I think the Centennial is the only one you can find "new" anymore and I know a few folks with this saddle and the quality of it is more than fine. The old ones were top of the line back in the day and well made saddles-- as long as you can find one that was well cared for, I would not hesitate to buy a 20 year plus Crosby.
I have two old Crosbys and they are great. I bought them used and they were in great condition then and have not needed any repairs in many years. They are comfortable for me and for the horses. Don't know about the quality of any newer ones though.
I have an old Crosby that I love dearly but sadly it does not fit my thbd. I would love to ride in it again. Don't know about the newer ones. I will say I have offered it up for others to try and anyone who is used to the newer saddles that ride more like couches has not liked it....too flat, no knee rolls...
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YAY old Crosbys! I have a 13 year old Crosby XL close contact saddle that I adore but have finally admitted defeat in the fact that I have out grown it. My Mom recently (2 or 3 years ago) bought a new Crosby SoftRide. GREAT saddle, she loves it and it has really helped improve her position. You can still buy these new (I know Dover caries them) and the quality is decent. I think Crosby went through a rough patch in the late 1990s into the 2000s when everything was being bought and sold. It use to be an English company and it was all good english leather, I believe that it may be Argentinian now. (I could be very wrong, but I think I recal hearing this.)
I had an old Crosby PDN that I had forever. It was still in great condition when I sold it. It was classic and beautiful and never had to have any repairs. Close contact is not favored right now though (in fact I dont know anyone that rides in a cc saddle), and once I started jumpers and doing larger fences I wanted the greater security of blocks and a deeper seat. I think the fact that I rode in close contact for so long growing up though has given me a secure leg and greater feeling for my horse that has stayed with me even after taking a break from riding for several years.
anyway, I would say that the old ones were made very well. I dont know a single thing about the new ones.
I have a 20 or so year old Crosby eventing saddle (NOT a mp, made for xc) that I really like but have outgrown. It has held up well and is still in good shape. I've used it on a very wide variety of horses and it fits most ok- the gullet is pretty high and the panels seem to be rather forgiving- on the very wide horses it is a bit narrow.
i have a older crosby made in england(dont know the model as most of the stamp is faded and not readable)i must have a wide tree version because mine i would say is compareable to todays med or med/wide trees
i love it! the seat is a bit big but i love how the flaps fit me.. im so short usually my stirrups barely go past the end of the flap and my knees end up over the knee padding/rolls but it fits me nice!
I have an old (15-20 years old) Soft Ride that I love and refuse to sell even though it totally doesn't fit my guy. The leather is great, everything's in pretty good condition except for one D ring that got torn off (thanks crazy project horse). I've ridden in a fair amount of oldies and some newer ones, and the older ones feel so much better to me. The balance on the new ones just doesn't feel right. But they do seem like very nice saddles otherwise.
It seems like you can always find someone that will say 'such and such a brand of saddle' is crap or they love it. (See Pessoa threads). I know several people in the barn that have newer Crosbys and they really like them. The quality has been fine too. The old ones are classic. My trainer still rides in a PDN to this day! Little too flat and hard for me!
Anyway, I recommend taking one on trial to see if it fits you and your horse. Keep us posted if you do!
I highly recommend the older models, as im sure someone has said already. The new ones are like cardboard. But we have one or two old ones as schoolie saddles in my barn, and they are really nice saddles.
My first saddle was an old flat as a pancake Crosby. I loved that thing to death. Great balance, support, and ride. The leather was really nice as well. If you can find a nice one used, they are always better than the new models.
Add me on to the list of Crosby saddle owners. Nevermind the fact that it hasn't been on a horse in oh, about 7 years. I just can't sell it, it was sooooooooo comfortable but it doesn't fit my big boy. My Bates Caprilli is about as close as I could come to matching the comfort level of my Crosby Sofride.
I'm another one who can't part with her old Crosby. Mine's a 1980 PDN and it's still in great shape, even after having been stuck in a closet for a number of years. I've got to admit, though, that I recently passed it down to my son and got myself a cushy French couch saddle, but I'm hoping that the great balance and close contact that you get from the old Crosbys will help him to develop a good seat and feel for his horse.
I LOVE older Crosbys! My #1 daughter has a 'younger' Centennial (2000 model i think) and it had a rough life before we got it, but it's still very nice. She briefly had a new Centennial that was an '03 model and it had orange leather that seemed painted. I didn't love it....