Isabell Werth is one of the greatest dressage riders of all time, she has won many, many gold medals and is a 6 time Olympic Dressage Champion and 4 time silver medalist. But what do you know about her partnership with Wintec? Here are 6 incredible facts about Isabell Werth.
Isabell first became aware of Wintec saddles through her famous dressage trainer Dr. Schulten-Baumer, also known as ‘Der Dokter’. Dr. Schulten-Baumer first became interested in the original Wintec Sport Saddles when his pupils were continually wearing through their leather saddles and needed a more durable material for their demanding riding and training schedule. Following this initial introduction, Wintec's unique and very long lasting working partnership began way back in 1989 (more than 25 years ago)!
Isabell originally rode to Olympic victory in 1992 at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in a Wintec Sport Dressage Saddle; with Gigolo FRH, the most successful dressage horse at the time.
The range of Wintec Sport saddles were launched back in the late 1980’s in bright, fun colours and revolutionised what was then a very traditional and conservative saddle market.
After a number of major successes in the Wintec Sport Dressage Saddle, Isabell provided Wintec with a lot of very helpful feedback which led to the development of new materials and new saddle designs. After working closely with her as a young rider, Wintec developed and launched the Wintec Pro Dressage Saddle in 1990. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, she rode in the Wintec Pro Dressage Saddle and WON both a Team and an Individual Gold Medal with Gigolo FRH.
Over a a number of years, Isabell and Wintec Saddles' Research and Development team travelled back and forth between her stables in Germany and their development office in Australia. They made a number of changes and test saddles to ensure that the very first Wintec Isabell Saddle completely met her needs and expectations.
Isabell herself made significant valuable contributions to the design, and was the primary test rider for her very own saddle, ensuring complete attention to detail.
Throughout our long-lasting partnership with Isabell Werth, Wintec Saddles have developed a number of new materials and technologies which have been constantly integrated into the Wintec Isabell saddle, ensuring it remains a world-leading dressage saddle. In 2010, a complete re-design of the Wintec Saddle was undertaken in close partnership with Isabell.
The current model Wintec Isabell is different to the original model however the core characteristics such as a very deep, close contact seat, Equi-Suede material for grip and stability, a leather wear patch and an over-girth for an ultra-close feeling through the leg were retained. The current Wintec Isabell Saddle is designed to support you and your horse as a team with a number of additional features and innovations including a new Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bar for rider customisation and a broader channel and panel for your horse’s complete comfort.
“Whatever level you ride, you can completely trust in a Wintec saddle. Throughout my dressage career, all of my successes were achieved in a Wintec – even Olympic gold!” -Isabell Werth
Wintec couldn’t be prouder of Isabell’s achievements in her Wintec Saddle, including:
Isabell has been Wintec's longtime friend, partner and advocate and they’re so pleased to have been a major part of Isabell’s journey, from talented teenager to World Dressage Champion.
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