6 things you may not know about our partnership with Isabell

The Wintec Isabell Dressage Saddle is undoubtedly one of the most popular dressage saddles in the world!

To develop such a popular saddle, at home in many tack-rooms, takes a special development process made possible by our enduring and unique partnership with German World Dressage Champion, Isabell Werth.

To this day, we are proud to say that she rides her horses in the very same model of saddle that you can purchase from your local tack store. Her personal saddles are absolutely no different to any other Wintec Isabell saddle and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

FACT #1. We have been friends with Isabell Werth for a very, very long time!

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, our unique and very long lasting working partnership began way back in 1989 (more than 25 years ago)!

SEE ALSO: Lasting partnerships and Wintec Saddles advocates

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FACT #2. The first saddle Isabell won an Olympic Gold Medal in was NOT the Wintec Isabell!

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.

SEE ALSO: Beautiful partnership with Gigolo FRH

FACT #3. The first saddle Isabell developed with us was NOT the Wintec Isabell!

After a number of major successes in the Wintec Sport Dressage Saddle, Isabell provided us 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, we 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.

SEE ALSO: The Wintec Pro Dressage Saddle


FACT #4. Isabell was ‘hands-on’ during the development of the Wintec Isabell Saddle

Over a a number of years, Isabell and our Wintec Saddles Research and Development team travelled back and forth between her stables in Germany and our development office in Australia. We 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.

FACT #5. There have been a number of updates to the Wintec Isabell Saddle, but only one major re-design

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.

Wintec Isabell - Models

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

SEE ALSO: The current model Wintec Isabell Saddle

FACT #6. All of Isabell Werth’s major successes have been achieved in a Wintec Saddle!

We couldn’t be prouder of Isabell’s achievements in her Wintec Saddle, including:

  • Four Individual Olympic medals
  • Four Team Olympic Gold medals
  • Three times Individual World Champion
  • Four World Team Gold medals.

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Isabell has been our long time friend, partner and advocate and we’re so pleased to have been a major part of Isabell’s journey, from talented teenager to World Dressage Champion. This close partnership means that you and your horse can become a winning partnership in the Wintec Isabell Saddle.