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Win a Bates saddle of your choice

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Congratulations to our 5* Member competition winner Marilyn Radford who told us why she believes that her son Matthew deserves a new Bates saddle and we couldn’t help but agree!

“I would love to win a Bates saddle for my 15-year-old son Matthew in appreciation for all he does to help out on the farm and in general” Marilyn told us in her competition entry

“During the drought we were impacted heavily and, whilst we fought the ongoing daily battle of sourcing hay and keeping everything fed, watered and alive, Matthew more than stepped up without ever complaining.”

“He still managed to find time to ride his horses and his hard work has paid off. He is now competing in Eventing at One Star level but his current saddle is a THIRD-hand Wintec Pro which is 15 years old. In fact, all of Matt’s gear and even his horse are hand me downs. His horse is a OTTB who cost the grand sum of a Five Dollar Note. His big sister gave Matt the horse to ride”

“They have done extremely well together and recently ended up Reserve Champions at NSW Pony Club State Championships in the A grade class. He is working hard to be noticed by the selectors to make the State Eventing team for Nationals in September this year. Matt really wants to focus on improving all aspects of his riding and would love a Bates Eventing Saddle to go with his Bates Dressage saddle which is also a ‘hand me down’ but a wonderful saddle - nearly 11 years old and still in perfect condition”

“Most of our saddles are Bates - we have the Innova and Isabella and love them . We plan on buying Matthew a Bates Eventing saddle but are still catching up financially from the drought. Winning one for him would be so amazing”

Well done Marilyn – Matthew will have a brand new Bates saddle of his choice very soon and we look forward to seeing him out competing in it! Find out more about the perfect Bates saddle for you below




Thanks to Bates Saddles, we are so excited to announce we have a Bates Saddle OF YOUR CHOICE to giveaway to one of our wonderful members!  Whether you’re after a Bates Artiste for the dressage diehard or a Bates Advanta or Bates Victrix to shine over a jump, there is a saddle for everyone at Bates Saddles.

Bates Saddles has had a massive start to 2021, with the appointment of official partnerships to not one, not two but THREE international equestrian federations. 

As the Official Partner ofBritish Eventing (BE), and the German Equestrian Federation (FN), and the Official Saddle of the United States Eventing Association (USEA), we think it’s safe to say Bates Saddles is galloping into an amazing year.  Their Managing Director, Ron Bates, had to say of the BE partnership, “We are honoured by the trust that British Eventing have put in our legacy of saddle innovation and the expertise of our team…” 

The past two years saw us welcome the new Bates Victrix and Bates Artiste.  Both saddles have had 87 years of experience poured into their designs, of Bates Saddles’ skill in crafting saddles that enhance equine comfort and rider performance.


 Choices, choices .......  Which Bates saddle will you choose?


The Bates Victrix is the striking ‘coloured’ jumping saddle, with a range of coloured highlights and leather options. The ultra close-contact Bates Victrix features the patented Bates SynergyPanel, as well as the Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bar and HART. 

The Bates Artiste is classical design meets future tech – this stunning dressage monoflap saddle has quilted panel points, moveable FlexiContourblocs, and Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bars.  With the addition of HART, the Bates Artiste is designed to ensure the perfect fit for you and your horse meaning that as your horse changes shape, so can your saddle. 

To celebrate this big year for Bates Saddles we invite you, our loyal member, to submit your choice of saddle to win.  All you need to do is send us the name of your horse, the Bates saddle you prefer and why you would like to win. 

Will it be a brand-new Bates Artiste, Bates Advanta or Bates Victrix,  or a classic Bates Saddles style such as the famous Bates Innova or Bates Elevation? Tell us why for your chance to win ….

T’s & C’s

This competition to win a Bates Saddle of your choice is open only to our 5* members and delivery of our prize is available only in Australia.

  • Enter before July 1st 2021 by filling in a 5* members competition entry form here.
  • Only current 5* members are eligible to enter. Not a member yet? Click here to join us
  • One winner will receive the prize and the name will be announced on July 7th 2021 on this website and via our social media. The winner will also be contacted via email to organise delivery
  • Excludes mounts, accessories and saddle fitting
  • Please ensure you are logged in before entering