About Ava Saddles

Ava Saddles was set up by Claire Fitzmaurice in 2007. As an event rider, trainer and saddle fitter, Claire had become frustrated with the range of saddles available on the market. “I’d seen so many riders struggling to find a saddle that really fitted their horse that I realised I needed to do something about it,” Claire explains. “So I set about designing the Ava range. A well-fitting saddle makes a huge difference to horses and their riders and should become an integral part of horse-care and management.”

Claire has more than twenty years’ experience as a rider and trainer and this has helped her design a range of saddles that work for both horse and rider. Ava saddles offer a high quality yet affordable option for the rider looking to achieve their best and safeguard their horse’s health and well-being.

At Ava Saddles we understand that buying a new saddle is both an exciting and confusing time. We pride ourselves on offering a personalised service and our experienced team will guide you through and make sure that your saddle is exactly right for both you and your horse. Our saddles have been tried and tested – have a look at our testimonials page to see how an Ava saddle has helped other riders!

Clients’ Testimonials

Thank you Claire Love my new calfskin dressage saddle with crystals. My 4 year old goes so well in his Ava jump saddle so thought I would treat him.

Steph Holker, Blackburn

Never been so excited about a saddle before -it fits me & my horse perfectly.Its so comfortable to ride in & has improved the horse’s way of going.

Sara Black, North Yorkshire

Thoroughly enjoying both saddles been out jumping too, thank you xx

Hilary Whiteside, Surrey

A year on the difference in Jake is amazing! He is now using himself more effectively ... and my physio has commented on how supple he is in his back

Joyce Greenhorn, Falkirk, Scotland

Love my Ava Pro Jump saddle and my horse does too she’s going so much better, thank you xx

Kelly Cherrington, West Yorkshire

The air filled panels also allowed my horse to develop more muscle along his top line, and within a month the saddle needed altering to his changed shape. Ava Saddles made the alterations quickly by changing the amount of air in each panel.

Jenny Owst, Otley

Today we had Errol’s back thermal imaged. I can not thank Ava enough for our fantastic saddle. He now has 10 out of 10 for a happy back.

Catherine Marshall, Todmorden, Yorkshire

I cannot recommend Ava Saddles highly enough, based on the huge difference I have seen in my horse. Thank you Claire.

Abby Armitt, Cheshire

The fit and comfort it provided my horse, speaks for itself, he’s never been happier or moved so well. . I can’t hold the service and product received by Claire and Ava Saddles in higher regard.

Lisa White, North Yorkshire

Just a note to say how delighted I am with my new dressage saddle. I have been struggling to find a saddle to fit for three years and have have tried at least four different makes which have been disasters!

Tracey and Texas

In May I bought a dressage saddle and I absolutely love it, so we are now a 2 Ava Saddles family and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone else.

Rachel Smith, Preston

Now in my 7th year of riding in Ava saddles, on several different horses – all expertly fitted and adjusted as necessary.

Nikki Cartwright, North Wales

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