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The Tech Equestrian

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SEAVER: The Next Generation of Performance & Health Measurement

SEAVER: The Next Generation of Performance & Health Measurement

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PARIS, France: There are many intelligent and sophisticated riders looking for new ways to measure their performance goals. As is the case with Zakaria Antar, CEO and co-founder of Seaver, a former semi-professional rider who used to train with Abdelkebir Ouaddar. “I realized that aside from trusting my coach, there was no precise and scientific way for me to measure my progress,” explained Zakaria. Luckily with technology becoming more accessible and part of our culture, he found a way to monitor progress, performance, and most importantly his horses’ well-being through a product he co-founded called Seaver. After three years in development, Seaver’s first product was launched in April 2018.

Developed for Riders, by Riders
“The connected girth is the core product and is supported by a large network of professional and amateur riders, a team that keeps growing,” Zakaria shared. His network not only helps spread the word about the product but it combines several areas of expertise to offer the equine market the best product possible.

“Seaver allows riders to monitor their horse’s performance and physical condition during training,” said Zakaria. Seaver devices are aimed at all riders, including professionals in show jumping, cross-country, dressage and endurance to monitor exercising, competition and measure their horses’ health. Amateur riders use Seaver devices to get an overview of their own improvement as well as the one of their horse. 

Zakaria outlined the four values Seaver is focused on:

-       Listening: Learn to better understand your horse through our product

-       Progression: Data driven insights to help riders progress

-       Innovation: Aid the equestrian industry through the benefits of technology

-       Passion: Enhance and improve the horse/rider relationship

Pictured is the Seaver connected girth sleeve.

Pictured is the Seaver connected girth sleeve.

Synchronized Digital Training
“Our many features, such as heart rate, symmetry and jump data among many others, offer a comprehensive view of the horse and supports rider intuition with concrete data,” pointed out Zakaria. Riders will be able to properly organize their training sessions, work on their horse’s balance, maximize their performance, prevent health issues such as lameness, and adjust their horses’ diet. The ability to monitor heart rate during training and studying the evolution of the horse’s symmetry over several sessions, alerts the rider to the slightest anomaly and the ability to react to the situation sooner and faster.

In the near future, Seaver plans to release five new “big” features that will compliment the original product. “We are also working on developing new connected products related to the health and performance of the horse during training,” he added. The product is also available in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

A multitude of features for each discipline.

A multitude of features for each discipline.

The Seaver System
You can choose from two Seaver type devices – the girth (@$749) or the Quick Star girth sleeve ($399). The Seaver app is free for all users and updates itself automatically, so you will receive real-time updates on new releases. It is available in several languages and is suitable for most smart phones, including iOS and Android. Data can be shared with your trainer, friends, or your vet and each user can register several horses in their account and use one device with each horse. 

Seaver stud girth.

Seaver stud girth.

Seaver girth sleeve on girth.

Seaver girth sleeve on girth.

Backed by Amateurs & Professionals
“We launched an ambassador program during our Kickstarter campaign and have worked closely alongside these ambassadors (amateurs and professionals) from the beginning,” said Zakaria. The products have gone through many rounds of testing and Seaver welcomes comments and feedback from this team to help improve on design and functionality. “Today we work hand in hand with many renowned riders interested in our products such as Grégory Wathelet, Thierry Rozier or Donatien Schauly,” cited Zakaria.

Seaver booth stand.

Seaver booth stand.

Showtime with Seaver
Seaver appears at many events throughout the year in France and abroad (US, UK, Germany) to showcase their product at horse shows and international events mainly focused on jumping and eventing - Equita Longines, Paris Horse Show, Bordeaux International Jumping to name a few. 

The Tech Benefits for Horse & Rider
“Technology is a wonderful addition to the horse world for not only helping improve performance, but it brings a whole new dimension to the horse/rider relationship,” said Zakaria. “By improving the horses’ wellbeing, as well as being able to understand them better will definitely help the relationship between horse and rider,” he concluded.

“The tremendous technological advancements in recent times have also increased the use of connected objects incorporated in our day-to-day activities,” said Zakaria. “It’s exciting to see more technologies coming into the horse world that allow us to be better connected, to know our horses better and to be more efficient.”

Seaver is headquartered in Paris, France
Seaver Website
Facebook: @Seaverhorse
Instagram: @seaverhorse
Twitter: @SeaverHorse
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