Renowned for quality, Pessoa® have developed unique and innovative design features that are incorporated into their saddles, including:
“Traditional style wool - and synthetic - flocked panels can bunch up, causing hot spots and uneven pressure. As time goes by, this panel requires constant adjustments and reflocking because of shifting experienced during use.
The AMS® System has been designed to allow a perfect union between horse and rider. This system eliminates hot spots by dispersing any pressure variances of the flocking within the panels, thanks to the exclusive pressure stabilizing neoprene layer.
The neoprene layer provides a soft, consistent layer to support the rider's weight on the back of the horse. This layer will absorb impacts and distribute pressure evenly for maximum comfort and freedom of movement for your horse.
Saddles with AMS® panels can be re-flocked and fitted to your horse, just like traditional wool flocked panels.”
“Bayflex® is a type of memory-flex polyurethane which has been specifically designed for padding purposes by BAYER®.
Bayflex® is an extremely versatile material [that] can adjust itself to different pressures and maintain its protection without losing its shape. Because it is a specialty padding, it is able to provide ultimate cushioning without bulk.”
* X-Change® System
“All of the Pessoa® saddles are available with the interchangeable gullet X-Change® System. The rider can modify the width of the tree using any of our interchangeable gullet plates and a screwdriver. It is really that simple.
This system does not change the integrity or look of the saddle. A saddle with a medium gullet plate installed fits and looks exactly like a standard medium fixed-tree saddle.
The strength is the same, the feel is the same and all Pessoa® trees feature a 25-year warranty.
The tree size can be changed from Narrow up to Extra Wide.”
Here’s the story behind the Pessoa® brand…
“Nelson and Rodrigo Pessoa are champions by anyone’s standards. Over the years they each have amassed impressive resumes at the highest levels of the sport, including Olympic and Pan-American medals.
Nelson ‘Neco’ Pessoa burst onto the scene in the early 60s, at a time where Brazilian equestrians were primarily military members. His accuracy and impressive technique earned him the nickname ‘The Wizard’, and he continued to amass victories in Brazil and in Europe.
Rodrigo grew up travelling to horse shows with Nelson, and with each trip, his love for the horse and competing grew. Though encouraged to pursue his studies, he knew from an early age he would follow in his father’s footsteps. By 16 he was riding in Grand Prix, and he joined his first Olympic squad – with his father - at 19. He finished in 9th place individually.
With more than 50 years of savvy and horse sense packed into the design of every model, the heart of a competitor and the soul of a true horseman lives inside each Pessoa® saddle.