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The Henri De Rivel Minimus Saddle

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Henri De Rivel Unveils the Minimus: Lightest, Most Supple Saddle To Date

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: JPC Equestrian, Inc.
Release Date: 2015-08-27

Drums, PA – August 27, 2015 – In just a few short weeks, riders can take a comfortable seat in Henri De Rivel’s softest, lightest and most supple saddle to date: the brand new Minimus.

The top-of-the-line saddle was conceived with the philosophy that “less is more,” offering minimal interference between the rider and the horses’ back.

“It’s an absolutely incredible saddle,” said Laurie Sharma, who played an instrumental role in developing the concept behind the Minimus. “It’s immediately broken in. You fit to the horse like a glove, literally. It’s like putting a glove on a hand the way your legs can wrap around the horse just as nicely.”

While Sharma, the founder of Equine Couture and a leader on the Henri De Rivel development and manufacturing team, had helped the idea of the Minimus come to fruition, she was still blown away by the quality of the saddle after sitting in it for the first time.

“Trying it for the first time was amazing. You really sit and squeeze, and you have such an incredible feel for your horse. It’s awesome. Ride in it, and you’ll see!” Sharma said.

While Laurie Sharma and husband Timmy Sharma sought to create a lighter, more minimally interfering saddle, above anything else they wanted to ensure that the quality of the saddle was not compromised.

“We wanted to ensure that the materials are still very strong, but at the same time, they are as supple and soft as possible,” Timmy explained. “Generally, these popular, grippy leather saddles are made with two leathers. You have the flap underneath, which is called harness leather, and you overlay another smooth leather on top of that, which is the grippy, soft leather. With the layered leather, you tend to end up with a bulkier saddle. This is the first time that we’ve really zeroed in on the thickness of both the harness leather and the overlay leather. It’s allowed us to create something very thin and supple.”

While the Henri De Rivel Minimus saddle will offer riders a luxury riding experience, it will not come with the luxury price tag. The saddle, available at select retailers beginning in mid-September, is priced under $1,000 at an affordable $995. The saddle will also be available to try through Henri De Rivel’s test ride program through select stores such as Dover Saddlery.

To find out more about the Henri De Rivel Minimus saddle click here or visit Find Henri De Rivel on Facebook here for the most recent updates and to learn where to find the Minimus.


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