Circuit Elite
Close Contact Saddles

Manufacturer: Dover
Model: Circuit Elite
Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: It was time for me to purchase a new saddle and I was on a strict time budget so after trying my friend's Circuit saddle, I decided to purchase the Dover Circuit Elite Close Contact Saddle. It was on sale through Dover Catalog and i paid $699.00. Along with the saddle (which retails around $1,225.00) came a bridle (that retails around $130.00).

Likes: I LOVE the quality. For such a bargain I am happy with my saddle. Its super comfortable and fits my horse like a dream. The seat and knee rolls and comfortably padded but not obtrusive and the leather broke in quickly, along with oiling it twice. I also ordered Light Brown Circuit leathers that, after oiling, matched the saddle exactly! The wide tree works well on any horse or pony when used with a half pad, which confirms a better fit. Its true that the leather isn't as nice as Devacoux or Hermes but its wearable and breaks in quickly, it has exceeded my expectations.

Dislikes: I found it quite difficult to get the leathers into the stirrup bars but once i had them in they were secure. Besides for that, everything is wonderful and the leather has been a piece of cake to break in!

Quality: The seat and knee rolls seem to made of a more grippy, softer leather, while the flaps and billets are made of a more durable leather. The stitching is tight and precise and looks to last a long time. The cantle is detailed with overlay and the saddle has knee blocks and rear thigh blocks, which are in no way obtrusive. For a $699.00 saddle, it looks like its worth well more than &1,000.00 and maybe even up there with more expensive saddles.

Summary: Overall I am very grateful that I purchased this saddle. Dover's Circuit line of products are fantastic, quality pieces of tack. You would never be able to guess the price of this saddle from looking at it and riding in it!! Everyone loves my Circuit Elite from my barn, so do the horses!!

Rating: 5

Author: Pam T

Date: 2006-06-13

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