Fit is Everything - Infinitely Adjustable for Optimal Comfort & Performance!

About Us

At Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd., we:

  • Specialize in saddles made for women
  • Provide solutions for optimal fit, performance and back protection for both horse and rider
  • Create handcrafted saddles that are customized to each horse and rider’s measurements
  • Use our infinitely adjustable AdapTree® to accommodate your horse’s growth and ongoing development, or re-fit to a new horse
  • Have helped more than 150,000 horses and riders worldwide over the last 30 years.

Virtual Tour – Schleese Head Office

 

Our Mission

Schleese helps horses and riders worldwide with the design, manufacture, and distribution of innovative, infinitely adjustable, gender-specific saddles with an emphasis on saddles for women. All products and services (including equine accessories and saddle fitting) ensure optimal well-being and comfort for both horse and rider and help to protect both from long-term back damage.

Jochen Schleese - 1st shop: 100 sq.ft. at I.E.S.S. in Cedar Valley, Ontario, Canada

1986: Jochen’s first shop was just 100 sq. feet off the side of one of the tractor barns at I.E.S.S. (International Equestrian Sport Services) in Cedar Valley, Ontario where the World Dressage Championships took place. Jochen is showing the first coloured saddle (bought by Ralph Lauren for Polo through Spinneybeck). Left: Jochen’s first apprentice Steve Wickens.

Our History

1978: Jochen Schleese trained with Passier & Son in Germany and started his career.

1985: Jochen was certified as the youngest Master Saddler ever in Europe in 1985

1986: Jochen was asked to be the Official Saddler for the World Dressage Championships in Canada.

1986: Jochen founded Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd.

1990: Schleese registered the trade of saddlery and becomes the only authorized facility in Ontario

1990: Together with the Ontario Ministry of Skills Development (now Labor Training and Adjustment Board), Schleese developed a 3-year apprenticeship program to make saddlery a registered and certifiable trade.

1996: Jochen Schleese received an international patent in 1996 for the AdapTree® saddle tree design which allows the saddle to be adjusted to fit as the horse changes its conformation through training and aging.

Read more about the founder of Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd., Jochen Schleese.

 

 

Our Share Holders

Jochen SchleeseCMS, CSET, CSE

Director of Global Education and Sales

Sabine SchleeseB.Sc, MBA

Director of Corporate Affairs

Earl RotheryFICB

Director of Global Operations

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“I am extremely excited to be working with the high-tech saddle company Schleese.  Their innovative and ergonomic saddle design and saddle fit analyses not only fosters optimal performance, it helps protect against pain and long-term damage to both horse and rider.” “Biomechanics and injury prevention are fundamental building blocks of my methods; as a result I have done extensive research into saddle companies, their design technologies and core concepts.  The mere fact that Schleese saddles are offered in male or female pelvis versions caught my attention. I was immediately drawn to the scientific and innovative design of Schleese saddles.” “Under Schleese saddles, my horses feel comfortable and readily offer to use their whole bodies right from the beginning of each training session. The Schleese design does not touch any triggers and the wide channel gives clearance to the ligaments running along the horse’s back all while ensuring a steady and biomechanically superior bearing surface. This all helps my horses raise their toplines and really use their neck, withers and with their engaged and stable core, offer me their raised and swinging back. Without this, it is impossible to engage the hind-legs or obtain shoulder freedom.” “Schleese saddles allow me to sit forward over the horse’s center of gravity without sacrificing the option of a deep seat.  It supports correct position without locking me into one position.  I am able to fine-tune my position to influence my horses with greater freedom and more precise results.  In the Schleese saddle I can both affect and follow my horses to a high degree.” “Within the first week I witnessed dramatic results in topline improvement and my horses’ general way of going.   Students are experiencing a positive boost in their improvement which is creating great momentum for the winter months. I look forward to what is in store for our future with Schleese.”  

— David Thind - Walpole, MA

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