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  • Stubben Imperator

    Hi, folks, I've never posted on the hunting forum before, but I've heard that the Stubben Imperator is a popular saddle for hunting. While browsing for something else, I came across this beautiful saddle which strikes me as something too good to pass up for someone who might be looking. I will only add that I am not selling this saddle nor do I know anything about the seller. I just thought that it looked gorgeous. The person has advertised it as a close-contact which may be why it has only one bid.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/17-UNUSED-ST...item2c6951bfa7
    I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    That is an insanely good deal!

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    • #3
      Have to say that I love my Imperator even though I don't hunt. This one looks virtually untouched by human hands, and it seems to be one of the original made in Germany ones (which I gather are the best made--like mine).

      Somebody is going to get a real deal there.

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      • #4
        Be still my heart!!

        Oh goodness. Not in the market, but be still my heart!!

        I have to tell you that the Imperator is one of my fave saddles. Great fit for horse, soooooo secure and comfy for the rider. I have one here and anyone who has ever sat in it was like "WHAT saddle is THIS???? WOW!!!"

        And if you darken the orange part (Mine is a deep chocolate brown with the black trim) it easily goes right into the hunter ring and looks fabulous, but yet with that black trim also matches a black dressage bridle for the dressage phase if you are eventing.

        I am a Stubben fan in general (and like a lot of other saddle brands as well, actually) but the Imperator is a standout!!

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        • #5
          That is one I wanted back in the Sixties! Does this one have the rubber seat and flap inserts? Supposed to be really grippy for a day's hunting. Very handsome saddle--wonder why the seller has never used it? Must have had it quite a long time, they're not made anymore.

          I love the style of it.
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          • #6
            You can still buy Imperators, I believe. I have seen them new for around $2200 (pounds?) in British catalogs.... recently, I think...

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            • #7
              I've ridden in a Stubben Lowengrin for over 40 years - three different saddles - and that is the same saddle without the two tone black. I've never had a saddle I liked as much for eventing or foxhunting and I even showed hunters in one, back in the day.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by headsupheelsdown View Post
                You can still buy Imperators, I believe. I have seen them new for around $2200 (pounds?) in British catalogs.... recently, I think...
                I think I read some place that they are only available by special order. I hope this one gets a good home.

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                • #9
                  I have one of these and love it! Mine is older, German made and has water buffalo, not rubber (I think its WB anyhow).

                  Someone got a great deal!
                  "look deep into his pedigree. Look for the name of a one-of-a-kind horse who lends to his kin a fierce tenacity, a will of iron, a look of eagles. Look & know that Slew is still very much with us."

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                  • #10
                    I enjoyed mine, but it didn't fit either of my horses too well. Ended up on a Smith-Worthington that fit both girls much better; now the Imperator is collecting dust waiting for a horse that might fit it..
                    Nudging "Almost Heaven" a little closer still...
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                    • #11
                      Just got an ancient second hand one, made in Germany. Fit my horse the best out of half a dozen saddles I tried and is comfy for me.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sisu27 View Post
                        I have one of these and love it! Mine is older, German made and has water buffalo, not rubber (I think its WB anyhow).

                        Someone got a great deal!
                        Does the water buffalo (or whatever) have a texture with lines to it, mainly in the brown area? I think that's what mine might have--mine was made in Germany (it was the prize at AJQHA Finals in Tulsa OK in 1974 according to the name plate).

                        Love it. And to think that I almost sold it until I tried it on my present horse and everything clicked.

                        Hope that saddle got a good home and everyone is happy with it.

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                        • #13
                          I found my Imperator collecting dust in someone's garage, when two-tone leather was not "in", so I got it for $250!

                          Love it, used it for all 3 phases of eventing up through Prelim until I found I dressage saddle I could afford.

                          Has fit all my TB's well, and fit my friends ID/TB too. Great saddle! I think mine is 30 yrs old, if it falls apart I'm going to be very blue -

                          Would have bid on that one as a backup, but looks like it sold for $800.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by betonbill View Post
                            Does the water buffalo (or whatever) have a texture with lines to it, mainly in the brown area? I think that's what mine might have--mine was made in Germany (it was the prize at AJQHA Finals in Tulsa OK in 1974 according to the name plate).

                            Love it. And to think that I almost sold it until I tried it on my present horse and everything clicked.

                            Hope that saddle got a good home and everyone is happy with it.
                            I think that is the black part??? It is very stiff and yes textured leather (the black part and the underflap) so I assumed that was the water buffalo part.

                            I'm really not sure. I hunted in mine a couple days ago though and got some compliments! It was also still comfy by hour 4! I'd love another.
                            "look deep into his pedigree. Look for the name of a one-of-a-kind horse who lends to his kin a fierce tenacity, a will of iron, a look of eagles. Look & know that Slew is still very much with us."

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                            • #15
                              this one showed up on craigslist today :
                              http://baltimore.craigslist.org/grd/3392414017.html
                              Ride a draft - it will make your butt look smaller !!!

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                              • #16
                                I have an Imperator dressage saddle from Germany and I have only seen one other one. I recall DROOLING over the Imperators in the H. Kauffman catalog in the early '70's--I can still recall the wording about the Testa de Diavolo leather. I have owned and hunted in them since. Wonderful saddles. I see them in the hunt field with some frequency. I think they're an excellent choice.

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                                • #17
                                  I know this thread is old, but would anyone like to help me price a Stubben Imperator

                                  I have an old one, not sure of the story, It's an A series and I can take pics tomorrow. It's an oldie, but in pretty good shape. For the life of me, I can't find ANY info for pricing it on the interwebs!!!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Truman90 View Post
                                    I have an old one, not sure of the story, It's an A series and I can take pics tomorrow. It's an oldie, but in pretty good shape. For the life of me, I can't find ANY info for pricing it on the interwebs!!!
                                    I would guess somewhere between $300 and $600 depending on the condition and size. A medium or medium wide in a 17- 18 seat that won't need new billets or restuffing would be on the high end.

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