The Berkeley™ Dressage External Thigh Block
The Berkeley™ High Performance dressage saddle incorporates all of the refinements expected in a state of the art dressage saddle. Our handmade birchwood and spring steel saddle tree accommodates the high withered horse to give wither clearance and complete freedom of shoulder movement and a newly sculptured waist to allow the hips and thighs to fall naturally for a more comfortable leg position. We have incorporated our Lovatt & Ricketts® stainless steel swing stirrup bar that eliminates any pressure on the horse that is a common problem in this area were the stirrup leathers are attached. Our stirrup bars are made of the highest quality stainless steel and crafted to be unobtrusive to the rider’s thigh. Our panels are lined with Calf skin and flocked with pure 100% English lambswool to give a soft and supple profile that is the ultimate in comfort for your horse. Our unique quick change billeting system is another feature on this model offering the rider the flexibility to move the billets to different positions, this helps to achieve the perfect girth line.
The Berkeley™ is crafted in the finest hand finished English leathers to facilitate a “no breaking in” period, giving a wonderful close-contact feel even on the first ride.
Other Berkeley™ Features
- Choice of flaps lengths
- Custom Back Cantle available at additional cost
- Knee blocks options available
We use only Italian calfskin that has been embossed and patented to simulate exotic skins. No exotic or endangered species of animals or reptiles are used in the manufacture of our saddles.
An additional cost of $200 is added to the basic cost of the saddle.
Leather Options: Extra-Grip Water Buffalo with Calf seat and knee pads or Plain Smooth Aniline with Calf seat and knee pads.
Colours: Black or Brown
Seat Sizes: 16 ½”, 17”, 17 ½”, 18”, 18 ½” and 19”
Tree Widths: Medium, Medium Wide, Wide and Extra Wide