Origins of concept - May 2005
The BUA Saddle was the brainchild of Martin Ryan, a young Irish designer with a passion for innovation. The BUA Saddle was inspired by a design philosophy that challenges orthodoxies and focuses on improving performance of the product for horse and rider.
Development of first prototype - June 2005
The prototype made our theory a reality, and with it came the first single structure cantilevered seat. On completing the first prototype we had an inclination we were on to something big. By introduction of a cantilever structure we began to resolve an inherent and age old problem in conventional saddle design, transforming single rigid structure to a dynamic split level structure affording perfect fit for horse while supporting rider in a balanced position.
Awards start to roll in – 2006
The BUA Saddle won award after award, Dyson award / ISPO / Institute of Designers Ireland. It was recognised by designers as a breakthrough concept that changes the way saddles will be manufactured.
Maturing and refining the concept
The saddle concept was refined and matured through multiple design iterations and production tests. Time was invested in this phase of the development process, because perfection cannot be rushed.
Establishing the team - 2011
Martin reached out to friends in business, who shared his commitment to design excellence. A team of three was formed, whose skills were complimentary and whose ambitions to create a world-beating product were perfectly aligned. Austin & Liam complimented Martin's inventive nature with business accumen.
Choosing the right suppliers – 2011
The right suppliers are as important to the process as the right team members. BUA’s suppliers are world leaders in their areas competence and add confidence and professionalism to our value proposition. Put simply, the BUA saddle is an outstanding product, because a commitment to excellence pervades every part of the production process.
Rigorous testing – 2012
The product was tested through millions of cycles. The rigorous testing regime, conducted under laboratory conditions, proved the materials, the production process and the final design concept.
The advanced design concept was tested by a very discerning market. In a prolonged market consultation process, the concept was improved, tested and retested, until our product champions nodded in approval. Riders from the Army Equitation School offered superb, impartial, and professional feedback. Jodie Hartstone - New Zealand International dressage rider, Danielle O’Toole - professional show jumper, and Robert Patton, master saddler, also offered invaluable feedback.
Grant of patent - 2014
The BUA Saddle patent was formally granted in 2014. The unique design is new to the world and the culmination of moments of inspiration and years of perspiration.