Collegiate Launches New Website and Updated Close Contact Saddle Range

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Collegiate understands that the connection between horse and rider can be a truly unforgettable bond. That’s why the company strives to create a wide range of products that will not only help riders establish that connection but further enhance it. To honor this American Classic brand, Collegiate has launched a new website and updated two of its popular close contact saddles.

The fresh, new website, www.collegiatesaddlery.com, designed by marketing communications agency Cogent Elliot, allows users to easily navigate Collegiate’s product ranges, including saddles, bridles, strapgoods, accessories and more. Updated high-quality photography lends a modern, sophisticated look to the overall design and improved functionality. The site also offers an easy way to find Collegiate retailers throughout North America using advanced zip/postal code or city, state/province searches and mapping.

Other website features include an FAQ page to provide instant answers to common questions as well as advice on saddle care. For any inquiries left unanswered, the Contact Us function allows customers to email Collegiate’s first-rate customer service department. Users can also sign up to receive occasional mailings to be among the first to learn of news, special offers, giveaways and events. In addition, the site’s homepage shows a live feed of Collegiate’s social media pages.

“We are delighted with the new Collegiate website, which enables us to much more fully tell the story of our growing Collegiate range,” says Doug Walker, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Weatherbeeta. “We’re quite proud of this American Classic brand, and our new website reflects that.”

The launch of Collegiate’s new website coincides with the introduction of two updated close contact saddles. The popular Collegiate Convertible Diploma Close Contact Saddle features new soft, pre-oiled, grippy full-grain European covered leather, which adds a luxurious feel and extra security for the rider. The forward-flap saddle maintains its modern contrast stitching, flocked panels, ergonomic stirrup bars, moveable knee blocks and EASY-CHANGE Gullet System as well as its previous MSRP of $1,299, which offers a fantastic value in a leather saddle. And it is available in a wide range of seat sizes as well as in regular and long flap models.

Also relaunched is the Collegiate Close Contact Saddle, which has a slightly straighter flap but all of the same great features as the Diploma, including the EASY-CHANGE Gullet System and flocked panels, also has an MSRP of $1,299.

The new saddles will be available from Collegiate retailers beginning in June 2016.

Visit www.collegiatesaddlery.com to view the new website as well as to see Collegiate’s range of products, including the updated Collegiate Close Contact saddles.

About Collegiate Saddles
Collegiate Saddles were first manufactured by the Miller’s Harness Company nearly 30 years ago. They immediately took off as one of the most popular English saddle brands. Collegiate, which includes saddles, bridles, girths and other strapgoods, has become iconic as an American Classic and continues to offer riders quality products at great prices under the Weatherbeeta family of top brands. Collegiate is proud to be the Official Saddle of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, a designation Collegiate has held since the brand’s launch.

About Weatherbeeta
Weatherbeeta is the world’s largest supplier of equestrian goods to saddlery retailers. It was started in Australia in 1975 and opened its U.S. office in 1998. It also has branches in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Weatherbeeta’s core focus is distributing well-known global names including WeatherBeeta, Dublin, Collegiate, Korsteel, Roma and more. In addition, Weatherbeeta is an authorized distributor of Bates and Wintec Saddles in North America. Websites include www.weatherbeeta.com, www.dublinclothing.com, www.collegiatesaddlery.com, www.batessaddles.com and www.wintec-saddles.com.