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Saddle Stitch News - 09/05/2019

September 5th, 2019
Win a Free Saddle Fit Evaluation Promotion

This month we are launching a new giveaway for Ontario Riders within a 1-hour drive from Newmarket, Local riders currently riding on NON-Schleese saddles can enter to WIN a FREE Saddle fit evaluation by visiting the link below.Not located in Ontario? Keep Watch for your local area in the future. Schleese will be targeting other areas in the coming months. Keep watch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a location near you!

SaddleFit4Life® CEE Online Courses Now Available!

SaddleFit4Life has just launched it’s online courses for riders interested in taking their knowledge of saddle fit to the next level. Courses range from free courses, short courses all the way to our certificate program! Visit the link below to learn more about the courses and to sign up today!
Featured Schleese Ambassador
This month’s featured Schleese Ambassador is Anna Weniger! Congratulations Anna on placing 6th overall in the 2019 Brentina Cup National Championship! We are so happy to have you as a Schleese Ambassador and are proud of be a part of your team!
Read Anna’s bio on our website:
SFT Spotlight

This month we are featuring Matt Hirons as our SFT Spotlight. Matt grew up with horses on his parents’ farm where they bred, raised and trained about 100 horses over the years. He spent much of his childhood riding in all disciplines, working with Welsh ponies, Arabians, quarter horses, thoroughbreds and warm bloods. Matt believes each horse has a purpose and a life path. Whether it’s a calm gentle being taken care of a child, or a free spirit spitfire with wings on his feet that can jump a 6 foot fence. It is Matt’s goal to make every horse he comes in contact with happy and comfortable. Matt says “There’s no greater gift than seeing the improvement in the horse after its saddle has been properly fitted.” Matt is based in Central California and has been with Schleese for 15 years.

Read more about Matt and our other saddle fitters on our website. Link posted below and in our bio.

Rider Testimonial:
I want to thank the staff for their professionalism at my saddle fitting.  I had such a great learning experience.  The information was presented in a clear manner and all of my questions answered.  I also am amazed at the quick follow up to make sure I was happy with my saddle.  The technology used to build and design these saddles is mind blowing.  My saddle fits my horse so well and I have never been this comfortable riding in my life.  I know my horse is so grateful every time I put the saddle on and off.  Horsemanship has been my life passion and I can not stress enough how this saddle has changed my life.  I would encourage anyone to have a fitting to access a saddle you own or to purchase a Schleese saddle for the comfort of yourself and especially for your horse. Thank you so much!
-Ginny Bell – Treadwell, NY
Read the full testimonial on our website.
Where is Jochen?
August was a relatively quiet month for Jochen, with only one New England trip together with Karen and Chris M. However – the exciting news is that the Saddlefit 4 Life online academy is now live at! Sonja Gagnon has done a fantastic job to get this project delivered on time!
PBS was up from the US filming us and the Irwins for a short educational vignette introduced by Laurence Fishburne for one of their ‘interval fillers’ on August 7. After returning from his trip to New England, Jochen was a guest lecturer at Guelph for the ISES conference (International Society for Equitation Sciences) – well received to many accolades to the 200+ attendees despite the extremely hot weather!
August also saw Sabine competing in the Can Am Dance Championships in Toronto (renewed hobby for the Schleese family!) where she won in both rhythm and smooth categories. (View photo in “Closing Stitches”)
September is the start to slowly ramping up for the insane travel schedule of the fall; Jochen and Miriam will be heading to Florida on a public relations trip from Sept 5-9, and then the Ontario intensive Equine Ergonomist course begins at home, together with Murielle from California as TA, and Sonja as course coordinator. Jochen heads to Germany for a short trip Sept 20-25 to certify some more Saddle Ergonomists there, and then end of the month he will be back home for a few days.
September Birthdays 
This month we are wishing Keith (1st) and Kyle (2nd) a very happy birthday!
Quote of the Month


Closing Stitches
Sabine competing at the Can Am Dance Championships in Toronto. She won in both rhythm and smooth categories! Congratulations, Sabine!
Saddle Fitters On the Road!
Kat and Waterfall in Missouri, improving every single ride in their Obrigado with PSI. Learn more below:
Nigel has an important auditor!
Congratulations to Jackie Ahl-Eckhaus on achieving the title of highest placed US-bred horse in the 4-Year-Old division with Kitalis MVS. We are so proud to be part of your team!
Caledon Dressage Show – Ontario, Canada
Julia and Mackenzie had a blast at the Caledon Dressage show in Ontario this past weekend! View photos below.
International Society for Equine Sciences (ISES) conference – Ontario, Canada

Check out these great photos from Jochen’s presentation and the Schleese booth at the International Society for Equine Sciences (ISES) 2019 conference at the University of Guelph. Schleese sponsored SaddleFit4Life for the event and Jochen spoke about saddle fit to a very captive audience.

Please send your photos, stories and experiences to and join our internal Facebook group*
*First ‘Friend Request’ Jochen Schleese’s personal Facebook page, so that Michelle J. Powell can add you to the group. Only Schleese employees, CEEs and ISFs can belong to this group.
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I have been riding, competing, and studying dressage for 40 years. I was very impressed when I first sat in the Schleese Obrigado saddle. I can easily say, that this saddle is the best saddle I have ridden in. I have ridden in numerous saddles over the many years, and none compare to the Schleese. The Obrigado provides complete shoulder freedom for my horse. This saddle made my mare feel like she had an easier time coming up through her shoulders and withers. I felt like I was sitting into the horse, rather than on top of a saddle. I felt closer to my horse. It kept me where I was suppose to be, yet I didn't feel boxed in. The Obrigado is impeccably made, and not one detail was missed. The attractiveness and comfort is unparalleled to any other saddle I have sat in. The Obrigado is the saddle of a lifetime and this is the saddle of choice for me!

— Kim Deaton-Iwen - De Pere, WI

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