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"...professional, passionate and helped me understand my horse's measurements..."

Hi , Just a quick note to say how pleased I am with my recent saddle fitting with the Julia [Dixon-Curtis] and Alexa [Frye]. They were on time, professional, passionate and helped me understand how my horse’s measurements have changed over the 2 years of using a Schleese saddle. Dillon's shoulders have gotten more even and have put on more muscle. They adjusted the pommel and reflocked it as my Quarter horse mare is built very downhill and the saddle adjustment, though perhaps minor, makes a major difference in the way I sit and greatly improved my comfort. I enjoyed trying the new Western saddle although right now I need to help my daughter purchase another car but we did write down all the particulars for  a future purchase.  

Susanne Fiori - Fleetwood, PA

May 31, 2017

"I am beyond DELIGHTED with my new saddle."

I just want to tell you, and please relay the information to Alexa and Julia who were out at Tundra’s this week, that I am beyond DELIGHTED with my new saddle—the prototype pony saddle.   I don’t know if they told you, but my heretofore sluggish pony, Penny, bolted forward!  I almost thought she was spooked.  But the energy has continued, and even my barn manager noticed a difference in her demeanor!  Her walk is freer, her trot is lovely, and her canter — well, I have to work on getting used to this new speed! Thank you very very much!

Leslie Lowery - Long Island, NY

May 20, 2017

""Obrigado!" ; ) Thank You!"

"Obrigado!" Thank you! Love my new Obrigado! I was very happy to find out it was much lighter in weight than my Wave :) Thank you!

Gay Hisert - Schenectady, NY

May 19, 2017

"30th Anniversary Saddle Giveaway Winner - Leslie Anderson and Ziggy"

I am writing to thank CDS (California Dressage Society) and Schleese Saddlery for the CDS 50th Anniversary Saddle Spectacular Raffle. I was thrilled to be the winner of the Schleese saddle which was fitted and delivered to me February 17 [2017].  Jochen spent several hours educating me on the importance of proper saddle fit.  He began by watching me ride in my old saddle then taking the saddle off, he used colored chalk on my horse to explain how a saddle is fit according to the horse's anatomy. Then he sat me on a saw horse to check my position and how my leg hung naturally. I was measured for saddle size then I rode in a demo saddle which required only a minor adjustment. The change in my horse's gait was amazing with more shoulder freedom and more 'step under himself' with ease.  My position changed into a more upright position and my leg hung naturally without any effort from me in placement.  I loved the demo saddle and took it with me the same day. The experience with Jochen and his team was very educational and a complete pleasure. I look forward to our next saddle fitting session and I continue to be thrilled with my new Obrigado saddle! Best regards,

Leslie Anderson - Walnut Creek, CA

May 1, 2017

"The difference the saddle has made for him is amazing. His lateral work, shoulders and back end are so free now."

30 Years of Schleese Saddle Giveaway Winner... “On behalf of the Thoroughbred Retirement Network of Louisiana, I’d like to extend our warmest thanks for such a fabulous saddle. We are beyond thrilled to have received the new Wave dressage saddle to use on our off-tracks. 'Stormin’ Eddie is heading off to Pensacola, Florida this weekend for another recognized dressage show. The difference the saddle has made for him is amazing. His lateral work, shoulders + back end are so free now. We’ve also included a picture of a few of his awards last year from the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program. Again- we are so grateful to have been selected to receive such an incredible training and riding tool. It will be with us for a very long time.”

Cindy D'Atrio, Director of the Thoroughbred Retirement Newtwork of Louisiana

April 20, 2017

"30th Anniversary Saddle Giveaway - Winner Winnie Stott and Spring Song of Ontario"

First of all it was amazing to be a recipient of a saddle. I can still hardly believe it! Although I’ve only had the saddle for a short time I have noticed some things:
  1. It’s comfortable, it puts me in an excellent position and it doesn’t weigh a ton. I’m able to easily lift it onto my six-year-old mare who is over 16.1hh.
  2. My mare, Spring Song, moves beautifully in the saddle and loves it. No histrionics while saddling her. Just a sweet look and a mare ready to go for a ride.
  3. My riding coach pointed out the saddle’s gullet. It’s wide and comfortable for Spring Song.
  4. A friend who knows his way around saddles helped me fine-tune the adjustment on Spring Song. This was easy to do because of the webbing adjustment on both sides at the back of the saddle.
  5. He pointed out that the tree is adjustable, too. Yippee!
  6. Although Spring Song doesn’t have a long back (or a short one) it’s a relief that my new saddle isn’t too long. Length is most certainly a deal breaker (or maker!).
  7. In the past thirty years we’ve experienced with each of our horses the arduous search for the right saddle at various stages of each horse’s training and life. This translated to five saddles in 20 years for one Thoroughbred and three saddles in nine years for each of our two Lusitanos. With the adjustable capabilities of the Schleese saddle I’m looking forward to a lifetime of comfort for Spring Song. No saddle hunting for her!
Winnie Stott

Winnie Stott - King City, Ontario

April 9, 2017

"Colby's Army selected as a winner in Schleese's 30th Anniversary Saddle Giveaway!"

"I couldn't believe it," said Colby's Army lead instructor Kim Coleman Light. "For almost a year I'd been trying to get my rider to sit up with her legs underneath her and as soon as she sat in the Schleese saddle, mission accomplished. All of sudden I have a rider who is advancing much faster. What a difference a Schleese saddle can make!" Kim Coleman

Kim Coleman and Lisa Wysocky - Nashville, TN

February 24, 2017

"Our rescued horses have made such a drastic improvement since riding in your saddles!"

Dear Jochan Schleese and Staff, I am very grateful for what you have done and can’t begin to thank you enough for all your patience, wise council, good humor and support.  Your team has always been reliable, approachable, efficient and knowledgeable. I have found your entire group to be professional and proficient in all aspects of your work.  You are supportive and empowering, allowing me to excel in the things I love most.   I really appreciate all of your encouragement and guidance every step of the way. As always, I am impressed with every encounter and personal service your company has offered.  I will forever be grateful for the way you have personally dealt with me, my horses, and all of my concerns.  You have provided us with such great appeal, dedication, creativity, exceptional skills and an amazing ability to connect with your clients!  The service and personal attention is extraordinary! Your timing and quality have always met my expectations and your communication is always done in a professional manner.  You have proven to be creative in problem resolution and overall consistent in meeting our expectations.  The work was above and beyond what I could have expected.  I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the level of detail that comes with your experience.  Many thanks for all you do, your help, advice, and for looking after us.  Without this we would be at a complete loss.  I am so very thankful for being chosen to win your 30-year anniversary saddle.  Our rescued horses have made such a drastic improvement since riding in your saddles! I look forward to many more years working with you. Sincerely, Melissa Verga Harris

Melissa Verga Harris - Hudson, FL

Feb 24, 2017

"I have been riding in Schleese saddles for at least 20 years!"

I have been riding in Schleese saddles for at least 20 years. When I bought my first horse I rode in a second hand JES and when I got a "real job" and a new horse I purchased a slightly used Wave. Having a Schleese was just the right thing to do for me and my horse, and the frequent fittings were part of the scheme of developing a horse and doing right by them. I searched and tried many different brands, semi-custom, custom, shoulder freedom, wider gullets etc., etc.  If it looked good for the horse, it felt horrible to me, if it was comfortable for me, it couldn't fit the horse.  Eventually I tried out an Obrigado saddle and REALLY liked it. In cold, horrible weather, at the end of a long day at Lamplight, Julia Dixon-Curtis and Alexa Frye cheerfully let me try saddle after saddle, discussed the best options in less expensive models and talked about ways to modify my current saddle.  It really went on and on, and those two positive, helpful, encouraging women just supplied me with information, said nice things about my horse (it helps!), let me 'hem and haw' and ask 10, 000 questions.  I felt like an important client with a crucial but difficult decision to make.  At NO time did I feel pressured, or demonized for saying that considering the $ to my family vs what was best for my horse might be a legitimate consideration.  I now have a custom wonderful Obrigado that fits me and my horse wonderfully. It was VERY much worth the price and a saddle that I do believe I can grow old with.  It is beautifully made, with details that suited me and my horse. Those two are wonderful representatives of your company, they are easy to work with, very knowledgeable and a perfect combination as a team.  Your company has very strongly shaped my whole adult horse riding life.  I am a very educated consumer thanks to all  my years of watching saddle fitting and riding in your [Schleese] saddles.

Paula Smeltekop - Mount Prospect, IL

January 10, 2017

"If anyone deserves a Schleese saddle it's the horse. And I mean every horse!"

If anyone deserves a Schleese saddle it's the horse. And I mean every horse. The dressage champion as much as the trail king and everything in between. I learned that last year and I will tell you how. My friends daughter has a very sensitive Thoroughbred that she events with. George is handsome, a great jumper and... and absolute horror to tack up. He was twisting under every saddle like an eel. Gnashing his horrible teeth and- you get the picture. I recommended to look for a new saddle and that Schleese might help. The fitting was a nightmare! George was fussing and fighting. Turns out that he has a very short back. So short in fact, that none of the demo saddles even worked. My friend decided to order a new Schleese. It was like a miracle! After using it for a short time, George started to relax while tacking up. No more snapping and eye rolling. The muscle spasms in his back stopped, and he started to enjoy petting and scratches. He is not perfect, and probably never will be after years of ill fitting saddles, but he is better. Why would I deserve a Schleese? My horse Radar would love it. I have a dressage Schleese that my guy loves. Now I think, he would really deserve a jumping one, to continue being a happy horse. George was our example of how this saddle works and why we believe in the brand. Thanks

Kathi Menner - Elmira, NY

December 13, 2016
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Natalie: I just wanted to let you know that MiMi had a chiropractic appointment with Andria Cogswell last night. The new saddle has made a HUGE difference- she had no soreness or trigger point at all anywhere in her back- wonderful! Andria even asked to see the saddle on her and deemed it perfect!

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