Manufacturer: Dover Saddlery (View all products by Dover Saddlery)
Model: Circuit Elite (View all Circuit Elite reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I wanted a new saddle for my birthday. I have been jumping for about 2-3 years now and I needed a saddle that was not an all purpose. My trainer likes these saddles and they are in our price range. My mom paid $699.00. The original price is $849.00. She purchased this saddle on sale and it came with a free matching bridle. (which I love!)
Likes: I love this saddle. It is very comfortable and it puts you in a nice position for flat work and an excellent position over fences. At first I was a little unsure of the flatter seat as I normally ride in a deeper seat at my trainers barn. The flat seat makes it very easy to 2 point. The flatter seat also makes it very easy over fences. I am jumping around 2 1/2 to 3 feet and I feel very safe and secure in this saddle. This saddle is very durable for schooling and would also be acceptable at shows. I have ridden in some pricey saddles like Bevals and Pessoas. This saddle has performed just like the Beval and the Pessoa. Even though the leather isn't as nice as a Beval, it is still quality leather and very workable.
Dislikes: There are only a few things that I do not like about this saddle. The stirrup leathers can be somewhat hard to get into the bars, but after you have taken them out a couple of times, it isn't that bad. I am not also ok with the way that it oils. The seat and the knee rolls turn dark brown when oiled, but seat and knee rolls are light brown when the saddle first comes out of the box. They lighten up a bit after you ride in the saddle a couple days after oiling, but the seat and knee rolls are still darker than the flaps. Other than these two small issues, there is nothing wrong with the saddle.
Quality: The construction is workable. The quality is very good and I feel that this saddle will last me a good 5-10 years. The only flaw is about the leather, which is listed above. I have been outside when it was lightly raining during a lesson, and when I went back inside the barn, you can't even tell that this saddle has gotten wet. All of the stitching is still very tight and intact, but i have only had this saddle for a month. I ride about 4-5 times a week and oil the saddle about once a week and the saddle still looks like new.
Summary: I am extremely happy with the purchase. It is fantastic over fences and my trainer feels like this saddle puts me in a correct position for flatwork and jumping. It is very well made and it's quality is very good. It is very acceptable at hunt shows and I feel like this saddle will last a long time. The saddle feels like and puts me in a very similar position as a Beval. All in all, i love this saddle!!
Usefulness Rating: 2.72727 out of 5.
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