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Lots of Exciting and Interesting Stuff Happening with the Team at Schleese and Saddlefit 4 Life

August 16th, 2019

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Lots of Exciting and Interesting Stuff Happening with the Team at Schleese Saddlery and Saddlefit 4 Life!

Of course, the most exciting thing in recent weeks was the Pan Am team gold medal and the individual silver medal won by Tina Irwin from Canada – a long time Schleese sponsored rider and a huge fan of her custom made Obrigado saddle. We congratulate Tina and are honoured to be part of the ‘circle of influence’ around her and Laurencio! As an added bonus, PBS (Information Matrix starring Laurence Fishburne) was recently at our Holland Landing facility filming an educational vignette for their programming, which included a sidebar visit as well to the Irwin’s Stoney Lake Equestrian riding facility in nearby Stouffville. It was lovely to be able to feature both Tina and Jaimey Irwin as part of the filming as well – and her Pan Am medals!

Certified Master Saddler and Saddle Ergonomist Jochen Schleese will be a featured guest presenter at the annual ISES (International Society of Equitation Sciences Conference) being held next week at the University of Guelph. He will be speaking on the Myths of Saddle Fitting as well as doing a demo with horses on the 9 Points of Saddle Fit.

The online Saddlefit 4 Life Academy goes live this Friday, August 16 for students wishing to continue their professional development as equine ergonomists along with additional short, free and affiliate courses. The theoretical part of the curriculum will be available for completion online, with onsite practicums being scheduled several times a year at various locations around USA and Canada (as well as in Europe, South Africa and Australia!) This makes the courses more accessible to any rider or equine professional wishing to increase their knowledge on saddle fit and how equine and human anatomy and biomechanics can influence it. Website:

In the interest of reducing our carbon footprint even further (Jochen Schleese is already a million-miler with Air Canada – which is not necessarily a good thing!), we have started to produce and stream podcasts on a bi-weekly basis. Listen to the insights from some of our equine professional associates – veterinarians, bodyworkers, and physiotherapists (to name a few), as well as from some of our clients (who have some interesting stories to tell as well!). The links are as follows: and Watch for upcoming webinars as well!

Saddlefit 4 Life is also publishing a bi-weekly podcast and webinar series (release TBD) to viewers and listeners around the world, covering topics related to saddle fitting and equine welfare with guests such as equine vets, breeders, associations and more.

About Jochen Schleese and Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd.

Jochen Schleese got his certification as Master Saddler at the age of 22 and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in North America. With over 80 different models designed over the years, Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd 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 the globe to maintain optimal saddle fit to horse and rider.


Jochen is the author of the best-selling “Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses”, now in its third printing by Trafalgar Square and available in hard copy, digital, and paperback versions at He and his company have been the recipients of numerous business and industry awards over the years and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal as well as twice on the Discovery Channel.


He is a regular guest lecturer at various equine and veterinary colleges around North America and Europe.
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I wanted to drop you a note and let you know that destiny will have it that all roads in my life seem to lead to Schleese! I am now trimming for Margaret Boyce and her students in NY and I did know how close she was with the Schleese team. When we discover this, I of coarse was jumping out of my skin for the opportunity to see Jochen at a fitting nearby and drop in to say Hi. I have not forgotten all of you and the opportunity that was before us last year, I think that the future will hold something for us I will hope that destiny will continue to bring me right where I belong despite my over thinking it all. As my kids are getting older, I see that there is much potential for growth and you guys are always on my mind! I had the opportunity to ride Margaret's horse in a lesson and I wrote a story about it I thought you might enjoy. I like to write about experiences that seem to be "Big" in my life and I truly savor the emotion and memories by writing. I thought I would share with you my little story about Big, especially since he was in a gorgeous HK that I so enjoyed riding in...and the dynamic of balanced hoof care combined with good training and saddle fitting was thoroughly enjoyed by me on this day! Hope you are well, I can still hear your voice on the other line and replay all of our chats in my mind, and I wanted to thank you for your support and understanding during that time of turmoil for me. You never know what the future holds. I’ll be probably popping up on Jochen here and there and around in NJ PA and NY if ever he just needs a spare set of hands. I so enjoy the learning from him and all working with all the pretty horses! Schleese is a part of the explosions of learning that I speak of in this story! Best regards to you and all of the Schleese team! (Especially Julia who I have met and adore!)  

— Dayna Fiore - Newton, NJ

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