Because of demand Wellep Equestrian International (UK) have introduced into their range of equestrian products a
state of the art carbon fibre half tree incorporating their unique and patented Wellep
Infinitely Variable Headplate System for use in race and race exercise saddles/pads.
Unlike all other previously made half trees, be they wood, nylon or metal the Wellep
carbon half tree is the first high technology, high pressure injection moulded tree ever produced and leads the world in the science of tree construction.
The benefits of an injection moulded tree are many, the
four most important being:
This method of manufacture allows the use of the large
variety of readily available high tech materials and thus the ability to continually update.
Speed of production and thus saving manufacturing costs.
High quality and a constant product.
The ability to vary the degree of flexion in the tree.
The three primary advantages for a carbon fibre tree are:
Uniformity of shape.
The ultimate weight/strength ratio is achievable.
Readily available weight variations.
The materials chosen for the Wellep composite half tree are either Ultramid T
carbon fibre or Verton long fibre a second generation high performance product.
Ultramid® T Carbon Fibre is a BASF trade name for a carbon fibre reinforced material with good resistance to temperature aging.
Verton® Long Fibre is an ICI Plc trade name for a range of long fibre reinforced thermoplastics which offer an outstanding combination of engineering properties.
A summary of the properties of these fibres in this application are:
Better impact resistance plus higher stiffness.
Enhanced properties at elevated temperatures.
Impact retention at low temperatures.
Enhanced fatigue and creep performance.
Safer impact failure mode.
When the benefits of the advanced materials described are combined with the design of the Wellep
composite half tree the result is the lightest (between 6oz and 24oz depending on
specifications) and the strongest tree on the market. Naturally the Wellep Infinitely Variable System
is incorporated in every tree.
The Wellep engineers have not only taken great care in the choice of material used but meticulous attention has been paid to the design and shape of the
half tree. Much of the final result was achieved by using the latest aids in computer
aided design which played a major part in producing what is believed to be the perfect shape for a half tree in relationship to the conformation of a horse's back.
For the first time the girth attachment points and the stirrup bars are aligned and are an integral part of the tree, with the result that all the
'pull' from these two points are in line and directly over the withers of the horse, the ideal position, but until now un-achievable. This results in the tree, in combination with the adjustment facility, lying securely and evenly on the horse and without the usual tendency of tilting which occurs with other half trees.
U.S.A. PATENT NO: 4996827. EUROPEAN PATENT NO: 0326376. GERMAN PATENT NO: P68900305.6. AUSTRALIAN PATENT NO: 6140283. AUSTRIAN PATENT NO: E68163. CANADIAN PATENT NO: 1317113. OTHER WORLD PATENTS PENDING.
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VERTON is the Registered Trade Mark of ICI Plc. ULTRAMID T is the Registered Trade Mark of BASF.