McLain Ward & Clinta. Photo by World Of Show Jumping
What stirrup range does the sixth-ranked showjumper in the world ride in, and advocate? Royal Rider Stirrups, of course!
McLain Ward & Clinta. Photo by World Of Show Jumping
McLain Ward & Clinta. Photo by World Of Show Jumping

What stirrup range does the sixth-ranked showjumper in the world ride in, and advocate? Royal Rider Stirrups ambassador, McLain Ward, says the Royal Rider Sport Flex stirrups are ideal for showjumping.

“They have stainless steel cables in the body of the stirrup, which are covered in technical rubber, allowing flexibility; they have a nice wide, ergonomic arch,” he explains.

“They help me achieve an optimum riding position, and allow me to balance as required for technical courses and jump offs. I do advocate riding with sufficiently short stirrups; they allow you to keep a light seat, and a secure lower leg.

Royal Rider Sport Flex stirrups are lightweight, but highly resistant…

“I ride with short stirrups, with my heel noticeably lower than my toe, as this acts as a shock absorber.

Royal Rider Sport Flex stirrups are lightweight, but highly resistant, with high structural integrity that’s vital when you’re contesting technical courses of showjumps.”

“Their flexibility also offers shock absorption, which is useful when you’re riding multiple horses! I would suggest avoiding using too much force to achieve this ‘ideal’ heel position, as this then stiffens the rider’s ankle joint, and reduces flexibility. The ‘heels down’ position should come naturally!”

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Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride at Carolina Horse ***
Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride explains why she loves the Royal Rider T3 stirrup

Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride is an American eventer, producer, trainer and eventing judge. She events under the Blue Clover Eventing banner.

We asked her for her top tips regarding stirrups:

Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride at Carolina Horse ***

Nowadays, the range of stirrups available on the market varies hugely.

It’s no longer a simple choice between your traditional stainless steel stirrup iron or a safety iron; now you can get all types, sizes and colours, with many highly engineered versions that aid position and balance,” she says.

“If safety is important to you, perhaps if you have a green horse, or you want something with a quick release design to allow your foot to freely release from the stirrup, you could consider the RR T3 stirrup from Royal Rider.”

(Above – Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride at the Carolina International CCI and Horse Trials.)

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