Model: A/O (have 3, one older "original" made in England & 2 newer)
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: Bought the "made in England" one new from local tack shop, paid around $2000 for saddle and all fittings. Bought the newer ones on Ebay, one for $800 and the other for $900. The England-made one was bought to show AQHA hunter under saddle and equitation, the newer ones were bought one for a work saddle and the other a second show saddle (to avoid tack changes for 2nd horse).
Likes: I LOVE THE PESSOA. I demo'ed several other brands before buying the 2 newer ones, since I had heard negative things about the new leather Pessoa was using after moving the plant from England. However, nothing compared with the wide cushy seat in comfort and security, and the position the saddle puts you in for equitation. Also love the leather, all 3 saddles look like new. Top notch show quality saddles.
Dislikes: There is really nothing I dont like about them. I dont think I would ever buy anything but a Pessoa. We show at the highest level and I do not feel I need any other saddle.
Quality: Right after the plant moved they changed leather, and had trouble with seat leather separating from the flap leather (several other reviewers had this problem)... In fact, the second saddle I bought was made in 2001, and it separated and needed a repair. But the 3rd saddle, made in 2003 or so, is perfect and is identical in looks and wear to the original made in England one that was made around 1997. I feel Pessoa A/O gets a bad rap for a batch that came out in the span of a year or two - my experience is that Pessoa has fixed the problem and no one should be afraid to buy a new A/O.
Summary: My personal opinion is that the Pessoa A/O is the BEST quality saddle you can buy - you can spend $3000 or more on a saddle, but I don't think they come any more comfortable, beautiful, and long lasting.
Author: Pessoa Fan
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
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