Roberto has been living and working with great passion in this wonderful world of equitation for 28
years. You, the readers, know what I am talking about: two great protagonists, horse and rider, who meet, communicate and become one through an object of great fascination, the saddle.
After 25 years of cooperation with Prestige Italia Spa, fifteen of which Roberto was at the head of the Research and Development department, he decided to use his long time experience and technical knowledge for an ambitious project: Erreplus Saddlery srl. This is the name he chose for the new company, which is first of all a team of equitation experts who work together, listening carefully to what horse and riders have to say, in order to transform this dialogue into absolutely innovative saddles.
Each Erreplus Saddle tree is available in 3 sizes: 16/17/18 inches and is adaptable and can be modified to fit several withers widths. The widths go from 29 to 37, but the basic width is 33, a size which is considered standard for most modern horses. The rear rolls of both saddles are of a standard medium size whereas the knee rolls are available in several sizes: small, standard or large.
By carefully analysing the technical and physical characteristics of several riders with whom Roberto has worked, he has been able to differentiate the saddle trees in the seat and the withers. In particular, for the (JD) deep tree, the rider will have a more advanced posture, which is found to be very useful for working on level ground and allows better contact with the leg during the aerial phase of the jump. On the other hand the flat tree (JF), while offering an excellent seat, enhances the rider’s comfort on level ground work and during the jump approaching phase.
One of the main dressage models was created in cooperation with Adelinde Cornellisen, this model carries the Dutch champion’s signature, twice winner of the World Cup and silver medal at the Olympics in London 2012. Tested at length by the champion who gave it her name and by many other important professional riders, this saddle demonstrates its excellence by improving the horse’s gait and the rider’s seat.
If you look closely at the front blocks, you will see they are attached with Velcro in order to respond to the needs of each client individually, free to choose a saddle with large or medium blocks, free to choose the position of the blocks , depending on the way of riding.
In this model custom-tailoring is decidedly important: by moving the block by 2 cm upwards it is possible to increase contact in the higher part of the leg, creating a bulge on the saddle flap which increases the contact surface in the higher part of the saddle.
“I love these saddles and their ability to adapt to the horse in an ideal way, allowing great freedom of movement. Using them I can maintain a perfectly balanced and comfortable position. I could ride with them forever!”
– Adelinde Cornellissen –
In the lead up to Equitana, the Performance Saddlefits Team will be having a training day with Roberto to learn about the latest and greatest developments within the Erreplus Range including the new Christian Ahlmann Jump Saddle.
Don’t forget to visit us at Equitana to view these innovative saddles and the Erreplus accessories. Roberto will be available for discussion on his saddles on Thursday 18th of November and Friday 19th of November.