Model: Bruce Davidson Event Saddle
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle from a local tack store. It was marked for $900 but I got a 10% discount at Christmas time so I paid $810 for the saddle. I originally learned they had this saddle in on consignment off their website and I jumped on it (had been looking for one of these saddles for awhile)
Likes: Everything!! I bought this saddle because 1) it actually fits my horse! and 2) It fits me! I have a long femur and needed a saddle with a more forward block, but I couldn't afford the more expensive saddles (bates, devocoux, antares, prestige, etc.) that one could get with a forward flap. Someone suggested this saddle to me and I have been on the lookout for one ever since. So when I saw my tack store had one I jumped on it. I absolutely love the knee pad (big and poofy). It has a moveable knee block and a fixed thigh block. I feel so balanced in this saddle, the first time I rode in it, it just felt so natural. I feel secure over fences (have jumped up to 3'3" in this saddle so far) and yet I feel that I can ride on the flat in this saddle just as well as in my dressage saddle. I do not feel like it pitches me forward at all (like my old wintec CC did). The seat is very open and flat which I love, I can ride on the flat, get forward into a galloping position, or be able to sit back for a drop fence with no problem.
Dislikes: Oh gosh... at the moment, nothing. :) It's absolutely the most perfect saddle for me that I could have possibly imagined. Well... I will say the billets are a lot shorter than my old saddle so I'm in need a new girth... but that's not really a dislike. Oh, you will have fun finding a saddle pad that'll fit the length of the saddle from the front of the knee roll to the back of the cantle.
Quality: For an Argentine made saddle it is simply gorgeous. The leather is very luxurious, when I got it it barely looked used, just a touch of wear on the flap. I've cleaned and conditioned it twice and it's already starting to take on a gorgeous dark oakbark color. The stitching is flawless, the billets are really the only sign of wear and even still they are in great condition. Dominus saddles are made by the same folks who now make the Amerigo saddles so you can expect quality work.
Summary: If you are an Eventer with a long thigh looking for a well balanced forward seat saddle this is the one for you!! They are extremely well made and so comfortable, there is a reason people don't like to give them up! If you can find one in your size that fits your horse buy it! These saddles aren't made anymore, so they are hard to come by. I got extremely lucky my tack store had one!
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
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