Model: Charles de Kunffy Grand Prix
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I have a broad, flat backed Percheron cross mare with low withers, all of which make saddle fitting so very hard. I sat in and tried out many different makes and models of dressage saddles, but kept coming back to the same one on eBay. I was a little leery, but the gal selling it was great to work with and offered me a complete money-back promise if it didn't work out. She was a very motivated seller (looking for a different saddle for her horse), and so I got this almost brand-new saddle (had only 5 rides on it) that retails at well over $2000 for $900!
Likes: There's not anything I don't like. This is the only saddle that I do not have to fight for my position in - it just puts me there naturally. I also love how well if fits my wide mare (I got the 34cm tree) and how easily she moves out in it. The leather itself is extremely high quality, very supple and needed no breaking in at all. This saddle is very nicely flocked in wool, and is proving itself well in shaping itself to my mare. The stirrup bars are placed at such a position that my legs naturally fall into perfect position. I love that Courbette has placed extra padding and leather over the stirrup bar so that the rider cannot feel the buckles while riding - although I invested in a pair of Bates leather webbers so that was just an extra bonus. As a newbie dressage geek, as is my horse, I feel very secure and yet free in this saddle. The knee and thigh blocks are perfect!
Dislikes: There is not anything I dislike about this saddle. Not one thing!
Quality: I have heard and read some very negative remarks about some of Courbette's lower end saddles but could not find one poor review of this higher end model. The leather is second to none - and quite comparable to the Passiers and Schleeses I tried out. I have not found one single thing out of place with this saddle, and the quality is second to none. The Charles de Kunffy Grand Prix has pulled out all the stops in rider and horse comfort.
Summary: I love, love, love this saddle. I'm sure part of that is due to the joy in finally finding a saddle that fits both myself and my mare correctly...but I have to say, in the future should I ever need another dressage saddle...this is the one I would get.
Author: Jill Lowe
Usefulness Rating: 3.625 out of 5.
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