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Saddle Stitch News - 04/05/2019

April 5th, 2019
Four New SaddleFit 4 Life™ Graduates in Germany!
Congratulations to our four latest graduates and newly Certified Saddle Ergonomists: Sabine Huf, Maike Wessel, Dagmar König and Antje Rüscher! We welcome you to the SaddleFit 4 Life™ family and global network of equine professionals!
View the full post along with more photos of the trip in the Closing Stitches section below.
SFT Spotlight

This week’s featured Schleese Employee spotlight is on Connie Frantzke! Connie has a long history in the equine industry and has competed in the Canadian Dressage Championships in the 1980s. Connie has been with Schleese since 1991. She has been very involved with Saddlefit4Life for the last 5 years, and is now concentrating her talents as Western Regional Client Services Manager.

Read Connie’s full bio on our website:

Featured Schleese Ambassadors

This month’s Ambassador spotlight is on Dawn Weniger. Dawn has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals, and has ridden to the large tour CDI level. Firstview Farm purchased their first Schleese saddle almost 20 years ago and now have four! The Wenigers are a Schleese family. The Wenigers offer training, lesson and sales at their facility in Apex, NC.
For more information about Dawn Weniger visit

Rider Testimonial:
“I’m pleased to say my Obrigado is great! Milo is going better than ever and it has been even more amazing for my position. I no longer fight to keep my legs below me and my seat bones are always locked in position. No more adjusting my seat every few strides to feel my seat bones! I’m so pleased with the saddle and can’t thank you and Jochen enough!”

-Julianne Ozolins – Australia

Read the full testimonial on our website.
Where is Jochen?
In April Jochen will have only two speaking engagements – MidWest Horse Fair in Wisconsin the weekend of April 11-14, and then the Mane Event at the end of the month in Alberta.
April Birthdays 
This month we are wishing Crystal (3rd), Cathy (5th), Sabine (19th) and Marie-Claire (21st) a very happy birthday!
Quote of the Month


Closing Stitches
SaddleFit 4 Life™ Course in Germany
Check out these great photos captured during the latest SaddleFit 4 Life™ trip to Germany where four new Certified Saddle Ergonomists were trained and certified by German Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese! Congratulations to our four latest graduates: Sabine Huf, Maike Wessel, Dagmar König and Antje Rüscher.
Saddle Fitters On the Road!
Check out this great selfie taken with “Spotty” in Virginia during a saddle fit evaluation! Photo taken by Karen Jackson, SFT.
Check out these great photos of Stephanie Alvord with her new boy, just arrived from Germany, introducing the gorgeous Self Made, nickname Elf. Congrats Stephanie!! Stephanie is pictured riding in a Schleese Triumph but usually rides in an HK.
A lovely photo from Joanne Bonnell in Missouri- Urraca and her Prolight! Special thanks to Karen Jackson for sending in the photo!
Suzanne and Rimini, Alex and Ariel – trying out the Prolight dressage! At Hickory Tale Farm, New Jersey! 
“Our first sunny day working outside in the ring! Gorgeous!”- Karen Jackson, SFT
Destiny made a new friend at Coopersburg EQ!

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Testimonial from a client who responded to a post on Chronicle of the Horse Forums. Hate to say it, but 99.999% of all riders/trainers/vets/chiropractors have no idea whether a saddle fits or not- and Jochen Schleese has done the research and the innovation to determine what does fit. My 3 year old started to give me the same signs as this mare [bucking] - thank God I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by JS the next weekend and I then did quite a bit of investigating what he had to offer. I took the plunge and even with a loaner saddler in the interim the results are phenomenal. No more issues with my young horse, and my older horse who I was on the verge of retiring because of cascading soundness issues is now going better and sounder every single day- and doing work which he has never been able to do before. Of course, I was able to change the saddle on my young horse BEFORE he learned to defend himself by rearing and bucking and it became a habit. A new saddle is considerably cheaper than sending her somewhere to another "fixer" trainer.

— Madeline Zook, NV

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