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Bates Isabell Icon Lux

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Total elegance meets high performance in an iconic dressage saddle that is state of the art. The Bates Isabell Icon stands alone in freeing your horse’s full scope of movement and conveying your aids clearly. Strengthening your natural position and enhancing your intuitive connection, through saddle innovation and career experience. Your journey starts here.


1. ** against the size means needs to be factory made (wait could be up to 3 months)

2. Trial saddle available


The new Bates Isabell Icon saddle delivers exceptional freedom, perfect balance, effortless alignment and unrivalled connection. 

Gold medallist Isabell Wirth has designed this new saddle that wears her name as a badge of honour. Not only has she designed it but she rides in it ! She rode in the Icon at Tokyo Olympics and the world championships. Designed by the best to help you be your best.

Claim your FREE Anatomical Girth when you purchase your Isabel Icon Leather dressage Saddle.

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Stuart Tinney OAM scores a 21.6 and wins both classes after unboxing the NEW Bates Isabell Icon saddle just days prior.
Stuart Tinney is a multiple Olympic medallist, member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and holds the prestigious Order of Australia Medal.

For you

Beneath elegant lines, the perfect dressage seat and leading saddle innovations can be tailored perfectly for your ridden biomechanics. When you optimise the saddle for your natural position, your balance and stability are enhanced, you ride in total synergy and your vision comes to life.

For your horse

Engineered to adapt with your horse as they move through their body with total comfort, displaying strength and suppleness through their movements.

You will immediately notice your connection is accentuated and your horse more intrinsically responsive to your aids. 

Bates Isabell Icon seat: has been perfected

You will feel seated closer to your horse than ever before. An ultra-narrow waist that is low to your horse and just enough support to help you to move in harmony and deliver aids cleanly.

Luxe Leather: is more than luxury

When it comes to luxury and the ultimate riding feel in the seat, there is no comparison to Luxe Leather, simply the finest calf-leather in the world. You will immediately notice exceptionally grippy, luxurious and succulent leather from day one as the soft elasticity, exceptional grip, beautiful depth of colour and strength, all of which make it the ultimate in comfort and prestige.

Luxe Leather is hand-selected from the finest calf-leather in the world and meticulously cared for throughout its specialised tanning process. This will guarantee exceptional performance in strength, richness of colour, ultra-soft feel and level of grip to meet the unique demands of an equestrian saddle.

Movable over girth/ surcingle: stability redefined for dressage

Wrapping the saddle flaps around your horse, the movable over girth/ surcingle delivers unrestricted feel of your horse’s body and totally stabilises the supple flap. With enhanced contact you will enjoy a stable lower leg that helps even the most demanding moves appear effortless. Locate the over girth/ surcingle in the optimal position to sit centrally between your girth points for perfect presentation.

Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bar: strength and control starts with perfect balance

Select the optimal alignment in the saddle to enhance your position for perfect balance. When balance becomes effortless, your strength and precise delivery of aids are also amplified, for ultra-sensitive and responsive connection with your horse.

Adjustable Flexibloc system: subtle and effective support

Delivering exceptional support for the your position discreetly below the saddle flap. Working in harmony with your position and seat for exceptional security below luxurious soft cushioning.

Refined Elegance: a work of art for a classical presentation

A showpiece in any stable, the elegant detailing celebrates Isabell Werth’s journey to become an icon of our sport. Simple and understated for a classically neat presentation, befitting the glamour of dressage with every luxury for horse and rider.

Adjustable Y-Girthing system

Achieving an equal distribution of pressure along the length of the saddle tree delivers tremendous stability. When adjusted for an individual horse, this girthing system results in an incredible reduction in ‘white noise’ for your horse and accentuates clear communication between you and your horse. A new streamlined adjuster fitting removes any lumps for perfect seamless contact.

Bates Synergy Panel: the ultimate for close contact dressage performance

Exclusive to Bates Saddles. Ultra-fine and low profile, this panel sculpts away from your horse’s shoulder and transitions contact seamlessly and gradually on to your horse’s body, freeing their shoulder and achieving optimal space around the wither. The connection between you and your horse is accentuated through channelling your leg with seamless contact to let your horse feel your aids as they have never before. Your horse will instantly respond to the soft cushioning of the CAIR Cushion System, which lets them extend, lift and round to their fullest potential.

Imagine a saddle that can optimise your position, improve your riding, and gift your horse total comfort and freedom of movement now and into the future.

Discover what is possible in a saddle with the power to transform your position your horse’s freedom of movement your connection adjustability over time. 

HART: the biggest competitive advantage

The greatest gift for any horse is an elite saddle that allows them to move freely, to their fullest potential, and that can continue to be adapted as they develop, grow and change throughout the levels. You will know you are protecting your horse’s back through your partnership with the kind of comfort only possible through HART.

The technology that makes up HART has been proven to be transformative for both horse and rider:

  • Protective cushioning: CAIR Cushion System
  • Precision custom fit: EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution
  • Ergonomic flex: Elastiflex Tree
  • Free movement: Performance panel technology
  • Superior rider performance: Comfort seat technology

Only if a saddle has all of these features, is it worthy of the HART badge. Watch Isabel talk about her new saddle on the you tube link below