Muller rode away the winner of the Trilogy Dressage Saddle “Best Seat” Award at Wellington Classic Dressage’s Autumn Challenge of Champions, held in conjunction with the USDF Region 3 Championships, thanks to an impressive ride on her mare Fantassia. Muller and the gray 18.1 hand, seven-year-old Hanoverian mare drew the attention of the Trilogy selection committee during the show held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center to take home the “Best Seat” Award.“What an exciting experience to win this award,” Muller said. “I ride one of my horses in training in a Trilogy saddle. The Trilogy is very supportive of my leg and gives my leg a nice grip on the saddle and the horse.”
Muller, a renowned dressage trainer based in Wellington, Florida, was born and raised in Holland where she trained under the tutelage of Sjef Janssen for three years. Muller said she believes her strong seat developed during her early days on the back of a pony. “For seven years I rode my pony bareback and it helped develop my seat and balance,” she said.
The Trilogy “Best Seat” Award is presented to the rider that best fits the following three criteria: effective secure seat; well-fitting saddle that enhances performance for horse and rider; and overall performance on the horse. Debbie Witty, President of Trilogy Dressage Saddles, said she looks forward to presenting the award during the winter dressage season in Wellington, Florida. “It is an opportunity to recognize riders and the importance of well-fitting equipment,” she said.
Witty, a qualified saddle fitter from the Society of Master Saddlers of England, has spent years helping top riders such as Debbie McDonald, Shannon Peters, Courtney King-Dye, George Williams and Guenter Seidel with their saddle fitting needs. Trilogy Dressage Saddles are built in England by some of the most experienced craftsmen in the world. They feature a British tree made of laminated Beechwood, and a specially tanned hide from England that offers the rider an elastic broken-in feel. For more information on Trilogy Saddles or their sponsored riders, visit their website at www.trilogysaddles.com.
Photo: Kerensa Muller, aboard Fantassia, won the Trilogy Saddle “Best Seat” award at Wellington Classic Dressage’s Autumn Challenge of Champions, held in conjunction with the USDF Region 3 Championships. Region 3 USDF Director Sandy Bishop presents Muller with the Trilogy award.