Italian showjumping rider Lorenzo De Luca tells us why he loves Royal Rider stirrups

Lorenzo De Luca is currently ranked 19th in the world, and 11th in the FEI Jumping World Cup standings. “In terms of stirrups, I use a range from the Italian brand Royal Rider, including the Royal Rider T3, which has an offset shape, allowing the foot to free itself quickly in the event of a fall. The entire Royal Rider range is designed with the rider in mind, for optimum performance and with good safety features,” he says.

Lorenzo de luca likes the Royal Rider T3 stirrup, which has an offset shape, allowing the foot to free itself quickly in the event of a fall. Photo by Massimo Argenziano“The T3 is a safety stirrup, but really does enhance rider positioning and balance too. It is key when you’re jumping higher fences that you are perfectly balanced, whatever stride the horse is on. I personally ride with a slightly longer stirrup length than some riders, and it works well for me and my height. I like to be able to get my bodyweight over the wither to allow perfect balance when jumping, and a highly engineered stirrup like Royal Rider allows me to keep the ideal lower leg position.

Adjustability in the canter

We asked Lorenzo for his top tip, in terms of moving a horse up the showjumping levels, and he says having adjustability in the canter is key.You need to be able to move the horse around in the canter, and have some adjustability of pace.”

“For example you need to be able to take a slower, more collected canter, and then release the energy when a surge of power is needed, without losing the balance from the hindquarters,” he explains. “It should feel as the rider as if you have sufficient, ‘contained’ power at your disposal. Your aids and body movements help the horse set up for the fence, whatever the height.”

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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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