Manufacturer: Crosby (View all products by Crosby)
Model: Prix des Nations (Regular Tree) (View all Prix Des Nations reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I acquired this saddle new from Dover Saddlery close to ten years ago after I rode in my trainers Prix and loved it. Up until that point, I had ridden in many different and expensive brands and had never found the perfect one for myself until this one. I understand that it has since been discontinued and is now sold under the Exselle by Walsall Riding Brand in England. At the time, I paid about $2,000 for it, but it was well worth it as after a decade of hard use, it still looks and feels like new!
Likes: This saddle is well-made with great stitching, top-quality leather, a sound tree, and is very comfortable and balanced. I ordered it with smooth/plain flaps as opposed to the padded ones that are commonly found in most close contact saddles and I found that it still gives the rider security, but allows a closer feel between the horse and rider without any extra bulk under the leg/knee. The saddle is easily maintained and I have not had to have any repairs made at all. Additionally, I have found this saddle to be an easy fit on most horses I have ridden- from narrow-withered Thoroughbreds to light Drafts, Warmbloods, Quarter Horses, and most in-between. I even used this saddle on a gaited Tennessee Walker that I was helping a friend with and it fit and worked fine. I am currently riding my Clydesdale mare with it until my new dressage saddle arrives and the regular tree does not pinch or leave her sore.
Dislikes: There is very little I don't like about this saddle. About the only thing I can think of is that I prefer to use a saddle with a deeper seat for extended trail rides because close contact saddles tend to run shallow and tilt the rider's hips forward slightly to allow you to move easily into two-point and if you are riding all day, it is not terribly comfortable towards the end. This is not limited to the Prix Des Nations though- this is just a general issue with close contact saddles.
Quality: Excellent- it has literally had thousands of hours of riding on it and is still pretty much perfect in every way. I could take it to a show today with just a dash of polish.
Summary: This is a top-notch saddle and I love it and highly recommend it. If you are looking for a solid close contact saddle that you can do pretty much anything with- this is it. It is comfortable, functional, attractive, and well-made. What else can one ask for?
Author: Lauren Hendricks
Usefulness Rating: 3.11111 out of 5.
27 reader(s) voted.
Bates Hunter Jumper Close Contact Saddles
Northrun Ashland Close Contact Saddles
Borelli Saddle Seat Close Contact Saddles
Zaldi Top Jump Close Contact Saddles
Pessoa Pessoa A/O Junior Saddle Long Flap Close Contact Saddles
Henri De Rivel Pro RTF Close Contact Saddles
Arc de Triomphe Gazelle Close Contact Saddles
Synergist saddle Endurance Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Close Contact Saddles
St Lourdes Tango Close Contact Saddles
Beval Butet Close Contact Saddles
Santa Cruz Platinum Justin GPS Close Contact Saddles
Colligate Parfaire 2013 Close Contact Saddles
Courbette Alpina Close Contact Lemetex Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Conquist Close Contact Saddles
Exselle Exselle Debut Wool Flocked Close Contact Saddles
Mondega Augustine Close Contact Saddles
Collegiate Collegiate Convertiable Alumni Close Contact Close Contact Saddles
Greenhawk Vala close contact Close Contact Saddles
Bates Caprilli Close Contact Close Contact Saddles