Official Partner of British Eventing

We're pleased to announce our new partnership with British Eventing. Affirming our commitment to the British eventing community through this prestigious partnership with the peak body in Great Britain.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bates Saddles on board as an Official Partner of BE. Bates Saddles are long-standing supporters of eventing and this new partnership highlights their commitment to the sport,” says Olivia Szajna, Head of Marketing, Communications and Commercial at British Eventing.

Bates saddles have been the choice of equestrians throughout Great Britain for many years, with our success lying in identifying the changing needs of horses and riders and creating saddles that address this.

Bates saddles celebrates collaborative networks between veterinarians, saddle fitters and equine professionals is no stranger to working with expert bodies to better our products world-over, and British Eventing will be no exception. As a partner, we will access insights from British Eventing experts to assist in evaluating our saddles, ensuring riders ongoing confidence in the competitive advantage Bates saddles offer in competition. 

Images: Sarah Olivier (nee Stretton) has her horse assessed by Dr Gail Williams, resulting in a long-standing partnership with Bates Saddles, borne from the benefits to her then key horse’s (Skip On/Bob) back throughout his performance training and competition.

“Bates Saddles have created quality products since 1934, with a wealth of research and innovation behind their designs with a focus on horse and rider comfort. We are looking forward to connecting Bates Saddles to our members through educational content and sharing some of this key research, to help them maximise their eventing performance.” says Olivia Szajna, Head of Marketing, Communications and Commercial at British Eventing.

Images: Sarah Bullimore competes at Burghley Horse Trials 2019 in the Bates Victrix (jumping) and Bates Innova Mono+ (Dressage). (Courtesy of Bates Saddles/by Libby Law Photography)

“Bates Saddles has long supported eventing worldwide in our pursuit to deliver saddles of unparalleled performance. We are thrilled at the opportunity to engage more deeply with the British eventing community at every level. British Eventing’s passion for the welfare of our horses is one we share, having pioneered saddle technologies aimed to ensure their comfort, allowing every horse and rider to perform at their best.” says Bates Saddles Managing Director, Ron Bates.

Image: Eventer and trainer Mark Boxall and his daughter Jessica (Jelly) enjoy the launch of the Bates Advanta in 2018 at Badminton Horse Trials, a saddle they both continue to compete in.

As part of this new partnership with British Eventing, Bates Saddles will be:

  • offering specialist saddle advice through educational videos and webinars
  • providing educational content to members on unlocking the full potential of a saddle
  • supporting British Eventing with product and educational content to maximise horse and rider comfort and performance
“We are honoured by the trust that British Eventing have put in our legacy of saddle innovation and the expertise of our team. We look forward to sharing strengths and expertise that will benefit the British Eventing community now and into the future,” says Bates Saddles Managing Director, Ron Bates.

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