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Big Name Riders/Trainers. What Saddles Do They Ride In?

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  • Big Name Riders/Trainers. What Saddles Do They Ride In?

    I thought it would be interesting to find out what saddles big name riders/trainers ride in. I am interested in knowing who and what. I see saddle ads with endorsement by BNTs, but am not sure if they really ride the saddle or not. So, if anyone is a BNR or knows one and what saddle they ride in please chime in!

    Bates Isabelle-Isabelle Werth

  • #2
    I wasn't always a Smurf
    Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
    "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
    The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


    • #3
      well, from what i understand, BNTs ride in what they are paid to ride in - last i heard it was upwards of 10-20k!


      • Original Poster

        So, I think:

        Edward Gal-County
        Courtney King-Dye-County
        Heike Kemmer-Schleese
        Ashley Holzer-Luc Childeric
        Steffan Peters-Custom Saddlery


        • #5
          I know that at Steffen Peters barn they ride in Custom and Trilogy (I know this because his assistant recommended the Trilogy to me).
          On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog


          • #6
            Lars Peterson: Sommer

            Jim Koford: Sommer

            Shelly Francis: Sommer


            • #7
              Silva Martin L'Apogée
              Equine Art capturing the essence of the grace,strength, and beauty of the Sport Horse."


              • #8
                MBM has it right. Courtney used to ride in a Trilogy, Shelly in a Custom Saddlery, Heike in a Hennig. I'm sure all the others have switched around, too, depending on who was sponsoring them. Now, if I could just figure out how to get Trilogy to sponsor me...


                • #9
                  Betsy Steiner robert Dover and Anne Gribbons also ride in Counties
                  I wasn't always a Smurf
                  Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
                  "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
                  The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


                  • #10


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Halfling View Post
                      I see saddle ads with endorsement by BNTs, but am not sure if they really ride the saddle or not.
                      I bet the saddle company requires that they ride in the saddle brand they're endorsing.


                      • #12
                        County seems to be a popular saddle but as far as I can tell there are no NA reps?

                        "Simple: Breeding,Training, Riding". Wolfram Wittig.


                        • #13
                          Do keep in mind, that no who the maker is, that these are not your off-the peg-versions of these saddles. There is frequently a great deal of tweaking to fit the individual rider.
                          Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                          Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Donella View Post
                            County seems to be a popular saddle but as far as I can tell there are no NA reps?
                            Looks like they have taken their list of reps off their website but they do indeed have NA reps. You can contact them through their website linked above. They are havibg a 20% off demo sale at the moment. All 3 of my saddles were demos
                            I wasn't always a Smurf
                            Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
                            "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
                            The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


                            • #15
                              I have an older Grand Prix horse who's back is a little swayed. Mr. Schleese himself came out and fitted him with the HK. He used a machine to press the saddle into the exact dimensions of the horses back.

                              Was it expensive? Yep to the tune of $7000.

                              Was it worth it? Every single penny.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by carolprudm View Post
                                Betsy Steiner robert Dover and Anne Gribbons also ride in Counties
                                Although at one time Robert Dover must have ridden in Schlesse - they have a model named for him

                                Addriene Lyle, and Cesar Perra are sponsored by trilogy as was Debbie mcdonald


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by paintlady View Post
                                  I bet the saddle company requires that they ride in the saddle brand they're endorsing.
                                  Well I watched Cesar Perra and Olympia at NEDA Fall CDI and he was indeed riding in a trilogy. They have a brown and black model that is very distinctive


                                  • #18
                                    Here are the Custom Saddlery riders: http://www.mysaddle.com/MYSADD~3/TrainersRiders.html


                                    • #19
                                      I paid big bucks for a famous rider saddle from a big name company.

                                      A couple of years later, I clinicked with the famous rider and proudly told her I was riding in the saddle she designed. She actually laughed and told me that she hadn't really had much to do with the design of the saddle, that the company owner had approached her to ask if they could use her name, had given her money and several free saddles that she rode in briefly, and then gave them away, but that she much preferred riding in a different company's saddles, made in a totally different country.
                                      If it ain't broke- TRAIN IT!