The saddle: redefined
Learn how the BUA Saddle was created by an award winning Irish designer, made possible by aerospace technologists, and fashioned by leading craftsmen from the automotive industry.
The BUA Saddle combines all that is best in design, leading edge technology and uncompromising craftsmanship.
This saddle embodies our philosophy to do right by horse and rider and to pursue excellence in design.
What riders say
Sam Dempsey (UK/IRL)
D&L Performance Horses, Irish international event rider, CIC3*
“The Bua is a real game changer. A huge step forward to providing a more comfortable and more flexible saddle to benefit the horse and alleviate many of the back issues we see increasingly within our industry. I loved the feel of all three of the saddles I sat it in, though I admit the dressage saddle may need tweaking. The close feel of the horse, with the support of the cantilevered seat puts you in a great position to communicate with the horse. If the current designs don’t fit you, I can see the modular design leading to very easy customisation in the future.”
Erika Giles (Canada)
Saddle fitter and Port Lewis pressure pad tester
Ever since I first heard details about the BUA, I was excited about it, but of course had to reserve my judgement until I found the opportunity to land one here and try it out.
As you heard from my client Nicole, it passed with flying colors, working on 2 very different horses, one a broad Quarter Horse and the other a slim Thoroughbred. I am a very different kind of saddle fitter, perhaps saddle tester would be a better description. I work with the Port Lewis Impression Pad...Having worked with the Impression Pad for 12 years now and having tested thousands of saddles has taught me a lot, more than most people wish to hear.
Long story short...we tested the Bua with the Impression Pad on both of Nicoles horses, both tests came out clean (i.e. no pressure points after 20 minutes of riding each time)...unheard of until now for 2 such different horses!
Jody Hartstone (NZ)
New Zealand Grand Prix Champion Dressage Rider Winner of Tri Nations Dressage Derby South Africa 2007 International Coach of Equine Learning Theory
“The first thing that struck me when sitting in the saddle was the overall balance and comfort it provided. The saddle compressed as I sat down in it then immediately felt stable.”
“...I was impressed with the amount of feel that the saddle allowed the rider to have. It was extremely easy to gauge all four hoofbeats of the horse and have a good connection with the horse’s back via the saddle interface. It was also apparent that the horse could more easily pick up on the cues of the rider’s seat aids compared with more conventional flock packed saddles with a standard tree.”
“The Cantilevered Saddle was very comfortable to canter and jump in, offering superb reduction in concussion on the horses back if the rider sat heavily or lost balance and fell back onto the saddle.”
Daniela O'Toole (IRL)
International Show Jumper Irish Sport Team 2014
"With the BUA Saddle there is a lot of room at the withers and down through the spine, a lot more room than most other saddles and no contact which offers excellent freedom for the horse to move. I haven’t had a horse that it doesn’t fit.”
Peter O'Toole (IRL)
EFI Level 2 Show Jumping Coach
“The BUA Saddle is suitable to nearly every horse by the way it’s manufactured. You are not directly on the horses back so they can perform better and they can bascule better over the fence... but the big thing for me is its light weight which is very important.”
Matt Dodds (UK)
Dressage & Cross Country, rider and coach
"love the way it fits the horse and gives the shoulder such great movement. The saddle feels like it will not move and the feeling in the seat is like that of a close contact, you can really feel that swing in the hind leg when schooling. So all in all very happy with it.”
What makes a Bua Saddle
for the horse
for the rider
Lightweight: The BUA Saddle uses lightweight materials found in aerospace and automotive industries.
High comfort: Comfort affects the performance in equestrian sports. The BUA Saddle allows horse and rider to move freely and effortlessly through their full range of motion in all gaits.
Dynamic Tree: The BUA Saddle’s cantilevered construction recognises that the physiology of horse and rider differ. This tree material is incredibly strong and durable, but at the same time flexible enough to cushion and cradle the movements of horse and rider. This is a unique feature of the BUA Saddle.
Versatile fit: The cantilevered tree is flexible yet incredibly strong allowing it to conform to the movement of the horse while supporting the rider in a balanced position. Its flexibility and interchangeable panels allow one saddle to fit a range of sport horses.
Adjustable Suspension: The cantilevered structure offers choice. Its suspension can be tightened to create a stiffer seat or softened to create a more flexible seat.
Modular: Because of its unique construction, the BUA Saddle’s soft components can be easily removed, allowing the saddle to be reconfigured to suit different equestrian disciplines. By choosing appropriate side panels, the BUA Saddle can be transformed from a piece of specialised show-jumping equipment into an endurance or GP saddle.
Versatile fit: One stable, multiple horses, one saddle. The Bua Saddle accommodates a range of sport horse types and sizes.
Machine washable: Saddle panels which are most effected by sweat residue are machine washable. Simply remove the cover and pop on a low temperature