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Casey Mckenna: Preparation is everything

It’s been a busy time at Team Mckenna HQ lately! After an unusually quiet period, which I think we all enjoyed, we are nearly back up to full capacity again. We still seem too have lots of youngsters in, which I do enjoy as it’s a real sense of satisfaction to back and train them…

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Position is key

Just like your saddle, the fit of your bridle is so vital for your horse’s comfort. Research has found that the pressure bridles exert on certain areas of the horse’s head can lead to issues with performance, acceptance of a contact and overall way of going – all of which are exacerbated by overly tightened,…

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Expect excellence

In our previous blogs we looked at the importance of having a professionally fitted saddle and how to know when your saddle may need looking at, so now it’s time to explain just what to expect from a visit! Saddle fitting During a saddle fitting, we spend as much time as needed to find the…

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Casey Mckenna: The season so far

It’s been quite a difficult season so far for everyone who is eventing with the total extremes in weather. The year started with such wet weather, lots of events were cancelled and those that did run had very tricky ground to compete on. I know I withdrew from the odd run as I didn’t feel…

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Amerigo celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

Leading international saddle and accessory brand Amerigo celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Founded in 1998 by saddle designer Peter Menet, the brand quickly became a landmark for riders in search of excellence in the equestrian world. Combining precise and detailed Italian manufacture with the understanding of horse and rider biomechanics, and of course premium materials,…

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Timing is everything

Just as we change shape over the months, our horses also fluctuate both in terms of weight and muscle tone. When it comes to the fit of your saddle, it is much better to stay one step ahead and have it checked on a regular basis – after all preventing problems is far simpler and…

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Introducing sponsored rider Casey Mckenna

Before hearing about what he gets up to each month, we get to know European Saddles sponsored rider Casey Mckenna and his current string of horses. Bitten by the bug I was first sat on a horse aged three, when my mother decided it would be nice for me and my sister to go for…

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Understanding design

The saddle is a single piece of equipment used by two athletes simultaneously. It distributes the weight of the rider correctly over the horses back, so the riders centre of gravity becomes one with the horses centre of gravity – and each can comfortably perform to the best of their ability. A saddle needs to…

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Amerigo supports the Saddle Research Trust

Leading saddle designer Amerigo will be supporting the Saddle Research Trust for the second year. The brand will be Gold Sponsors of the Gala Dinner, which takes place on the evening of the Trust’s International Conference to be held on 8 December 2018 in Nottingham. “We’re delighted to be involved with the Saddle Research Trust…

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Cavalor takes the reins

Premium care and supplements brand, Cavalor, has kicked off 2018 by unveiling a new three-year sponsorship of the British Dressage Intermediate II Championships. Taking place at the National Dressage Championships at Stoneleigh Park in September, the class will be known as the Cavalor Intermediate II Championships until 2020. “We are absolutely delighted to be starting…

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Two new additions to the Amerigo saddle collection

Leading Italian saddle brand, Amerigo has added two new models to its portfolio, both designed for horses with short backs. From the wooden tree collection, the Pasubio dressage model and the DJ Largo jumping saddle have been specially created for short coupled horses – where there is limited room for the rider.  Both saddles also have an…

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A Leg At Each Corner – Horse Boots

Horse Boots

Conformation is often the make or break of a horse. Good conformation enables a horse to support normal body weight more easily, as well as the added weight of a rider, and more specifically for legs, it reduces the stress on joints and the legs are more able to absorb concussive forces. Horse Boots can help…

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Innovations and Traditions

Saddle

As the role of horses has moved from work to sport and leisure, tack design has shifted dramatically from what horses need to what riders desire. We’ve had a look inside the tackroom to see how much has changed over the years. Tack was traditionally designed to fulfil a specific role – with little room…

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