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
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.