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Saddle Stitch News - 08/04/2018

August 4th, 2018

Saddle Stitch: Your Monthly Internal Schleese News & Updates

SFT Spotlight

This month’s featured Saddle Fit Technician is Natalie Sauner!
With 10 years’ experience as a Certified Saddle Fit Technician, Natalie is passionate about improving the well-being of horse and rider by helping clients achieve optimal saddle fit solutions. Natalie competed in both dressage and hunter/jumper disciplines and joined Schleese in 2006. She trained with Certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist Jochen Schleese, and was certified after an 8th-month apprenticeship of theoretical and practical training based on Saddlefit 4 Life® principles.
In her career as a Certified Saddle Ergonomist, Natalie is dedicated to maintaining optimal fit and freedom of movement for the developing horse and providing gender correct saddle solutions for riders. She maintains the highest level of expertise through ongoing professional development and re-certification.
Natalie provides saddle fit demos and lectures at trade fairs, conferences and saddle fit sessions across North America. Read more about Natalie and our other saddle fitters on our website.

Featured Schleese Ambassador

This month’s featured Schleese Ambassador is Dr. Heather Boo!
She is a full time practising physician and also a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist and owner of Three Bays Farm in south Florida. She got her start in the Grand Prix on her Dutch warmblood Liberty Light.
“I believe in extremely well fitting equipment that does not cause any pain to the horse,” says Boo “and a saddle, such as this one, that allows me to sit exactly where I need to on his back and doesn’t prevent his shoulders from comfortably coming up. At this level every millimetre is important.” – Dr. Heather Boo

Read Heather’s full bio and testimonial on our website.

Rider Testimonial: 

“Chianti has been my partner for 9 years now. We have done a lot of learning together, but I am glad the searching for a saddle that *might* fit journey is over. After years of trying to accommodate his long shoulder and wanting a forward cut saddle, I bit the bullet and bought and Schleese Merci. We don’t show much, but having a saddle that fits him is the best investment. I know that when I want to go to that show or go on a hunt pace or just hack as long as I can, the saddle is supportive and comfortable for both of us. I never would have thought that a “female” saddle could actually make a difference. And I am so glad I was wrong.”
-Rachel Pauls – Kitchener, ON
Read the full testimonial on our website:

Where is Jochen?

The beginning of July found Jochen still in Russia enjoying the World Cup, after which he returned home via Germany, where he spent two days training the Saddle Ergonomists working there. The big work trip in July was with Chris Mologhney and newest trainee Nigel Potts working in ‘stinking hot’ (his words) Florida! It was a very successful trip despite the heat and logistical challenges, and Jochen gets to spend three weeks working at home and in the shop, until he leaves August 11 for a NY, VT, MA, CT, ME and NH dog-and-pony (and horse!) show with Chris again. (Chris has since moved out east and is now joining us from Halifax, Nova Scotia!) Jochen will be back home for the last week of August, enjoying a few days rest before things really start to ramp up again for the fall events and trips.

August Birthdays 

This month we are wishing Julia (12th), Alexa (14th) and Linda (31st) a very happy birthday!

Quote of the Month


Closing Stitches

Saddle Fitters: On The Road! 
Take a look at these great photos sent in by some of our saddle fitting teams on the road this month. If interested in sending in a photo for next month – email it to!
Below are photos of Chris and Jochen working hard side by side fitting saddles in Florida last month from July 20th- August 8th! Check out these great photos of them in action sent in by Jochen!
Next is the following image sent in by Connie. She captured it with the following: “When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade LOL! This dumpster is in view of our booth, so we fixed it up nice and pretty!” Thanks for the great photo, Connie!
Independent Schleese Western Fitter Course – Ontario, CA
Take a look at these great shots from the “Independent Schleese Western Fitter” course that was held in Ontario weekend of July 22nd -23rd. These great photos were taken and sent in by Odia.


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When I had qualified and entered Amistad for Rolex 2010 it was there I decided was a good place to start looking for a saddle sponsor with all the vendors available.  There were so many saddles to look at many representatives to speak to.  I had met Miriam Boutros at the Schleese Saddlery booth while I was sitting in every saddle they had.  She was professional, courteous and very friendly taking the utmost time to tell me all about their saddles how they are fitted so horse and rider can get optimal comfort out of their saddle. It was the detail of explanation plus sitting in them and liking the feel myself that I picked Schleese Saddles out of all the vendors I visited to ask for a sponsorship and with fingers crossed approximately 4 weeks later I got a call that they'd come and fit my horse for me.  I was excited to ride in a Schleese saddle! Schleese saddles are in my opinion by far the best saddles on the market for comfort, quality & looks for the rider and allowing any horse to perform to its highest ability because of the freedom of movement it provides and also the comfort of how/where it sits on any horse that is fortunate to be properly fitted with one! I have been riding in their saddles for almost 8 years now and as 2018 is just around the corner I would like to thank you, Jochen and Sabine, for your superior Saddles which I have had the honour to be sponsored with.  Julia Dixon you are amazing and talented saddle fitter our horses love you! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart and I would like to wish Schleese Saddlery and all its staff a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  

— Michele Mueller, Olympian, Port Perry, ON, Canada

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