Fairfax Gareth Monoflap Dressage Saddle

Patent: GB2515079

Developed with World & European medallist Gareth Hughes who wanted a saddle that allowed him to feel a greater connection with his horse without restricting the ability to give the subtlest aids or make minute adjustments.

Click here to find out more about what made European and World dressage medallist Gareth Hughes choose Fairfax Performance

The Gareth Monoflap benefits from all the features common to every saddle in the Performance range (see design details here), plus the following performance-enhancing details:

  • The ‘forward’ seat precisely aligns the rider more ‘in’ over the horse’s centre of balance.
  • The saddle fitter has two girthing options to fine-tune the saddle stability according to the horse’s shape and movement (see Girthing Options in the dropdown below).
  • Three thicknesses of adjustable shoulder blocks allow the rider to sit squarely on a horse with asymmetrical shoulders while allowing the horse to move freely underneath, building up muscle without restriction. Use the thicker block on the side with less muscle (see Adjustable Shoulder Blocks in the dropdown below).
  • Surface mounted thigh blocks give the rider support without restricting their position.

The Fairfax Gareth is available with longer or shorter custom flap options, depending on your leg length (see chart below)

This saddle was designed and tested using pressure mapping and gait analysis.

Range Performance
Colour Black
Seat Sizes 16½", 17", 17½", 18"
Changeable Gullet N/M to XW/XXW
Gullet Bar Type R-Bar

Seat SizeFlap Options
  Petite Standard Long
16.5"  
17"
17.5"
18"  

Performance Panel

Patent: GB2515079. The weight-bearing part of the panel under the rider’s seat is separated from the part under the rider’s knee which lies over the horse’s shoulder, allowing the shoulder independence of movement. Scientific testing shows that this affords the horse improved limb extension, joint flexion and gait symmetry.

Changeable Gullet Bars

Seven changeable gullet bar width options, in half width fitting increments, allow the selection of the exact width for the horse's profile. The saddle fitter can choose between seven width fittings to best suit the profile of the horse’s withers. The gullet bars can be changed quickly and easily as the horse develops or changes shape after time off.

Prolite®-lined panel

The wool panels are lined with a layer of Prolite® for proven pressure distribution, while still allowing for traditional re-flocking on site.

British Wool Flocking

British wool provides superior softness and comfort for the horse. Each saddle has two flocking slots which make it easy for your saddle fitter to make quick fitting adjustments on site.

Handmade in England

All our saddles are handmade in Walsall by highly skilled Master Saddlers.

 

Performance Dressage Shoulder BlocksThe unique design of our dressage saddles’ girth straps allows a saddle fitter to fine-tune the fit to a horse’s shape and movement.

  1. This is the starting position when fitting a Fairfax dressage saddle and the first option to use when first trying the saddle on a horse.
  2. Use this girthing option if the saddle slips forward when the horse moves.
  3. DO NOT girth using the front two straps together. It will cause saddle instability.

Performance Dressage Shoulder Block

Performance Dressage Shoulder BlocksIf a horse has asymmetrical shoulders, use the thicker block on the side with less muscle.
This allows the rider to sit squarely while the horse is free to move underneath, building up muscle without restriction

  • If you have purchased your saddle new, it will come with a tube of Rapide Leathergel. Apply a generous coat of Rapide before first use, using a soft cloth or sheepskin mitt.
  • Any dirt etc should be removed with a damp cloth after use.
  • Then re-apply Leathergel at least once a week to dry, clean leather.
  • Never use wet tack.
  • Do NOT use any products containing alcohol (such as spray soap), glycerine (eg saddle soap) or oil (including neatsfoot) on this saddle. Any colour loss or damage to the leather caused by these products will not be covered by the saddle’s guarantee.
  • If your saddle gets wet (in the rain or on the XC course for eg) allow the leather to dry naturally (do not use external heat sources).
  • Check regularly that all four gullet bolts and the two panel screws remain tight.
  • Rapide Leathergel is readily available online. This is the only product we recommend for the care and maintenance of your Fairfax saddle.

  • SimaTree saddle tree (conformsto BS7875) is guaranteed for five years.
  • Materials & workmanship are guaranteed for 12 months (subject to fair wear and tear.)
  • As part of your regular saddle maintenance, check that all four bolts on the gullet bar & the two bolts on the panel remain tight.
  • Repairs & alterations should only be carried out by authorised stockists only.
  • Faliure to follow the care instructions above will invalidate this guarantee
  • Register your guarantee at fairfaxsaddles.com

British Dressage Sponsor"We are delighted to be able to contribute to the sport and be involved with competitors, who can truly benefit from the performance gains provided by our girths and saddles" Vanessa Fairfax from Fairfax.

The Prix St Georges Championship is the largest class at the national dressage championships with 36-40 starters and dominates the first day of these championships in the main arena in front of the grandstands.

Prior to the championships there are approx 230 qualifiers across the country including all the high profile premier league shows between December - June. These are followed by the 7 regional championships where places at the final are competed for. At BD we have seen a steady increase in the numbers competing at PSG and with correctly trained horses this level is now more accessible than ever to the serious amateur as well as the professional rider.

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