Manufacturer: Henri De Rivel
Model: Show Jumping Pro
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle in 2004 at El Toro Tack and Feed for $795, the retail price of the saddle. I was looking for a good quality but relatively inexpensive jumping saddle, and this seemed perfect. It was very comfortable to sit in and was a great price.
Likes: This saddle is great for it's price. The seat, panel, and knee roll leather is a soft, rich calfskin that takes oil nicely and looks great. It has a relatively flat seat so I can really get up out of the saddle over bigger fences, yet it still keeps me secure and with the horse. The billets are strong and thick and have barely stretched in the years I've had the saddle. Like I said, this is great quality for the price, and an overall well-made and nice looking saddle.
Dislikes: The saddle was somewhat difficult to break in; it took about a year for the leather to fully settle and not be so stiff. In my opinion, I'm not a big fan of the color (oakbark) but it was my choice to buy it so I suppose that's not really a negative toward the saddle itself. The stitching around the pommel hasn't come loose but has rubbed a bit so I bought a seat saver, which has done a great job living up to it's name! So overall I don't have any major issues with the saddle; just a few small nit picky things.
Quality: Like I stated above, the leather was stiff at first and some of the stitching has become a bit iffy from constant rubs, but it has held up pretty well from two and a half years of constant use. I think this saddle is well constructed for its price, despite a few small issues.
Summary: In conclusion, I'd say go ahead and get this saddle if you want a higher-end product for a lower-end price. As with ANY saddle, excellent care will keep it looking good and functioning for lifetimes. I will often neglect my saddler cleaning duties, and it still looks pretty good! Many people have commented on my saddle and love to ride in it. Although this saddle has a few things I would change, the good aspects of it definitely outweigh the bad.
Author: Kristin K
Usefulness Rating: 2.66667 out of 5.
3 reader(s) voted.
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