Every Pessoa saddle is crafted with passion for the horse and the rider to encourage your horse’s natural ability. Nelson Pessoa Filho shot to fame in the 1960s as one of the first civilians in Brazil to be competing as an equestrian. It was a contrast with the military members who were the norm and the riding heroes of the 1950s. Quickly acquiring a name in the industry Nelson took the world by storm after winning several national events. Nelson went onto take part in the International of Rio de Janeiro. Nelson was soon nick named “The Wizard” for his technique and ability to be at one with the horse.
Over the span of Nelson’s career he has won countless Grand Prix, Puissance and Derby victories. Nelson is the premier rider of his era and will forever be one of the best riders in the industry. The Pessoa story continues with Rodrigo Pessoa his son who has been coached by Nelson and has followed in his father’s footsteps. Encourage your horse’s natural ability with a Pessoa saddle today.
Pessoa Saddle Technology Pessoa saddles have the X-Change system to allow the gullet to be exchanged to fit your horse.
What’s Master FitTM?
Master FitTM provides a customised saddle tailored for the shape of your horse - accompanied by the right top flap size for you. The Master FitTM system utilises the revolutionary AMS® panels which can be customised to suit various horse conformations.
What about the foundation?
Classical riders like Nelson Pessoa know exactly where the rider’s weight should spread across the horse’s back. Nelson first designed a tree that would allow the saddle to help the rider find the perfect position. A Pessoa saddle encourages the rider to find their balance while jumping. Every tree is moulded with polymers specially designed by Dupont, bringing together flexibility and ultra light weight, without losing resistance. The anatomical design of the tree allows unbelievable contact between the horse and rider. All Carbon fibre trees come with 20 year guarantee. The leather and stitching come with a 12 month warranty from date of purchase.
Why do I need AMS®?
The AMS® System utilises a special neoprene layer which provides a soft consistent layer to support the rider’s weight on the back of the horse. This layer absorbs impact and distributes pressure evenly allowing for comfort plus optimal movement for your horse. Saddles with AMS® panels can be re-flocked and fitted to your horse, just like a traditional wool flocked saddle. The distribution of weight with the AMS® System allows for the physiological requirements of the equine athlete.
What if my horse has a prominent wither?
Alto panels are designed to suit horses with a prominent wither and a greater wither to back differential. Additional depth to the rear of the panel accompanied by a front gusset better suits a horse of this shape.
What if my horse has a short back?
Corto panels have been developed for horses with well developed short coupled backs. The panel is shorter and the rear gusset flatter - giving the optimal saddle for your horse with a short back.
What about my comfort?
Top Flaps on the Pessoa saddles are available in different size options to suit the length of your leg. Step up a class and ride in one of the world’s most elite athlete’s saddle collection today.
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