I have a Collegiate Event Challenge (as opposed to their "Event" and "Senior Event" saddles). Collegiate doesn't make the saddle any more, but I bet you could pick one up for a reasonable price. Mine was about $750, and I'm very fond of it and have put a lot of miles on it. It is a very comfortable saddle with thigh blocks and a good knee roll. Took me through Training level no problem, and I do a lot of trail riding in it now and hunting too. I would look around and see if you can try one--Rick's Heritage is a good place to look.
I found a passier.. okay.. a friend found the passier, but it's exactly what i am looking for. It's on ebay and it looks narrow, but it measures the same as my Dressage saddle, so i went ahead and placed a bid! its well within what i was planning on spending so i am stoked. bidding ends today!! And it is black, which I love!
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Hope the Passier fits the bill...
Otherwise, I have an awesome and very secure Barney Brothers jumping saddle. These are built right, and aren't expensive to begin with, though they are high quality...they just aren't stylish for the show-ring hunter types, they're made for foxhunting in Ireland (hence the knee and thigh blocks). I'd think you could find one used, in good shape, for $500 or so.
Edited to add, my BB saddle fits a lot of different horses, much like the old Stubbens and Passiers do.
Last edited by Fillabeana; Jan. 25, 2011 at 03:46 PM.
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I have been looking for the same sort of saddle. Price range is bit more negotiable.
Then I discovered we had one in the tack room that fit the bill. Ugly has hell though. It was/is my husband's very first jumping saddle from the early 1990's It is a very old style Wintec model that they only made a limited number of. It is called a Blocker and has very pronounced blocks. Supposed it was deemed "too restrictive" though so I think that is why they didn't make many of them.
I have no idea where you could find one. I have searched, just for giggles, for them on line with no results.