Empire Median

Empire Median

From €4800.

Features and options

Standard supplied in soft and supple buffalo leather, other types of leather available on request

17" to 18"

100% wool-filled and comes standard with TreeClix for optimal adaptability

Choice of different cushion designs for maximum comfort and shoulder freedom for your horse

Various girth bump positions

Close contact feel due to the girth flap design

Choice of knee hocks in various lengths that support your leg

Ability to adjust the position and length of the sweat pad for optimal leg positioning

De Empire Median combineert een stijlvol ontwerp met comfort voor ruiter en paard, speciaal voor paarden met een lage tot gemiddelde schoft en oplopende rug.

Perfect fit for low to medium withers and rising back

The tree in the Empire Median is designed for rongeribbed horses, with a rounded topline, with a slight slope in the back and low to medium withers. The cushion is designed so that the pressure is well distributed on the horse’s back, the spinal column gets a lot of freedom and the saddle stays perfectly in place during all movements. And through the TreeClix system, the tree size can be adjusted by up to 4cm.

What our customers say

What our customers say about Empire

I came in contact with Empire Saddles and the TreeClix system a few years ago because I was struggling to find a well-fitting saddle for my horses. It brought much more than I ever expected and opened up a whole new dimension in the riding and movement of my horses. Recurring problems disappeared when my saddles supported biomechanically correct horse movements.

The saddles offer great comfort for both horse and rider. They allow me to sit freely and independently, but supported, which has contributed immensely to my sitting. Additionally, the TreeClix system has allowed my horses to positively develop their bodies, as it has been possible to adjust the saddle according to the changes in my horses over the years.

Yoeki Bos - Grandprix rider
What our customers say about Empire

For the past five years I have been riding several horses on Empire saddles: William, Grace Jones, Habakuk and also my wonder mare Kenzie have been fitted with an Omani through Akash Saddlery. Of course with "TreeClix inside! Quite a few of my students now also ride an Empire saddle.

The Omani is not only a very nice saddle to look at, but gives me support where needed without being coercive. It has a deep seat, the monoflap gives a nice close contact feel, and the rockers leave my knees free, allowing me to ride with a long, relaxed leg.

Because of the cushions placed under the frame of the saddle with a wide saddle rail, my horses have a lot of freedom of movement in the topline. The built-in TreeClix system ensures optimal positioning and can be easily adjusted at every stage of training.

I have owned and tried many different saddles in my 40-year career; however, thanks to the unfailing service and care of Akash Saddlery and Jolanda van der Leeden, I am now very wedded to my Empire saddles! And - more importantly - so did my horses!

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Maarten van Stek - Heavy tour rider
What our customers say about Empire

For a long time I was looking for a good saddle that was comfortable for myself but most importantly, that was comfortable for my horses. When I first sat down in the Empire saddle it immediately felt very good! You're really into it and in the process you feel a lot of contact with your horse.

I have some sensitive horses and they clearly indicate what they like. Since riding with the Empire saddle I notice so much difference! Much more looseness and relaxation on the back and no longer wanting to run away from the saddle. That to me does indicate that they like it much better now!

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Aniek de Laat - Small tour rider
"The Empire Median combines stylish design with comfort for rider and horse, especially for horses with low to medium withers and rising backs."

Try out the Median

Want to feel if the Median is the perfect saddle for you and your horse? Contact one of our Empire saddle fiters with no obligation!