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Mimi Stanley Excelling in Dressage

ByJohnny Mangano|April 6th, 2016

The Olympic stage is many athlete’s pinnacle. For Mimi Stanley, it’s no different. Her sport may be though. Mimi competes in dressage and has won competitions around the country. Dressage is in the Olympics and measures how well you have trained your horse in different exercises. Mimi is so good at it, she recently got a sponsorship from Schleese, a world renowned saddle making company

(Mimi Stanley, dressage champion)
“It really is a confidence boost, that’s a great way of saying it. To be a company where I believe in their product so much and how much difference they make for the horse and rider, I’m just thrilled and it’s a great feeling. What drew me to it was the precision, I’m kind of a detail oriented person. You develop a great relationship with the horse. It’s increasing more and more communication,”

Not only did Mimi get a big sponsorship, she got a new horse. A mare was flown in from Germany a few weeks ago and as Mimi tries to get her adjusted, her main horse, Holeandra, will just have to deal with it.

“It does have its complications because my current mare-she’s a bit of a jealous type. Since she’s the main horse, she’s kind of the queen. My young mare is very engaging but she doesn’t have quite such opinions yet. We’ll see how it develops. it kind of develops as they get older,”

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Ever since sitting in my new Schleese Triumph saddle for the first time in March 2018 I've wanted to write a testimonial of the  significant changes that have taken place in my riding and how my horses are going. I felt the changes immediately when I test rode the Triumph. Both of my horses I mainly ride are 14.1 and 14.3 hands, have short backs and small saddle support areas. I was thrilled to know there was a saddle that fit us all. So many dressage saddles I saw advertised were designed for large, wide backs which wasn't going to work for my Spanish Barbs. Think small Lusitano type build. Within the first 5 minutes, literally, of riding in my new Triumph, my horses back came up right under my seat, his trot easily became loftier and lighter than ever before. For me, I realized in another 5 minutes, I could focus more on my horse now and not on trying to retain a certain position. Unbeknownst to me I had been using a lot of focus on my position and where all my body parts needed to be. I have struggled to hold my leg underneath me for as long as I can remember, but a few laps around the arena I didn't have to even think about my position any longer and could just focus on how my horse felt. I just fell into place. You can probably imagine how happy that made my horse! Happy horse, happy human! Over the last 6 weeks I have made such progress in my development as a rider  and my horse has progressed just as quickly. It has given me confidence which has filtered over to my horses. This last week I spent 4 days away taking lessons with an international Working Equitation judge and competed in my first Working Equitation show. I felt like I have never ridden so well and my horse has never been so on the aids and happy in his work. I can honestly say I believe the changes all have to do with my new saddle. Both physical and mental. I have to mention as well that I had glamour options of a tooled half moon and carmel colored welting added which I love! The Schleese saddle pad which came with my saddle is my favorite pad and I plan on ordering more. The saddle is a piece of art in my opinion. I ride proudly in it. I have now convinced two of my students to attend fitting clinics this month. I am a believer of Schleese and all that the company has to offer. Attached is a photo of myself and my horse Morado from our recent lesson trip. Thank you for providing such a great product!

— Stephanie Lockhart, Johnson, VT

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