The Ellipse™ Dressage saddle has become firm favorite with riders since our first model launched over 30 years ago. A specifically designed saddletree accommodates the broader backed horse such as Arabians, Morgan’s and Cob types it has also proved successful with many other horse breeds.
Featuring a hooped cut back hand crafted laminated Birch Wood and Spring Steel saddle tree, fitted with our Lovatt & Ricketts® stainless steel heavy duty dressage bars for a correct leg position. Flatter broader lambs wool flocked panels with an open gullet offers comfort and freedom of movement for the horse.
The Ellipse™ offers all the features, sophistication and finish, that one would expect from a quality classic dressage saddle, and is available in a wide selection of sizes and tree widths; to accommodate horse and rider.
Lovatt & Ricketts® Saddle Trees
Our saddles trees are manufactured in our own saddletree department using the finest laminated birch wood and reinforced with steel for strength. Each tree is specifically made for each model, designed by us and produced by our own Master saddletree makers. All of our trees conform to
British Standards Institution 6635 so you can be assured of quality strength and reliability.
The new L&R® Double Position Swing Bar allows the rider to change stirrup lengths to maintain balance in the saddle while training with different goals. When riding with a longer stirrup, use the stirrup in the back position to balance your more vertical upper body position. When you have shorter stirrups, use the front position as your balance has changed to a more forward position.
The new L&R® Double Position stirrup bar is ideal for Dressage training as it allows for a longer stirrup for the classic Dressage position and a shorter stirrup for green horses or cross-training days all while allowing the rider to maintain a more balanced position.
Each and every item used in the construction of our saddles is sourced in England from the finest materials available were ever possible.
Other Ellipse™ Features
- The new L&R® Double Position Swing Bar
- Repositionable Velcro knee blocks
- Choice knee block styles
- Choice of flaps lengths
We use only Italian calfskin that has been embossed and patented to simulate exotic skins. No exotic or endangered species of animals or reptiles are used in the manufacture of our saddles.
An additional cost of $200 is added to the basic cost of the saddle.
Leather Options: X-Grip Water Buffalo with Ultra-Tack™ Calf Skin Seat and Knee pads or Smooth English full Grain butts with Ultra-Tack™ Calf Skin Seat and Knee pads.
Colours: Black, *Brown is to Special Order Only
Seat Sizes: 16.½”, 17”, 17.½”, 18”, 18.½” and 19”
Tree Widths: Medium, Medium Wide, Wide and Extra Wide
Prices displayed on this website are in US dollars and are the retail prices for USA and Canada. For other countries, please contact your local distributor for the price in the appropriate currency.
The Ellipse dressage saddle not only fits my horse but is a dream to ride in as well!I have an xwide quarter horse mare that is very difficult to fit. Janet Lovett at the Arabian Saddle company was able to locate the Ellipse dressage saddle that not only fits my horse but is a dream to ride in as well. And since it was made several years ago and had not been bought I got an excellent price. The leather is so soft and supple too – no break in period. My mare is moving beautifully in this saddle. This is my 4th L&R saddle I have owned over the years and have never been disappointed. I still have my L&R Elan jump saddle and it has held up so well. The quality of these saddles is unsurpassed. Working with Janet was a great experience – she went above and beyond to find me a saddle to fit. I highly recommend reaching out to L&R Saddlery for your next saddle.
The Arabian Saddle Company was very helpful and easy to work with!I would encourage anyone struggling to fit a wide-backed, broad shouldered horse to try the Ellipse by Lovatt and Rickets. This saddle changed my cross-bred Friesian mare’s attitude completely, by freeing up her shoulders and relieving pressure points. Although she had always been ridden in an extra-wide saddle, it was not a hoop tree, and that made a crucial difference. She no longer stops after being asked to do lateral work and is willing to canter. The saddle is well made and immediately comfortable for the rider. Janet at The Arabian Saddle Company was very helpful and easy to work with.
This is the best saddle purchase I’ve ever made!I have nothing but good things to say about my new Lovatt and Ricketts Ellipse dressage saddle! I have a hard-to-fit Arabian gelding – very wide, very round, very short-backed with low withers. I knew the saddle I was riding in wasn’t ideal, but I wasn’t sure how to resolve the problem. Once I researched hoop trees and saddle makers, I knew I wanted to try the Lovatt and Ricketts Ellipse. I ran into Adrienne Hendricks at a horse show, and she had an Ellipse with her that I was able to sit in. Once I sat in the saddle, experienced its comfort and examined its quality, I knew I wanted to try one on my horse.With the assistance of both Janet Lovatt and Adrienne Hendricks, I was able to custom order a saddle made to template for my horse. Janet helped expedite the construction and shipping of the saddle, and Adrienne helped me adjust the final fit so it was perfect for me and my gelding. My horse is moving better than ever, and I can spend hours in the arena as well as on the trail, riding in comfort! A bonus is how pleased my local saddle fitter is with the saddle as well. She and I both love the buffalo leather for durability, the new, hinged two-position stirrup bars (they are brilliant!), and the panel construction designed to properly fit the weight-bearing area of my horse’s back. This is the best saddle purchase I’ve ever made. Thank you again, Janet and Adrienne! My Ellipse is just perfect!
“I never imagined riding could be so comfortable”Originally, my only concern in looking for a saddle was finding one that fit my sensitive Arabian and would not cause any discomfort in my horse when ridden. I tried a bunch of saddles at the Arabian Horse Show and knew as soon as I sat in the Ellipse that it was the saddle I wanted. When I learned that Steve would come and fit my horse and offered a trial, I was sold. The first time I rode my Arabian in the Ellipse saddle, I could have ridden for hours! It is the most comfortable saddle I have ever been in. My husband thought I was exaggerating until he tried it and couldn’t believe how comfortable it was! Unfortunately, I was riding in his western saddle and had to cut our ride short! The Ellipse is akin to riding atop soft pillows; I never imagined riding could be so comfortable. More importantly, I feel secure no matter what crosses our path. No more uneven rubbing and no more tender spots on my horses back, no matter how long the ride, or how often I ride. This saddle, because of the quality, and because of the care and concern that both Steve and Janet have for you and your horse, is worth every single penny. I can’t imagine riding in anything else ever again!
I highly recommend this company for their service and qualityI met the Arabian Saddle Company at the Scottsdale Arabian show after I bought my first Arab. They promptly sent me a saddle to try that didn’t fit but my horse was still young. She subsequently broke a bone and could not be ridden for a year. When she healed and was ready, they recommended an extra-wide Ellipse saddle, which I never would have tried and it fits perfectly! I tried multiple other saddles and they all bounced or slid. They let me keep the tester while mine was made. I highly recommend this company for their service and quality for anyone with Arabs, Morgans or Andalusians.