Manufacturer: Millers/Collegiate (View all products by Miller's Saddlery)
Model: Sr. Event Saddle (View all Sr. Event Saddle reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle at a local tack shop for around $850.00 w/ all fittings. I bought a black one so I could show in lower level/local H/J and Dressage shows, without having to buy two separate saddles, as I was on a tight budget at the time.
Likes: Dispite the bad rep on Argentinian-made tack, this saddle has held up pretty well. The leather is of a softer type, but not extremely weak or poor quality in my opinion. It is comfortable, and the deeper type seat is nice and secure, but not confining. It isn't the "absolute best leather money can buy" as to be expected, but by no means a disapointment in any way for the amount of money you pay fo it. But for the quality and price, an extremely good buy. Over-all a very well thought out saddle and design.
Dislikes: I don't consider this a dislike, just the normal wear-and-tear on the saddle. Surprisingly, the stirrup leather wear has not damaged the saddle that much. A little spot or two, but by no means is it unsightly or very noticeable. Also, on the left side of the bottom flap about an inch and a half of seam has come loose, but thats due to the mounting/dismounting. I fully assume and know thats what was the cause of that. I examined the saddle, and the place where the seam was is for looks, not for holding anything together, so it is merely cosemetic. This saddle was purchased almost three years ago, and it looks fabulous for it. Just take good care of it, and it will stay nice. It is now made by WeatherBeeta, under the same name "Collegiate or Miller's", it is now available with the easy change gullet system. (Thats cool.) I don't know if it comes in black anymore. I think maybe only Havana brown. As far as I know, the design is still the same, but I don't know about the overall quality of it. This is a review for one made before WeatherBeeta took over, and started making them.
Quality: I described it pretty well in the above sections. Overall, a nice design and saddle. With good quality, for the price.
Summary: The reason I give this a four is because of the quality and price. If it was like a Hermes saddle, I would give it a five. Five to me is perfect, the absolute best you can buy, without any price limitation. So in other words, skies the limit, and money is no object kind of deal. lol! But to most, money IS an object, and there IS a limit. So this score might as well be a five, for the buy and quality you get.
Author: Kara B.
Usefulness Rating: 4.67 out of 5.
100 reader(s) voted.
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