Bates Saddles announced as Official Saddle Partner to British Equestrian


Edited Press Release

Bates Saddles is proud to continue its support of equestrian excellence in Great Britain, through an exclusive new partnership with British Equestrian. The collaboration positions Bates Saddles as the Official Saddle Partner to British Equestrian, the national governing body for horse sports in the United Kingdom.

This is the saddlery brand’s second partnership with a peak equestrian body in the United Kingdom, following the recognition of Bates Saddles as an official partner of British Eventing last year. 

British Equestrian Chief Executive, Jim Eyre, says the organization was delighted to be welcoming Bates Saddles as their official saddle partner.  

“As an organization, 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,” says Eyre.  

“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,” he says. “This is naturally a core objective for ourselves and we look forward to working alongside them in this exciting new partnership.”

Sarah Bullimore competes at Burghley Horse Trials 2019 in the Bates Victrix. Courtesy of Bates Saddles/by Libby Law Photography.

Bates Saddles Managing Director, Ron Bates, says his team is 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.

“The guiding principle behind each of our saddlery innovations, is to put horses first,” says Bates. “As a National Governing Body, British Equestrian provides exemplary leadership to equestrians throughout the country, bringing awareness to horse welfare and well-being. We are extremely proud to contribute to this undertaking and look forward to the opportunities this partnership will bring.”

Through this new partnership with British Equestrian, Bates Saddles will share key findings from their research and development on British Equestrian’s social media channels and within the organization’s newsletter.

As well as providing educational content, Bates Saddles has committed to offering competition prizes to further support British Equestrian’s members and supporters.      

You can find out more about Bates Saddles and this exciting new partnership at