Model: Circuit Pro
Category: Jumping Saddles
Purchase: I purchased the saddle through Dover for $899 on sale. I had tried a few other mid-range priced saddles and was disappointed. (Collegiate Alumni Convertible, Ovation Close Contact). I wanted a secure, comfortable saddle but didn't want to go much over $1000.00. It had to look nice, and ride correctly. I spoke with a sales rep from Dover and they pointed me in the direction of the Circuit Pro. They were right!
Likes: I love this saddle. The seat and knee pad are made of the softest, grippy leather. The flaps are a smooth french leather and while they were stiff, they softened after 2 days of oiling and rolling them. They are now super pliable, supple and soft. I literally could ride in this saddle after oiling it and softening it. I didn't get sore at all. I love the color after it was oiled, before it is kind of an odd "chestnut" color. Now that it's oiled people keep asking me if it's a Pessoa! I feel secure in this saddle and can sit deep when I need to on green horses over fences and yet I can easily work on the flat and go to two point with out any trouble. The seat isn't too deep, it's enough for security, but still not so "scoopy" that you can't change your position.
Dislikes: The only thing that I would say is that the flaps that are under the outside ones are a cheaper quality leather. With the price you pay though they had to cut corners somewhere. This however is only a minor thing and I have no problems with that as no one sees that leather and they softened nicely with oil and rolling them. So overall I can't complain. Oh and I hated the thigh roll. Removed that immediately, it just felt bulky to me and I didn't like how the saddle bowed between the knee pads to the thigh block. I personally don't like them and they removed easily.
Quality: The construction is very well. The stitching is tight and even. It looks well made. Truly it looks like a much more expensive saddle. I have a wide tree and it fits most of the horses I ride very well, from TB's to WB's. It sits nice and level and I don't need to pad or shim up the saddle. The really great thing is that there is a lifetime warranty on the tree. They made this saddle to last.
Summary: I can't say it enough. I love this saddle. I didn't want to invest a few thousand dollars in a saddle. I got a great saddle at a super price. You can't beat the look. It rides like a dream. I feel so secure and yet so free in it. I would buy it all over again. After trying two other saddles, I am so happy that I sent them back and took the advice of the Dover rep. Kudos to them as well. I am one happy customer. My best advice though is to oil it until it doesn't take anymore; roll and flex the flaps to get them soft and you'll be happy!
Author: Trish Yamada
Usefulness Rating: 3.275 out of 5.
120 reader(s) voted.
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