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A Legendary Brand Created by Legendary Horsemen
The Pessoa® brand of saddles and tack has been the choice of hunters, jumpers and cross-country riders for decades. In a Pessoa saddle, you don’t struggle to find your two-point position or suffer in your flatwork. More than 50 years of expertise and innovation, initiated by the renowned father-son team of Nelson and Rodrigo, is packaged into the design of every Pessoa saddle.


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The Pessoa Story

Nelson Pessoa and his son, Rodrigo, are champions by anyone’s standards. Over the years, each rider has achieved impressive success at the highest levels of equestrian sport, including Olympic and Pan American medals.
These experts in the field of jumping are the Pessoa brand. It has grown from their extensive training and showing experiences into a competitive line of saddles and tack that meets the exacting standards of professional riders. A full collection of classically styled leather jumping saddles that incorporates newer technologies delivers performance, comfort and support for riders in the jumping disciplines.

AMS® Panels

AMS flocked panels eliminate pressure variances and hot spots that can occur with traditional wool or synthetic flocking. The panels place a soft inner layer of neoprene toward the horse. This layer consistently supports the rider’s weight and absorbs impact and protects against bunching. AMS panels can be reflocked and refitted just as traditional panels by a professional fitter.

Bayflex® Panels

Bayflex is a type of memory-flex polyurethane developed by BAYER® for padding purposes. Bayflex adjusts itself to different pressures and maintains its protective properties without losing its shape. Offering great cushioning without bulk, it doesn’t bottom out, heat up or cause hot spots as it adjusts itself to a horse’s back to distribute pressure evenly. Once removed from a horse, Bayflex resumes its original shape, making saddles with Bayflex panels ideal for those who ride multiple horses.

X-Change® Interchangeable Gullet System

Many Pessoa saddles feature the XCH® system. It allows the rider to modify the width of a tree from narrow to extra-wide using interchangeable gullet plates. Simple and easy to use, the system doesn’t change the integrity or look of the saddle. it doesn’t bottom out, heat up or cause hot spots as it adjusts itself to a horse’s back to distribute pressure evenly. Once removed from a horse, Bayflex resumes its original shape, making saddles with Bayflex panels ideal for those who ride multiple horses.