Manufacturer: Gold Winner (View all products by Gold Winner)
Model: 16" Event Saddle (View all 16\" Event Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle from St. Croix Saddlery in Lakeville, Minnesota in 1997. It was used and came with fittings for $75.
Likes: This saddle fits me perfectly. Although the leg flaps could be a little longer, it has lasted through years and years of riding despite being a used saddle of only mid-grade quality. The leather has stayed supple despite my only occasional cleanings, and the saddle has withstood a fair amount of abuse.
Dislikes: The irons that it came with were pony-sized, and as an adult I need adult-sized stirrups. Some of the color is starting to rub off on the leg area, although that is only to be expected after so many years of consistent use for the quality of saddle that it is.
Quality: This is a hacking or schooling saddle, so it is not show quality. However, it has withstood thousands of hours of riding and abuse by my horses, and everything is still functional. I have had to replace the leathers once, but they were used when I purchased them.
Summary: Bottom line, this is my favorite saddle. This saddle runs in the $500 range new, and is perfect for schooling, hacking, and training. While mine has been used far too much to be a show saddle, this is a great everyday saddle and one of the few I've found that fits me, and the only one in the lower price range.
Usefulness Rating: 2.9 out of 5.
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