Following on from the success of the Fairfax Performance girth (which was kept secret to give a competitive advantage to Team GBR), Vanessa has been focusing on creating a showjumping saddle which improves the horse’s performance.
The new Fairfax Jump saddle was developed and tested using the same pressure mapping and gait analysis technology. It incorporates a patented new panel design, which allows the horse’s shoulder greater freedom of movement and so enables greater knee flexion. A trial involving eight international riders and a gait analysis high-speed camera proved that this saddle enables the horse to be neater in front.
Full details of the testing will be posted shortly.
Vanessa Fairfax, director of Fairfax Saddles Ltd commented, “We are delighted to be involved with the Youth Teams, as they have such a focused approach to their training and the development of their performance. This fits very well with principles behind the development of our saddles”.
She also said of Fairfax's sponsorship of the JA Winter Classic Championship,
"It's great for Fairfax saddles to be associated with such a prestigious series in the Pony Calendar, and further extends our close association with the performance riders of the future. On a personal note, I have fond memories of this championship as I won it way back in 1987 - jumping and saddle design has come a long way since then!"