GFS and Carl Hester unveil the four new PDS saddles set to change the world of dressage

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S960 -GRANDEAn exciting new era for British saddle makers, GFS and international dressage star Carl Hester when they join forces to launch the new range of PDS Carl Hester Collection Saddles.

This new range of saddles, the culmination of months of design and development give perfect union between horse and rider. Most horse owners are faced with the problem that their horse changes shape from season to season or even month to month. This can often be inconvenient and expensive to resolve. Looking after your horses back at all times is crucial to its performance and compromises are forced upon the horse owner by other saddle brands that do not allow adjustment. This may result in permanent damage both physically and mentally to your horse.

PDS Saddles looked to remedy this situation and are proud to be able to introduce a range of saddles that dispenses with such issues. In Carl’s words “It feels like you’re sitting on the horse’s back and that’s what I like. The saddle even when new feels like an old fit, there’s no breaking in process to it.”

All PDS Saddles are traditionally made using only the best calfskin and all the handmade features one would expect from a premium brand. But the difference is the height of technology used in the structure and design to give this range the edge for fit and movement, comfort and performance.

The range consists of four saddles, each with a multitude of fit options. All of the saddles are built on an unbreakable Carbon Fibre tree. Carbon Fibre allows strength and flexibility allowing the tree widths to be adjusted. The unique GFS x-Change system allows any saddle to be fitted or refitted at any point with narrow to extra wide options.
Each of the saddles has speciality AMS foam and wool flock panels to give unrivalled comfort and weight distribution. There are different shaped panels to suit the shape of horse and flocking is used to add additional support as needed. Regular AMS panels suit most dressage horses or Alto AMS Panels are used to fit horses with a prominent height difference from wither to back.

As the tree is adjustable it enables the saddle to be fitted on site by a PDS approved saddle fitter.  Anatomically designed knee blocks support the rider’s leg – not block it, so encouraging riders to lengthen through the thigh.

The key saddle in the PDS Carl Hester Collection and forms the basis of the range. Suited to a wide range of horses with medium withers.
Grande Alto
Suited to horses with higher withers and greater wither to back differential.
Grande Mono Flap
This saddle was developed to help Carl sit closer to some of his wider fitting horses. It offers freedom of movement through the back and shoulder yet with reduced bulk in a mono flap. It is also suited to riders who want to feel closer to the horse in this close contact design. Suited to horses with low to medium withers.
Integro Mono Flap
Some modern dressage horses have little or no wither and are more barrel shaped. These horses need careful consideration but are popular due to their compact shape and powerful movement. The PDS solution for this type of horse is the Integro saddle. It is built on a close contact tree and offers the ultimate close feel in a dressage saddle.
The new PDS collection will give dressage riders the fit and performance needed for outstanding results.  Professional Dressage Solutions (PDS) by Carl Hester is born……

All PDS Saddles are in sizes 17”, 17.5” and 18” and are available in Black. Your specialist PDS Saddle Fitter will be able to recommend additional options such as short or long flaps and different knee blocks.   PDS Saddles RRP from £1,999.00.  The saddles will be available to the public from the end of June 2014.

Stockist information: Contact PDS for your nearest approved PDS saddle fitter on 01922 638094.

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