Manufacturer: Stubben (View all products by Stubben)
Model: Sigfried A/P (View all Siegfried All Purpose Saddle reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: My first Sigfried was received as a gift in 1972, it was used and my boy friend paid $250 for it! I have bought a couple more since and got them used for between $500 and $750.
Likes: I have owned a couple of these saddles over the years. As a saddle for Hunting, trail riding or just plain riding they cannot be beat. I prefer the doeskin padded flaps on the older models to the newer, easy care smooth leather. New Stubbens will run you into $1200-$1500 and they are worth every penny of it. With reasonable care they can last for generations. My oldest Stubben I have had for over 30 years, and I got it used! I do have a younger one, it is probably around 20 years old and I ride in it almost every day. The deep secure seat is so comfortable and balanced, it is relaxing to just sit in it. When used on a less than reliable mount, a young or green one, the deep seat can save you many a nasty fall. Fads in the show ring come and go- but if you want a classic, secure ride, check out a well made Stubben.
Dislikes: As I stated- fads in the show ring may require a different "look"- that's about the only flaw I can give this great Classic.
Quality: The construction is superb, and very sturdy- these saddles are meant to be used. My older saddles look as good as many brand new saddles, with decent care, they last forever!
Summary: Once you ride in one of these you will probably become a convert. I have literally forced some of my students to try mine and the look of shock on their faces is priceless. Most end up buying one. If you live in Fox Hunting territory the prices will be higher, because Hunters love them. Believe it or not, eBAy can be an excellent source.
Author: Patti Goettler
Usefulness Rating: 2.75 out of 5.
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