Wellington, FL – International Grand Prix dressage rider Jaime Amian was intrigued when he discovered that Steffen Peters as well as several of Amian’s own clients ride in a Custom Saddlery saddle. The riders obviously love their saddles, and their horses do, too. Amian began to investigate and found the saddles to promote the best possible communication with his horses. Amian is now a devotee of the brand, and is officially a Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider (MVR).
“You sit deeper in the saddle, and are able to give your leg aids and seat aids much, much better in a Custom saddle. Therefore, you are more effective,” Amian said. Amian rides a variety of horses, and finds that Custom Saddlery has a different model to suit each individual horse’s needs to allow freedom of movement. The USDF Gold Medalist is a stickler for the dressage training scale, and believes that a well-fitting Custom Saddlery saddle can contribute immensely to the horse and rider’s ability to move up the scale.
Amian often rides in the Custom Everest single flap dressage saddle, a model designed for a horse with a large shoulder. Amian, originally from Spain and now located in Wellington, Florida, rides a number of Spanish horses (PREs and Lusitanos), so he needs a saddle designed with room for the horses’ free shoulder movement. The mono flap design is less bulky, and the extra-deep seat allows Amian close contact with the horses he rides.
The rider’s impressive background includes scoring consistently in the 70s for the past two years at multiple shows throughout Europe on several different horses. Amian has placed first in the Beaufort-Centre Equestre International in Luxemburg, Belgium, and the International Show CDI Biarritz in France, amongst several others. Amian trained with Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz for two years in Spain, and then graduated from the Escuela de Arte Ecuestre Costa del Sol in Málaga, Spain. Amian next worked in Germany for three years to earn his bereiter's, or training, license. From there he went on to ride for Klaus Balkenhol for nearly three years.
As Amian prepares for the upcoming show season in the U.S., his goal is to ride some of his young horses in international classes during the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. After a recent move to Florida from California, he is preparing the horses and himself for the exciting atmosphere at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival by showing in national classes at the White Fences Equestrian Center in Loxahatchee, Florida.
Custom Saddlery is proud to be a part of helping Amian continue as a frontrunner in dressage competitions. As the Official Saddle of the U.S. Dressage Team through the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Custom Saddlery is devoted to supplying high-quality, customized saddles that are perfect matches for dressage’s most talented riders.
Cary Wallace, President of Custom Saddlery, explained, “Jamie is a young, charismatic dressage rider, and people gravitate to him. We want to be a part of that, too!” The decision to sponsor Amian was simple for this leading saddle company. “Have you seen him ride? That’s the reason we selected him as a Custom Saddlery rider,” Wallace said.
To learn more about Jaime Amian, visit www.jaimeamian.com. For more information about Custom Saddlery and its popular saddle models—including the Everest— visit www.mysaddle.com or call 1-800-235-3865.