Manufacturer: Heritage Bespoke Saddlery (View all products by Heritage Bespoke Saddlery)
Model: Kontact Jumping/Event (View all Kontact Monolite Jumping/Event Saddle reviews)
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I wasn't searching for a saddle, but by concurrence of circumstances one of Heritage saddles came under my hands for fitting onto a customer's gelding. Saddle didn't fit him (wasn't made for him, just a blind try), but the quality of leather, workmanship and saddle tree was so excellent, that I bought the saddle for myself.
Likes: Despite I have enough saddles for my horses, it was simply impossible to resist getting such precisely made saddle for a reasonable price (discounted at local trader being custom fit never picked up ending up in his stock for sale). In one sentence - the price versus quality ratio is one of the best I have ever seen and there are no compromises anywhere - it's on par with Passier or Dabbs/Jaguar for example, while beating many so-called preimum brands with same ease.
Dislikes: Nothing so far.
Quality: I am very demanding and a bit pedantic on saddle quality, but the build and materials quality of this Heritage saddle is top by any standard - excellent leather, precise and durable stiching, correctly shaped and placed twist and very importatntly - all being built on wooden spring tree, what is much greater advantage than it can look like, especially in the days of synthetic trees being (falsely) presented as equal alternative by many manufacturers.
Summary: I am used to top quality saddles (Dabbs, Barnsby, Passier, Butet/Devocoux) and belive it or not, this Heritage saddle can regularly compete with any of these brands in terms of craftsmanship, materials and build quality. No matter if you need custom made saddle or standard one, I would recommend you to add Heritage Saddlery brand to the ones you will choose from. Defintely worth it.
Author: J. Vich
Usefulness Rating: 3.11111 out of 5.
27 reader(s) voted.
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