The Ellipse™ Dressage Saddle

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.

Double Position Swing Stirrup barThe 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

Custom Cantles

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

Black Smooth
Brown Smooth
Black Buffalo
Brown Buffalo

Seat Sizes: 16.½”, 17”, 17.½”, 18”, 18.½” and 19”

Tree Widths: Medium, Medium Wide, Wide and Extra Wide

Price: $4,750.00

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.

“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!
Nichole HScottsdale, AZ