What a pleasure it has been to kick off 2022 by demonstrating our continued support of equestrian excellence, through an exclusive partnership with British Equestrian.
The exciting new collaboration positions Bates Saddles as the Official Saddle Partner of British Equestrian, the national governing body for horse sports in the United Kingdom. It is our second partnership with a peak equestrian body in the United Kingdom, following our recognition as an official partner of British Eventing last year.
Our team are looking forward to providing informative and educational content on saddle developments, design and fitting, through British Equestrian’s reach of more than three million riders.
Image: Sarah Bullimore competes at Burghley Horse Trials 2019 in the Bates Victrix.
Libby Law Photography
We have been welcomed warmly, with British Equestrian Chief Executive, Jim Eyre, expressing his delight to have Bates Saddles as their official saddle partner.
“As an organisation, they share the same fundamental values in respect of equine welfare and comfort and we look forward to sharing their knowledge and expertise with our own audience,” Jim says.
“The team at Bates Saddles have a strong desire to ensure all riders, no matter what saddle brand they ride in, have informative material readily available to them when it comes to saddle fitting to ensure every horse can be ridden as comfortably as possible. This is naturally a core objective for ourselves and we look forward to working alongside them in this exciting new partnership," Jim adds.
Image: Sarah Bullimore competes at Burghley Horse Trials 2019 in the Bates Innova Mono+.
Libby Law Photography
Jim’s enthusiasm is echoed by our own managing director, Ron Bates, who explains that the guiding principle behind each of our saddlery innovations, is to put horses first.
“As a National Governing Body, British Equestrian provides exemplary leadership to equestrians throughout the country, bringing awareness to horse welfare and wellbeing. We are extremely proud to contribute to this undertaking and look forward to the opportunities this partnership will bring,” Ron says.
Through this new partnership with British Equestrian, we’re looking forward to sharing key findings from our research and development on British Equestrian’s social media channels and newsletter.
As well as providing educational content, we’ve has committed to offering competition prizes to further support British Equestrian’s members and supporters.
You can find out more about our other important partnerships in news and discover a complete list of the elite riders who choose to ride in Bates Saddles within our Sponsored Rider Gallery.