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Henri De Rivel Close Contact Pro Saddle

Horse Tack - English Saddles

Specially designed for equitation as well as show jumping, this exquisite saddle features a slightly flatter seat and long flaps. French Design and made of special french leather, the Henri De Rivel Close Contact Pro Saddle features easy to oil calf leather, long lasting channel stitching, symmetrically controlled wooden tree with steel reinforcements and air cushion knee pads.

Available from State Line Tack in oakbark or hazelnut leather. Sizes: 16.5, 17, 17.5, and 18 regular or wide tree.

About Henri de Rivel

Conceived and designed in Europe, Henri de Rivel saddles are manufactured in Argentina. Using the finest French leather, these highly popular saddles are made to the highest standards of material selection, quality and craftsmanship. These saddles are being sold in over 15 countries since the early 1990s.

Over the years, top European saddle masters have worked closely with the factory to innovate and evolve quality standards.

Most recently, this small private saddle-making workshop in Buenos Aires has added a tree making facility. The trees are made of beech wood with steel reinforcements that provide spring, strength, balance and quality control of the highest level.

Juan Carlos "Cabo" Martiarena and Andre Merlin, the founders and owners of the factory producing these saddles say, "The finest equitation traditions have been preserved whilst using modern manufacturing techniques in making Henri de Rivel saddles. After design and testing, the first step is right material selection. We have an exclusive buying arrangement with one of the finest tanneries in France that supplies us highly supple, natural finish leathers for our manufacturing. The integration of saddletree manufacturing has given us better control over our inputs, quality and delivery and has positioned us to react very quickly to changing market trends and needs of the riders. Finally we raise the bar on our quality control continually as we believe that quality is a journey and not a destination"

Unlike saddles from mass production factories, Henri de Rivel saddles stand out in the crowd with their special look and reflect the fine standards of the skilled craftsmen in Cabo's factory. These saddles offer the correct balance and position to the rider at the right price.

The Henri de Rivel line also includes a selection of finely crafted saddlery accessories like girths and stirrup leathers.