Alex Hua Tian

Alex Hua Tian, born on 25 October 1989 in London, is the only Chinese equestrian who competes at an international level. He began riding when four years old and midway through 2008 obtained 21st place in the world rankings. This is what Alex said to us about himself and about Prestige.

"I'm proud to say that we have had an exceptional year! My girlfriend and I moved into new premises with stables just outside Manchester and at the same time we took part in three international championships. In March we introduced a new horse into the team, a veteran of the CCI4*, Harbour Pilot C, nicknamed Pye. It was bought by my dear friend and backer, Edwina Qu Ye, so that I could take part in the World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Whoever, at that time, would have thought that the challenge was not to qualify for the WEG but to find the right saddle for the horse?

Over a two-month period, thanks to advice from the specialists at Prestige - and from Caroline Wilde our saddle fitter at retailer Sports Horse Services, a Prestige stockist - we created a made-to-measure saddle for Harbour Pilot's 'hump back' or 'shark's fin'.

As far as I'm concerned, the fact that we found the right saddle for my horse Pye, highlights the full value of Prestige's products. From the time that Caroline saw the profile of Pye's spine up to when he galloped out of the starting gate at the World Equestrian Games, Prestige took this challenge on board and saw just how important it was, for Pye and for me, that everything was perfect!"