Mathilde Trinchero (Dance With Him) pays a visit to our workshop
16 June 2022
16 June 2022
If you’re a rider and a regular on social media, you’ve probably heard of Mathilde Trinchero, better known as “Dance With Him“, the name of her french YouTube channel. Originally a riding instructor, she now has 219,000 YouTube subscribers, 154,000 Instagram followers and 106,800 on TikTok. Mathilde has been an Antarès associate since 2019 and spent a day with us at our workshop in Saintes, together with her partner, Lucas Garcia (minus her famous horse, Olandais).
What did she feel after her day with us? “Well, I’ll never look at my saddle in the same way again”.
Mathilde has been riding for 15 years and admits she’s always liked Antarès for the style of our saddles, as well as their comfort and technical qualities. Yet, she had little idea of the amount of work it takes to make one of our tailormade saddles.
When Mathilde took a tour of the workshop, she got a proper hands-on insight into all the stages to make a horse riding saddle.
Each French hide is scrutinised to spot any apparent blemishes. Mathilde was left in no doubt that these tiny details make the difference.
To get a proper experience, Mathilde tried out various tools under the expert eyes of the craftsmen and women. You’ll find more details on her video blog.
Mathilde stresses that communication between the various Antarès team members is key during this stage. In fact, a saddle begins life before it gets to the workshop, when one of our experts conducts a fitting with the horse and rider.
While the future saddle is well on its way, there’s still plenty of work to do.
From fitting the saddle tree to tensioning, making a saddle seat is a high-precision task. Mathilde points out:
The quality of Antarès saddles is due to the fact that all bespoke saddles are handmade.
Saddle symmetry is vital for the comfort of both horse and rider. Mathilde saw the level of accuracy required at this stage.
After her day visiting our workshop, Mathilde published her thoughts in a video on her YouTube channel.
Her visit to our workshop also left a lasting impression in many ways. The fact that Antarès Sellier is a family firm, the skilled workers are self-taught and the teamwork involved constitute the core values of the business.
Very light, comfortable and beautiful.
The Antarès dressage saddle pad has a specifc shape for dressage saddles, with bigger flaps.