While the basic principles of saddlery design and manufacture have remained unchanged for decades, FAIRFAX SADDLES has gone beyond traditional craftmanship and developed an innovative range of equestrian tack. All the products in the range have properties that benefit both horse and rider and enhance performance due to their unique design. The Performance Girth was the first to be launched.
Fairfax Saddles Ltd has been making saddles in England for more than 30 years and in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics designer Vanessa Fairfax happened to be looking at the design of the girth – the strap that holds the saddle on a hose’s back.
She realised the design was actually restricting the horse’s movement and potentially hindering its performance, so she set about designing a completely different version.
Her work came to the attention of Team GBR who asked her to delay the launch of the Fairfax Performance Girth until after the Games so the British Olympic Team could benefit. Her revolutionary girth was such a success; the equestrian press dubbed it “Team GBR’s secret weapon”.
Rupert Fairfax, Fairfax managing director, says: “To win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise based on the Performance Girth is a great honour for us. To our knowledge, we are the only saddlery manufacturer to ever be recognised in the innovation category.
“Our approach of using technology and science, combined with traditional craftsmanship, makes us unique in the UK saddlery trade, and I think the award reinforces this.”
Fairfax has now developed a whole range of products, all independently tested under scientific conditions. Continued growth has seen a recent expansion into a new factory, opened by Olympic dressage silver medallist Spencer Wilton.
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