Friday 11 February 2022

SMART Ambassador: Sam Gorman and 'Porridge' with their SMART Native Dressage saddle.


"Porridge was bought as a lightly backed 3 year old with the intention of gently producing him for my riding school. He's a 14.2hh traditional gypsy cob. I quickly fell in love with him, and his can do attitude, so I decided to produce him myself for dressage. 

Porridge, ridden by Sam Gorman

His first British Dressage outing was as a 5 year old, gaining 69% and 70 % at novice and prelim.  

Porridge recently featured in Horse and Hound

We are now competing Advanced Medium, having featured in Horse and Hound magazine after a double win! We are schooling all the tempi's, and piaffe and passage, and hope to compete at PSG soon. He's rising 9 now, so would love to compete him at Grand Prix one day, with plenty of years left to be able to compete at this level. 

Porridge loves Spanish walk, it's his party trick! Even when saddle fitting, thinking he'll win a treat! I love training him, he's such a happy chap, and really appreciate the value of the best and most comfortable equipment for my horses. 

Porridge showing his SMART Native Dressage saddle

I've ridden lots of horses, in lots of saddles, having gained my BHSI qualification almost 15 years ago. I'd never go back to using treed saddles and my Warmblood competed at Inter 1 in my SMART saddle too.  Most of my riding school horses go in SMART saddles and I plan to increase my collection so that all my school horses are ridden in them."

We can't wait to hear how Porridge progresses in his new SMART Native Dressage saddle, watch this space!

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