Mas de vinaigre, Saint-Léons, France

Gaston Mercier, the innovative saddlery

An original concept

Conduit par un concept original et exclusif, nous fabriquons depuis plus de 20 ans des selles polyvalentes, ergonomiques et légères.

Ainsi, nous avons remis au goût du jour un principe qui consiste à reculer le poids du cavalier sur le dos du cheval, pour alléger l’avant main et favoriser l’équilibre du couple dans une monte sportive, sans fatigue et au plus près du cheval. Read more

The saddlery

Gaston Mercier, a native of Aveyron, was a horse breeder, a professional rider starting in the 1970's, a certified trail riding guide, and then a high level competitive endurance rider for 15 years (French Champion, European Champion two years running in 1987 and 1989).

His keen interest in tack and leather led him to collect and dissect old saddles and equipment. But this did not prevent him from thoroughly investigating avant-garde composite materials and their potential for adaptation.

He is a dedicated observer who found inspiration from the master horsemen and in the uses of military horses whilst readily calling into questions preconceived ideas. He developed his first prototypes in the early 1980's. He revolutionised the DNA of saddles and also rethought the whole range of accessories.

The excellence of French know-how

In 2011, on the strength of 25 years of existence combined with the ongoing process of handing down the business to his son Manuel over several years, and thanks to the skills of a strong team of 15 people, the company has earned two labels that reward the hard work and efforts placed in the design and manufacture of our entire product range and our determination to keep all of production in France. The company is Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) and has the label Made in Aveyron.

My account


Endurance RAID YVELINES - ENDURO CHEVAL (78) 25ème édition

Rambouillet, from April 30th to May 3rd 2015. Please come and see us on the Saddlery Gaston Mercier's Saddlery stand !

Castelsagrat - Endurance Tarn et Garonne

Meet us at Castelsagrat from the 8th to the 10th of May 2015, for the event Endurance Tarn Et Garonne (82)

French Championship of the horse of hunting – Fontainebleau

The saddlery Gaston Mercier will be present on this occasion from 30 until 31 may 2015. A lot of animations and equestrian demonstrations. More than 1500 dogs and horses in the verdure cathedral of the Grand Parquet, this demonstration is the biggest show of venery of Ile de France. A lot of demonstrations and initiations will contribute to testify of the complicity between the man and the animal. Don’t hesitate to come to find us there!

Mas de Vinaigre
12780 Saint-Léons - FRANCE

Tel. +33 (0)5 65 47 60 98
Fax +33 (0)5 65 47 66 71


Je profite de la nouvelle mouture de notre site, pour donner plus d’éclairage à notre concept, qui préside depuis 25 ans sur tous les modèles de selles de notre gamme, étendue aujourd’hui à toutes les équitations. Extérieur, endurance, dressage, obstacle...