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5 Industry Award Nominations for Schleese

March 27th, 2014

This is a stellar year for the Schleese Saddlery network, receiving industry wide recognition with five nominations for industry awards.

Jochen Schleese has been nominated for 3 separate awards: the Equine Industry Vision Award through AHP, Entrepreneur of the Year through the Chamber of Commerce, as well as Schleese Saddlery Service has been nominated as Manufacturer of the Year through the Chamber. Sabine Schleese has once again been nominated as a Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year through the RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) annual Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, as well as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women through the Women’s Executive Network.

The educational arm of the company, Saddlefit 4 Life, has recently received USDF accreditation for its many educational offerings, including onsite clinics, lectures, courses, and presentations.

In the past Schleese has been twice featured on Discovery Channel (Harrowsmith Country Life and How it’s Made) and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal Marketplace section, recognized for its innovations. The company was named “Best of the Best Manufacturer of the Year 2008” by Tack ‘n’Togs magazine and has been the recipient of many other business and industry awards over the 28 years the company has been operating in North America. Schleese continues to grow not only as the largest North American manufacturer with a network of client saddle fit specialists, but also through expanding its ‘product line’ to include ongoing Saddlefit 4 Life education and training for riders and equine professionals all over the world. This increased diversification positions Schleese as a global leader providing industry education to improve the health and well- being of horses and riders worldwide.

Jochen graduated from Passier as Certified Master Saddler and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in North America, operating the only authorized saddlery training facility in Ontario. Schleese Saddlery Service is the world leading manufacturer of saddles designed for women, specializing in the unique anatomical requirements of female riders. Schleese authorized representatives provide diagnostic saddle fit analysis and saddle fitting services across North America to maintain optimal saddle fit to horse and rider. Saddlefit 4 Life educational programs and certification courses are held throughout North America, Europe and Brazil.  800-225-2242

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For the longest, time I always had trouble with my dressage, especially on my 14 year old Lusitano, Voyeur. Being an eventer, I thought he might just prefer the jumping, but then I began to come to the conclusion that he was in pain. My riding continued to improve, but I still had trouble with all my downward transitions and it got to the point where I could not sit the trot without him hollowing his back. I did some research and found Schleese and then attended one of Jochens saddle fitting sessions for the first time in Santa Rosa. When I rode in one of his saddles that truly fit me and Voyeur for the first time, I almost melted! Suddenly I could do things like sit the trot without discomfort or difficulty. My transitions improved dramatically. I also noticed a change in his demeanor whenever we did dressage. An even more exciting change was when we received our lowest dressage score yet in competition: a 29.0 which is equivalent to a 71% in dressage. He has not placed out of the top 5 in any competitions since we started working with Schleese. I also have a 6 year old Hanovarian and 11 year old Selle Francias. My 6 year old, Charlie, had two wins out of the past three shows we have done and my 11 year old, Q, was able to move up a level this past season. I have had more success than ever this year thanks to Schleese Saddlery! Thanks!

— Alexandra Tett - Healdsburg, CA

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