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Saddle Stitch News - 04/05/2019

April 5th, 2019
Four New SaddleFit 4 Life™ Graduates in Germany!
Congratulations to our four latest graduates and newly Certified Saddle Ergonomists: Sabine Huf, Maike Wessel, Dagmar König and Antje Rüscher! We welcome you to the SaddleFit 4 Life™ family and global network of equine professionals!
View the full post along with more photos of the trip in the Closing Stitches section below.
SFT Spotlight

This week’s featured Schleese Employee spotlight is on Connie Frantzke! Connie has a long history in the equine industry and has competed in the Canadian Dressage Championships in the 1980s. Connie has been with Schleese since 1991. She has been very involved with Saddlefit4Life for the last 5 years, and is now concentrating her talents as Western Regional Client Services Manager.

Read Connie’s full bio on our website:

Featured Schleese Ambassadors

This month’s Ambassador spotlight is on Dawn Weniger. Dawn has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals, and has ridden to the large tour CDI level. Firstview Farm purchased their first Schleese saddle almost 20 years ago and now have four! The Wenigers are a Schleese family. The Wenigers offer training, lesson and sales at their facility in Apex, NC.
For more information about Dawn Weniger visit

Rider Testimonial:
“I’m pleased to say my Obrigado is great! Milo is going better than ever and it has been even more amazing for my position. I no longer fight to keep my legs below me and my seat bones are always locked in position. No more adjusting my seat every few strides to feel my seat bones! I’m so pleased with the saddle and can’t thank you and Jochen enough!”

-Julianne Ozolins – Australia

Read the full testimonial on our website.
Where is Jochen?
In April Jochen will have only two speaking engagements – MidWest Horse Fair in Wisconsin the weekend of April 11-14, and then the Mane Event at the end of the month in Alberta.
April Birthdays 
This month we are wishing Crystal (3rd), Cathy (5th), Sabine (19th) and Marie-Claire (21st) a very happy birthday!
Quote of the Month


Closing Stitches
SaddleFit 4 Life™ Course in Germany
Check out these great photos captured during the latest SaddleFit 4 Life™ trip to Germany where four new Certified Saddle Ergonomists were trained and certified by German Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese! Congratulations to our four latest graduates: Sabine Huf, Maike Wessel, Dagmar König and Antje Rüscher.
Saddle Fitters On the Road!
Check out this great selfie taken with “Spotty” in Virginia during a saddle fit evaluation! Photo taken by Karen Jackson, SFT.
Check out these great photos of Stephanie Alvord with her new boy, just arrived from Germany, introducing the gorgeous Self Made, nickname Elf. Congrats Stephanie!! Stephanie is pictured riding in a Schleese Triumph but usually rides in an HK.
A lovely photo from Joanne Bonnell in Missouri- Urraca and her Prolight! Special thanks to Karen Jackson for sending in the photo!
Suzanne and Rimini, Alex and Ariel – trying out the Prolight dressage! At Hickory Tale Farm, New Jersey! 
“Our first sunny day working outside in the ring! Gorgeous!”- Karen Jackson, SFT
Destiny made a new friend at Coopersburg EQ!


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I imported my Casanova from Germany 2 years ago.  He is a lovely mover, sound and bombproof.  But as time passed, I noticed he was not mentally and emotionally engaged.  He has a scar across his tongue, large spur marks, some arthritis on his neck and scar tissue on the sides of his mouth, which are gone now.  Took off my spurs, the double bridle and have done a lot of ground work. One of his problems was he would not stand still at the mounting block.  Changed saddles several times.  Everybody told me to swat him and make him stand still.  I did not. This lasted for almost a year, until I put my new Obrigado on him.  He stood still!!!!  And he stands still for me to mount every time!!!  He was speaking loud and clear until we found the answer.  Never a dull moment with our wonderful teachers and companions!

— Mary 'Mimi' Haddad - McAllan, TX

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