I have the Cortina, which is the same as the DD but with a more shallow seat. I *love* my saddle. I have never had to deal with the CS so no help there. I bought mine from Ann @ Equestrian Imports and she is amazing. I have had it for almost 3 yrs, riding in the hot Florida sun, rain, dry, humid - it still looks new and just has some wear on the flaps. Wonderful saddle IF it fits you and the horse.
Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!
WONDERFUL! I Have had mine now for at least 8 years (and many of those years it was used on multiple horses a day). While it is starting to show some age you would never guess the age or use it has had. When the time comes I will be buying another. I find it extremely comfortable to ride in and it has never made a horse sore in the back (even horses that it is really too wide for – I just add an extra pad).
About a year after I bought the saddle a friend borrowed it and her young horse flipped over with it on (no rider on), in a freak accident. The saddle was really badly damaged (broken tree, scraped leather , the seat was folded completely over etc.). I phoned the rep I bought it from and talked to them about getting it fixed, then I shipped it to them and they shipped it back to Italy. I remember it was over Christmas holidays so it took a little longer but within about two months I had my saddle back with new tree, seat, billets etc (and a new warrantee) and including shipping it was around $500 out of pocket. The rep also arranged for me to have a demo saddle to use while mine was away being fixed. That is what I call customer service! I understand that not all of the Amerigo’s are actually made in Italy anymore – so check that out- but I would not hesitate to buy one that was from the Italian manufacturer.
Last edited by Equistar; Dec. 4, 2010 at 09:47 AM.