Manufacturer: Amerigo (View all products by Amerigo)
Model: Close Contact Jumping Saddle (View all Close Contact Jumping Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought this on private treaty - brand new for $1800 :) 18" 2 1/2 (equal to a wide tree)
Likes: The leather is fantastic! I also like that the waist of the saddle is pretty narrow (feels closer to my horse's back). I also like how the panels are very comfy to the horse and the channel is a nice size - not too wide but will not pinch even a wide wither. It is also generous in the height of the pommel so it will fit a higher withered horse pretty well too. The rear blocks are well positioned for flat and jumping with minimal interference.
Dislikes: The 4 billets don't fit really well with the rear blocks. My girth buckle cuts into the rear block. I have to use the middle 2 to get the saddle to balance...not ideal. It is also pretty stiff and is taking a while to break in. It is very grippy (with ledersoft and lederfit) and secure, but pretty stiff. Definitely not a Devoucoux seat :) Also, it is a lot of saddle and a little heavy for a CC saddle.
Quality: Excellent. One of the best made saddles - as good as the Forestier that I owned, or better. High quality leather (grained flaps, rest is calf) that will last. The flocking is some of the best that I have ever felt on a saddle - a mix of natural and synthetic fibers. Very well designed tree - even when the saddle slips a little, I am still easily with the motion of my horse.
Summary: Pricey new from a tack shop (over $4K) but my horse moves very well under it. It is also very secure (I even use it for XC). I recommend these saddles to anyone with a harder to fit horse. They will even custom make a shorter panel to accommodate a sloping shoulder. Giving it a 4 rather than a 5 due to the price and that it is not a true CC - I am not as close to the horse as I would have liked.
Usefulness Rating: 2.53333 out of 5.
15 reader(s) voted.
Collegiate Graduate (ART. 6533) Close Contact Saddles
Crosby The Sovereign Prix des Nations 97 Close Contact Saddles
Crosby Prix des Nations Close Contact Saddles
Pessoa Heritage Pro Covered Leather Close Contact Saddles
Bates Hunter Jumper Close Contact Saddles
Northrun Ashland Close Contact Saddles
Borelli Saddle Seat Close Contact Saddles
Zaldi Top Jump Close Contact Saddles
Pessoa Pessoa A/O Junior Saddle Long Flap Close Contact Saddles
Henri De Rivel Pro RTF Close Contact Saddles
Arc de Triomphe Gazelle Close Contact Saddles
Synergist saddle Endurance Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Close Contact Saddles
St Lourdes Tango Close Contact Saddles
Beval Butet Close Contact Saddles
Santa Cruz Platinum Justin GPS Close Contact Saddles
Colligate Parfaire 2013 Close Contact Saddles
Courbette Alpina Close Contact Lemetex Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Conquist Close Contact Saddles
Exselle Exselle Debut Wool Flocked Close Contact Saddles