"Pariani" Saddlery established on 2nd November 1903 by Mr.
Adolfo Pariani. At beginning Pariani imported saddles from England,
but after some years Mr. Adolfo decided to manufacture saddles and
accessories directly following directions of the best Italian riders.
In that moment "Pinerolo" was the best Jumping school in
the world and in Captain Caprilli the best "interpreter"
of a new way to jump: adapted after by about all riders.
In 1928 the son Alberto entered in the farm and gave the most impulse
to the exportation, considering italian style saddles were very requested
and "Pariani" made a high quality. Quality and innovation
were the winner "cards" of "Pariani". The collaboration
with the best italian riders from Caprilli through D'Inzeo, Mancinelli
and others, helped to the success of "Pariani" saddles,
always in the van to suggest new models and new raw materials.
In 1930 "Pariani" exported his saddles in many countries,
USA particularly. Many of the most important riders and many important
persons (General Patton in 1934 - Kennedy - Reagan - Shah of Persia
- Costantin of Greece - Elisabeth Queen - Edinburg Prince and many
other) rode and are riding on "Pariani" saddles.
Mr. Alberto Pariani died in 1956 and from that date the nephew Aurelio
Mutinelli and his sons Caterina and Carlo (from 20 years) are making
all the possible so that "Pariani" can be considered a
reliable firm making high quality saddles and accessories.
Founded in 1903, Pariani produces from their workshops in Milan
handcrafted saddles and accessories for horse-riding.
Only few years from its opening and following the suggestion of
Federico Caprilli, an Italian Captain from the Military Riding School
of Pinerolo, Pariani is the first saddlery in the world to make
a spring tree and to change the saddle's attitude. (1982 - Saddlery
and Horse Equipment - Jennifer Baker) Caprilli, adopting a forward,
crouching position and placing his weight forward, thus freeing
the horse's loins and hindquarters, unlike his contemporaries who
sat back and behind the movement. The saddle developed by Pariani
places the rider in the centre of the saddle; the knee or thigh
rolls support the thigh above the knee. Stirrup-bars are recessed
and placed under the tree instead of on top as in the old hunting
saddles, and are positioned further forward than of old, thus enabling
the stirrups leathers to hang further forward and the rider's leg
consequently to be placed in such a position that it can be used
to maximum effect, rather than being stuck out in front. This saddle,
therefore, contributes to the rider having a deep seat, and by positioning
him as closely to the horse as possible, and fixing the leg, gives
support, security and maximum control.
In 1950 Pariani introduces a new revolutionary saddle, the "Olympic";
the peculiarity of this saddle is to not have the flaps. The legs
are placed directly on the panels and straps are longer in order
to have the maximum contact with the horse.
In 1980, in cooperation with the never forgot champion, born the
"Mancinelli"; a new saddle which following the new riding
style has seat and flaps padded, short and thick knee rolls for
the best comfort for horse and rider.
In 1998 Pariani, in cooperation with Guido Dominici (untimely died
on 21.07.99) launch "Future", which combined the traditional
spring tree with seat and panels cushioned with PROLITE®, a
blend of visco-elastic-gel polymer and latex rubber, which has the
impact and pressure absorption properties of traditional gels but
it is up to 80% lighter.
From Caprilli to today, in collaboration with some of the best riders
like Piero and Raimondo D'Inzeo, Graziano Mancinelli, Guido Dominici
and Jerry Smit, Pariani continues to produce new models satisfying
the ever changing needs of the modern rider.
Still today Pariani, using the finest leather available and employing
only skilled craftsmen, produce by hand all saddles and accessories,
paying particular attention, to the smallest detail.
In over 90 years, Pariani saddles' exceeded many borders and have
satisfied thousands lovers of riding sports, and it is always a
pleasure to remember the Kennedy Family, Ronald Reagan, the Regal
English Family, Costantino of Greece, the Shah of Persia, Yul Brinner
and all the others which for obviously reason of space we cannot
Completely hand made by an our expert saddlers, it has a double
wood layer crossed and reinforced with a tempered steel's gullet
plate, while the two strips are made with a special alloy of aluminium
so as to be very flexible and resistant in the meantime.
Safety stirrups bar are made by HS SPRENGER and are used to complete
this extra-quality spring tree, which whole weight is only ±2
lbs (30 oz.).
Extremely flexible, this tree diverts the rider's weight from horse's
back while riding or jumping as it share out the knocks on the whole
tree's surface and not only on one or two points, resulting in greater
comfort for horse and rider.
The twist has been extremely narrowed to permit the greatest close
contact with the horse and the best leg comfort.
Three different withers' sizes are available (20 - very narrowed,
for thoroughbred; 21 - normal and 22 large), but it is also possible
to customize it if the horse has a very special withers, only moulding
a wire on it. Making it out on a paper sheet and send it by fax
to us we can make the tree on the withers' size without any additional
On square cantle, three different depth of seat are available (5.5
- flat; 6.5 - normal and 7 - deep) while are only two on round cantle:
7.5 - normal and 9 - deep (specially for dressage), everything without
any additional charge.
The mostly used withers' sizes are 21 and 22 while the seat's depth
(on square cantle) is 6.5.
LEATHER AND CALFSKIN: We use only the best full grain leather with
a 32 tanning process steps; that's guarantee the best long-lasting
Calfskin has been expressly tanned to allow the best grip and comfort.
SEAT: Padded with PROLITE® and felt to guarantee the best comfort.
PROLITE® is a blend of visco elastic gel and latex rubber and
has the impact and pressure absorption properties of traditional
gels but it is up to 80% lighter.
Skirts are fully hand stitched to the leather's seat, that is fully
hand-hammered to the tree by over than 150 nails.
KNEE ROLLS AND BLOCKS: Knee blocks and rolls are also available
in different sizes, length and thickness; everything without any
PANELS: Two different styles are available: the traditional wool-flocked
one and the ultimate, cushioned with felt and PROLITE® which
is also waterproof and temperature resistant. This helps to maintain
the panels always dry and soft. This kind of panels have been also
studied to fit perfectly the horse's back, without any need of additional
pads to balance the saddle.
SIZES: Stock sizes are 16" - 16½" - 17" -
17½" - 18" but it is also possible to customize
the saddle without any additional charge; knowing the rider's height
and weight we can make the seat for his weight and the flaps for
his legs' length. On stock sizes you can choice also between several
flaps sizes too.
The exceptionally bond gave to the tree and the extra comfortable
seat and knee pads are really unique in the saddlery's history.
You cannot compare a PARIANI with any other saddle, just because
it is completely and really hand-made. Only the stitching on flaps
and skirts are made by sewing machine; all others are fully hand
made to give you an incredible durability. We haven't any assembly
line; each saddler start and finish the saddle to guarantee the
best quality, and this is also the only way to have a custom-made
PARIANI saddle needs over than 24 work-hours to be called PARIANI,
and this is the least we must do to be at your side for most of
The changeable lining have been studied to give to the customer
2 boots in one. In this way it is possible to clean dry the sheepskin
to solve the problem of dusty or use the neoprene when the weather
is inclement. It is also possible to have a special neoprene lining
with lead inside; when you're training your horse this can help
its movements while jumping.
The leather fastening have a plastic insert glued and stitched to
prevent the opening and to save holes to became wide.
All our bridles are fully hand-made using only the best English
full grained leather. Cheeks of bridles w/brass fittings can have
buckles, hook-studs or snaps. Bridles are usually sold w/rubber
reins, but we can also supply them with plain leather, web or laced