Operetta Dressage Saddle

Operetta Dressage Saddle

The Operetta is an award winning dressage saddle. Loved for its striking, sleek design, it delivers a dynamic ride with effortless close contact and control – giving you an outstanding performance.

Chosen by our Ambassador, blogger and influencer Elise Broche

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Design and fit
The mono flap, Operetta close contact Dressage saddle, offers sleek, streamlined design, packed with a range of features. The tree used for this dressage saddle gives a versatile fit as it suits a broad range of horses and riders. It is a good option for horses with medium to high withers and a slight curve to the back.

Features and benefits

  • Built on a brand-new hybrid laminated beech wood tree
  • Hook Bar fitted as standard
  • A broad seat with a narrow feel, giving you the optimum riding position
  • For close contact:
    • A slim front-gusset with a medium head
    • A sleek wool-flocked, mono flap that moulds to your horse
  • A wide gullet gives the horse’s spine greater clearance, ensuring free movement
  • Concealed V-girthing system gives you even girthing pressure to improve horses comfort
  • An exterior thigh block that perfectly aligns the leg position for maximum control
  • Mono flap as standard
  • Available in a short (-25mm), standard or long flap (+25mm)
  • Leathers available are plain full grain, genuine buffalo, bison print, memel print in black and brown (See Build My Baines for full colour options and other materials )

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We’ve been making the finest hand-crafted saddles and equine goods since 1982.  Ensuring your horses’ comfort and welfare is our ultimate goal and at the heart of every saddle we make. Our skilled craftspeople custom-make every saddle by hand, from the first cut to the last stitch. We use only the highest quality raw materials, luxurious leathers, patents, crystals, and welting to ensure all saddles meets our exacting standards and stand the test of time.

At Frank Baines Saddlery we focus on fit, so we only sell our saddles through our network of Approved Stockists. All of them have met our rigorous requirements and are qualified, saddle fitters. Together, we support you during your saddle buying journey,  to ensure you get the ultimate fit for your horse and cutting edge design that you will love.

Our mission is to make the finest quality saddle that gives you balance, stability, comfort and maximum performance; a saddle that give you and your horse hours of happy riding. We combine the finest traditions and artisan skills with luxurious, top quality materials to produce innovative, award winning saddles, loved by riders all over the world.

Block Options

This saddle is available with Short, Standard and Long Flap length.

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Material Options

All saddles can be made using a wide range of leathers, exotics, welting and crystals. Sign up to Build My Baines to view these and other options.


Since I had my new saddle it’s made a world of difference, his movements are so much better and he has more space to move.” Elise Broche, Frank Baines Ambassador, influencer and blogger


All saddles come with a complimentary;

  • Luxury embroidered cotton saddle cover with fleece lining (view)   
  • Embroidered saddle pad dressage (view)
  • Frank Baines Leather Balsam 150gsm (view)

The Frank Baines Guarantee
For saddles dispatched after 1st April 2020 onwards

Saddle trees come with a 5 year guarantee for breakage, subject to normal usage and conditions.
All other saddle parts come with a 2 year guarantee against defective workmanship and materials, subject to fair wear and tear and/or abuse or neglect, and subject to our terms and conditions.

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