achieve Gold in Endurance.
Ditte Frisbjerg and a saddle for a Danish Warmblood Small image

Ditte Frisbjerg and a saddle for a Danish Warmblood

Advanced Dressage Rider and Instructor from Denmark
"I have had a lot of problems finding the right saddles through time. Its probably no exaggeration when I say I´ve tryed 30 saddles for my horse Deep Purple"... read Ditte's story....,
Hazel, Bam Bam & a saddle for a High Withered Horse Small image

Hazel, Bam Bam & a saddle for a High Withered Horse

Eventer
`I had been searching for a new saddle for my event horse for the last year to no avail, as nothing would fit him. I contacted Gini at Saddle Exchange to see if she could assist and she assured me she would be able too....... read more about Hazel and Bam Bam
Catriona Moon and saddles for Endurance Horses Small image

Catriona Moon and saddles for Endurance Horses

British Team Endurance Member & Equine Vet
Catriona has been riding all her life with support of proud Mum Jackie running her crew and has been competing in Endurance for over 20 years.
Clare Gangadeen and saddles for two Friesian Horses Small image

Clare Gangadeen and saddles for two Friesian Horses

Clare, the Founder of RiderCise®, is a qualified, registered and insured Personal Trainer, Functional Coach and Soft Tissue Therapist with over 12 years in the fitness industry and 20 years experience with horses. She lives in Newbury, Berkshire and own's two 8 year old Friesian mares, Annick - 2nd Premier Star Mare and Rana - 3rd Premier mare. The 'Girls' are her world!.... Read more....
David Yeoman and Comfort Elite Endurance Kit Small image

David Yeoman and Comfort Elite Endurance Kit

British Endurance Team
David has been a customer for a number of years. In 2011 he was the top British Finisher in The European Championships in Florac. He took with him The Comfort Elite Halter Bridle, Breastplate and Reins. Read what David has to say .........
Sandie Bregnager Kjær and Healthy Horse Small image

Sandie Bregnager Kjær and Healthy Horse

Saddle Exchange are proud to be associated with Healthy Horse.
Saddle Exchange are proud to be associated with Healthy Horse, Helping Sandie and her clients to find well fitting saddles to assist with the rehab of horses and Ponies in her care. .... Read more about Sandie.....
Jes Anderson and saddles for very large horses.

Jes Anderson and saddles for very large horses.

Danish Eventer and Endurance Rider
Danish Eventer and Endurance Rider Jes has broken more saddle trees than anyone we know so when we were looking for someone to test our trees he was the obvious choice.... more about Jes

Sue Buckley and saddles for A Bowen Therapist and Endurance rider Small image

Sue Buckley and saddles for A Bowen Therapist and Endurance rider

High Level Endurance Rider, Bowen Therapist and Animal Osteopath
Bowen Therapist and Animal Osteopath, Sue Buckley has been doing Endurance since the early 1990's and been a customer since at least 2004.She has rehabilitated 6 horses over the years under ReactorPanel saddles, who all came with problems to some degree or another and has had 3 saddles individually made especially for her . .. Read more About Sue ....
Christine Yeoman and saddles for a decade of Endurance Rider at the Highest Level Small image

Christine Yeoman and saddles for a decade of Endurance Rider at the Highest Level

British Endurance Team Member
Christine Yeoman has been a customer of ours since 2002 and has been a British Endurance Team member for at least the last 7 years, the top British finisher in the last two world Equestrian Games.
Helen, M and a saddle for a Baroque Friesian

Helen, M and a saddle for a Baroque Friesian

"2 years ago (??), lady luck smiled on me. Someone on my yard was having an appointment with Gini and Dean to try a saddle on her Knabstrupper, and suggested I might like to try one as well.

It’s a long and expensive and sadly not too unusual story about the quest to find a decent saddle to fit a supposedly difficult baroque Friesian gelding, and also my baroque body! So, I took a leap of faith and said yes, and a train of events started which I can still hardly believe. ... Read more...
Kate, Jim and a saddle for a Dales Stallion.

Kate, Jim and a saddle for a Dales Stallion.

When my newly backed dales stallion became agitated and not at all keen to go forward and work it was clear that his saddle was the problem. I wanted to get him a saddle that would change with him from a company that understands native breed..... Read more.
Morven Walker, Jazz and a saddle for a Young Endurance Rider Small image

Morven Walker, Jazz and a saddle for a Young Endurance Rider

SERC Under 21 Young Rider
We first met Scottish Endurance Youth Team member, Morven and mum Jaqueline one snowy night, North of Perth, Highlands of Scotland. She had just bought a young arab mare for endurance and wanted to try a ReactorPanel saddle.... Read more about Morven ......
Vibeke Lonskov and saddles for Remedial Horses Small image

Vibeke Lonskov and saddles for Remedial Horses

We are proud to work together with Vibeke in assisting injured horses 
We are proud to work with Vibeke in helping injured horses back into work by providing them with a correctly fitting and appropriate saddle for their rehabilitation and ongoing work.
We also highly recommend Vibeke's work to anyone with a horse with pelvic or lameness issues, here's a bit of information about how Vibeke can help...

Tenna, Rio and a Mono Flap Dressage Saddle Small image

Tenna, Rio and a Mono Flap Dressage Saddle

Danish Dressage Rider
Earlier this year we were contacted by one of our friends in Denmark asking us to come and fit a saddle for her friend Tenna. Tenna's young horse Rio H was struggling with a saddle that did not fit and our friend Charlotte had lent her one of her Comfort saddles...
Rebecca Harris Equine Behaviourist Small image

Rebecca Harris Equine Behaviourist

Rebecca is a professional Horse Trainer and Equine Behaviourist, she also competes at Trec when she has the time and was the top British,Junior rider in the Trec European Championship in Austria and was selected to represent Great Britain in World Championships in 2012....More about Rebecca..
Sarah Fisher,Tellington Touch & Saddles for all types and disaplines Small image

Sarah Fisher,Tellington Touch & Saddles for all types and disaplines

Equine Behaviourist
Sarah has been a customer of ours for many years,trained with Linda Tellington Jones and Robyn Hood and is the UK's highest qualified Equine and Companion Animal Instructor....
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Hayley Silk

Welsh Pony Breeder & Producer
Hayley runs the Witchill Stud in Camrose, Haverfordwest. A breeder of Welsh ponies and high level showing competitor, Hayley is a great fan of Comfort, Pony saddle Company and Native Pony saddles... more about Hayley ...
Catherine Ellis

Catherine Ellis

I love my Grand Prix Dressage saddle, its so comfortable for me and my horse Prince Maurice. Since acquiring my saddle Maurice has never felt better, he has much more freedom in his lateral work and has qualified for Medium regionals 2 years running. ... Read More About Catherine and her saddles.....
Ellie, Ellis & a saddle for a VERY wide Cob

Ellie, Ellis & a saddle for a VERY wide Cob

This is Ellis aka Miss Ellie's Ellis, 5yo welsh sec d x gypsy cob. Ive had him since he was 3 months old, I have done everything on my own with him, hes my best mate! Its thanks to dean and gini that the last piece of our jig saw is in place! Findin a saddle to fit us has been a night mare! ....... Read More about Ellis and Ellie
Tricia , Judy & a Saddle for an Icelandic. Small image

Tricia , Judy & a Saddle for an Icelandic.

The West Highland Pony Camp is an innocuous title for one of the most unusual and demanding challenges in Scottish riding, also known as the Silver Boot...in 2012 Tricia and Judy were ready for the ride in every way accept a suitable Saddle for an Icelandic undertaking such a challenge.
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Maj-Britt Carter

Monty Roberts Certified Instructor
Maj-Britt was appointed the very first certified Monty Roberts instructor in Scandinavia in 2004. She holds weekend courses in groundwork and riding of horses. Riding in Both Comfort and ReactorPanel ® saddles on her own horses,she recommends them her clients and is one of our product testers, helping us design a specialised saddle for riders of Iceloandic Horses, we are also in progress of designing her own bridle and a Shetland Pony pad.
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Sam and Louise Austin

Red Horse Products
Sam and Louise run Austin Equine, is a small company providing training services to the equestrian population around Henley-on-Thames and other surrounding areas. We pride ourselves in having an intelligent, thoughtful approach to any equine training issues and these methods are mirrored in our teaching approaches to riders and horse people.
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Pedro Neves

Portuguese Working Equitation Team
Pedro is one of Portugal's up and coming riders and trained by some of the best Portuguese Masters. He is a member of the Portuguese Traditional Equitation School whose aim is to work in harmony with the horse.

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