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NEW! Bates Stirrup Leathers

English Horse Tack Product Spotlight

Bates Stirrup Leathers are elegant, high quality leathers, made in luxurious Bates leather to perfectly match your Bates saddle. The rivetted buckle design reduces the thickness of the leather under the rider's leg and the webbing core ensures that the leathers will not stretch and cause unevenness.

Luxurious Bates Leather - Made with the same leather as Bates saddles, for a perfect match.

Non Stretch - Webbing core ensures that leathers do not stretch and cause unevenness.

Safe Tested - Tested to over 1/2 ton (500kg) breaking strain.

Riveted buckle - Unique buckle design reduces the thickness of the leather under the riderís leg.

Stainless Steel Buckles - Are safe, strong and will not rust.

About Bates Saddlery

Bates Saddlery was formed in 1934 when Mr George Bates borrowed $100 from his sister, bought a sewing machine and began to make saddles on the verandah of his home in Perth, Western Australia. From these humble beginnings, Bates Saddlery has grown to become one of the most respected manufacturers of racing and riding saddles in the world.

From inception, the aim of George Bates was to produce high quality saddles for a variety of equestrian uses; and over the decades the company has remained true to its founder's vision.

Today the company, renamed Bates Australia, is run by one of the founder's grandsons, Ron Bates, with another grandson, Ken Bates, being responsible for research and development. Under Ron's leadership and Ken's development the company has broken new ground in saddle manufacturing technology using new, man-made materials.

Their innovative approach culminated in the worldwide release of the Wintec range of saddles in 1986. Wintec was the first saddle to be manufactured from high-tech synthetic materials. It was accepted enthusiastically by riders at all levels, including Olympians.

The excellence of the Wintec range was demonstrated during the 1992 Olympics, when Isabell Werth rode a Wintec saddle in the gold medal-winning German Dressage team.

Bates Australia, has an on-going research and development programme, applying the latest advances in synthetic materials technology to upgrade its products. As a result, the Wintec range is continually being refined and enhanced to deliver ever improved durability, comfort and value for money. Through this approach the company has earned the reputation as an innovative company and has won a number of prestigious export and design awards. The success of the Wintec brand has made Bates Australia the biggest volume seller of saddles under one brand name in the world.

Bates Australia distribute their products through wholesalers located in 15 countries world-wide.