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The SMART™ Saddle Range was developed in a quest to improve equine welfare and performance.
After years of experiencing saddle-related problems and experimenting with a wide range of expensive saddles with different flocking on many horses, SMART™ Saddle designer and founder, Dr Anne Bondi, found that although some of the problems could be alleviated, they were not solved.
Nottinghamshire based SMART™ Saddles was founded in 2006 with a team dedicated to manufacturing the fully flexible SMART™ saddle & accessory range using premium materials carefully sourced from around the UK.
A network of trained SMART™ Advisors fit and supply the SMART™ saddle range to horse owners across the UK and overseas, whilst the team at SMART™ Saddles headquarters are available to assist you with all aspects of saddle selection, trail & purchase, accounts and after-sales guidance.
The ground-breaking flexible SMART™ saddle range has disrupted the largely unchallenged traditional saddle market, providing horses and riders at all levels with a modern solution to their saddle fitting woes and is believed to be the only brand of saddle to have earned a much sought-after Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation, 2021. SMART™ Saddles continue to offer outstanding products and customer service is set to continue to grow to keep up with increasing customer demand.
"I'm loving the way the SMART Elite Jump saddle allows me the flexibility to use it on any horse, especially the narrower stamp. It gives me a more close contact feel and my horses all the freedom they need." ~ Penny Lawn, Event Rider & SMART Ambassador
Even those who do not believe that their horses are experiencing saddle issues at all have been surprised at the improvements to performance that working in a flexible SMART™ saddle has demonstrated. The SMART™ saddle design is unique, not only because the saddles are fully flexible, but also because they are designed, manufactured, used and fitted by riders; we not only understand how the saddles are constructed but also the performance demands of both horse and rider.
Find out more about the ethos behind the award winning SMART™ Saddle Range in this short video:
"I believe that the natural progression to the flexible saddle concept is the biggest step forward in horse welfare in my lifetime."
SMART Saddle designer,
Dr. Anne Bondi BHSI
The Queens Award for Enterprise: Innovation, 2021
‘’I am immensely proud of our skilled and dedicated team members, every one of whom has played an integral part in the success of our saddle designs and the continued growth of the company. Most of our team are horse owners and riders themselves, so truly understand our quest to promote the welfare and performance of the ridden horse. As riders, we also know what good customer service means to our clients and how to deliver it. These are the core principles that our reputation for excellence is built on and we look forward to continuing our research programme and bringing more innovation to the equine industry.”
Following on from her background as a highly successful rider and trainer in both dressage and eventing, as well as a Senior Examiner of the British Horse Society, Anne has been awarded a doctorate for her novel research of horse, saddle and rider interaction.
Anne teaches world-wide, giving lectures and presentations to a wide range of groups including equine healthcare practitioners, saddle fitters, coaches and equine science students, sharing her passion for this complex but fascinating subject.