When speaking with a friend Carsten Otto Nagel at the Deutsche Meisterschaft, he told me that he has been riding for many years now on Prestige saddle; he has always been very happy with the quality of their products and the softness of the leather. Carsten also added that Prestige was looking for a new dressage rider. After a couple of days I was contacted by Mr. Bernd Carsten, the Prestige sales representative for Northern Germany. After that I met the Prestige people in Italy and so “the story began”…
I have loved the Prestige Helen saddle since the beginning: I have immediately felt very comfortable in it. The leather is incredibly soft. The Prestige technicians told me that the saddle is 100% new: for example the tree is deeper than any other saddle by Prestige. Thanks to the new X-TECHNOLOGY, with the integrated elastic membranes corresponding to the lower hip bone, the seat is extremely soft. The new panels are manufactured with the new honeycomb material combined with the elastic sponge cloth. The result obtained is a reduction of the panel thickness; the close contact is very appreciable. The Prestige Helen saddle is available in smooth leather, or doubled with either calfskin or Lux leather. Also the sweat flaps are doubled for an increased softness and a better close contact effect.
The saddle is extremely important for me but especially for my horses. First of all it must respect the horses’ morphology. To achieve high performances, horses must be able to move as freely as possible; the saddle should never disturb them. Prestige is at the forefront of studies on the horses' anatomy: I have heard that they are cooperating with universities and vets. All their saddles can be made to measure. The composited synthetic fibre tree is extremely light and can always be adjusted up or down to fit the horse's back. Moreover a saddle must put me in the proper position and let me feel all the movements of my horse. The Prestige Helen saddle really puts me “deep inside” the seat without disturbing my horses in any way.
My dream is to win the world championship.
As I told before, Prestige is a Company leader in the research and development of new technologies and ideas for the health of the horse, as well as for the comfort and the safety of the rider.
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