Manufacturer: Collegiate (View all products by Collegiate)
Model: Convertible Senior Event (View all Convertible Senior Event Saddle reviews)
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I was having a heck of a time finding a saddle to fit my tank of a horse, and she changes so drastically from Summer to Winter that I decided a convertible saddle would be worth a shot. I paid $735 for the new saddle of ebay. Shipping was free.
Likes: The leather requires little break-in. The gullet changing system is indeed fairly easy and I could finally have a saddle that fit my horse. It's great for longer legged riders like me, or riders who like to ride with longer stirrups. Because of the flap length, this saddle is suitable to anything from jumping to Dressage.
Dislikes: I was a little disappointed when I got the saddle in the mail. It was described as "Dark Havanah Brown". It's also described as so on the Dover website. The saddles is definitely not Havanah, but rather a weak Chestnut color which doesn't flatter my bay mare at all. They also must have changed the leather used, because I received a saddle with full grain leather, and had never seen a Senior Event with full grain before. Again, I don't like full grain and was a bit disappointed with this as well. One more thing; the first billet hole isn't punched until half way up the billets! I didn't want to add extra holes, fearing that they might not be safe or that they would turn out messy, and therefore had to buy a new girth.
Quality: I honestly thought that the saddle looked cheaply made. It just looks "off" to me and has a bulky appearance. The stirrup bars do not have hinges but are rather the "e" type bars. The leather is nice and it's clear that this saddle isn't junk. It just isn't the same as the Courbette that I had been using. The tree is made for a horse with a pretty flat back, but became quite a bit curvier when I put in the XW gullet. If it hadn't, it wouldn't have fit my horse.
Summary: This is a nice saddle at a real bargain price if you buy it from the right place, and it's comfy and great for longer legged riders. There are some flaws in the design, but as long as you know what to expect, it seems like a decent saddle that holds up well and is comfy as well.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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