Model: Sovereign (Prix des Nations)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: $750 used from Rick's Heritage Saddlery in Pennsylvania.
Likes: The leather is a very supple, rich German bridle leather. There is nothing stiff about this saddle. There is also nothing to get between you and the horse. You really learn to use your leg without the aid of knee rolls or thigh blocks.
Dislikes: Without even a pencil knee roll, hard riding downhill or staying on a bucker can cause your knee to come forward off of the saddle. Other than that I have no complaints.
Quality: Beautifully contructed in England (as I understand it, Crosby no longer makes their current saddles there). Everything about this saddle is high quality. After several years of use, the panels show no signs of wear.
Summary: This is a classy, functional saddle which can easily go from schooling to show ring. Perfect for the casual hacker or the equitation/hunter show rider. Well balanced for jumping.
Author: Lindsay Abel
Usefulness Rating: 2.66667 out of 5.
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