Trilogy Saddles believes that educating riders is an important part of riding, a process they saw come to life as a sponsor of the recent 2010 NEDA Fall Symposium in Hadley, Massachusetts. The symposium featured the dynamic husband and wife dressage team of Steffen and Shannon Peters, and provided an educational experience for all levels of riders. “In addition to offering incredible shows, NEDA believes in educating their riders. Education is very important to us at Trilogy, so we are always pleased to sponsor the NEDA shows,” said Deborah Witty, President of Trilogy Saddles. "Shannon Peters, who led the symposium with her husband Steffen, is a Trilogy Ambassador and rides in our saddles. We have a wonderful relationship with Shannon and it was great to watch as she and Steffen led the symposium."
Witty said that Shannon understands the rider’s position and how it affects the horse and was able to convey that to the riders at the symposium. “Shannon’s teachings fall in line with Trilogy’s goals, which is for riders to understand how their saddle affects the horse and rider,” Witty said. “Shannon is very detailed with the rider about their position while Steffen works on riding the horses. It was wonderful to see how Shannon and Steffen’s teachings dovetail to illustrate their successful program for working with dressage riders and their horses.”
Steffen and Shannon have stellar resumes, and Steffen recently won a bronze medal at theaboard Ravel. He has also made three trips to the Olympics, including a team bronze medal, and spends his time training horses and teaching professionals. As the second half of the dressage power couple, Shannon splits her time between training, teaching adult amateurs and competing. She has won many nationally ranked titles along with Horse of the Year honors.
“We really enjoyed being at the symposium,” Witty said. “NEDA’s drive is to educate riders and we really want to support that. They are one of the largest GMO’s in the northeast and we feel like what they offer is very beneficial to the dressage community.”
Witty said Shannon had the opportunity to stop by the Trilogy booth several times during the symposium. “Shannon creates a new depth of understanding and fairness in her four-legged and two-legged clients,” Witty said. “The work she does with them creates a sense of confidence that is not found in many horse and rider relationships.”
As a Trilogy Ambassador, Shannon joins an elite group of equestrians that rely on Trilogy and Witty for their saddle needs, including Debbie McDonald, Adrienne Lyle, Scott and Susanne Hassler to name a few. “Our goal at Trilogy is to achieve a greater level of performance and awareness for horses and riders through education, unrivaled service, and design,” Witty said. “NEDA has the same drive and we have supported them for several years and will continue to do so.”
Trilogy offers three dressage saddles: The Debbie McDonald, the Amadeo and the Verago. The Debbie McDonald Dressage Saddle series gives riders two choices: The Debbie McDonald features a flatter, more open seat, narrower seat and straighter leg. The Debbie Special is designed specifically for the petite rider. Trilogy also offers The Amadeo Dressage Saddle, the choice of riders who favor a more moderate depth of seat and twist with a generous seat bone position. The Verago Dressage Saddle is for the rider who prefers a deep seat with a narrow twist and a well-supported seat bone area.
For more information on Trilogy Saddles visit their website at www.trilogysaddles.com.