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Saddle Stitch News - 07/03/2018

July 3rd, 2018

Saddle Stitch: Your Monthly Internal Schleese News & Updates


Schleese as Finalist for Business Excellence Awards

Schleese is a finalist this year for a Bell Technology Innovation award through the Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards – we have won a number of Chamber awards over the years (the most recent Jochen as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and finalists in the Manufacturer of the Year awards in 2016), but this is truly an exciting recognition of the changes we are bringing to the table in the equestrian industry! Fingers crossed!

Featured Schleese Ambassador

This month’s featured Schleese Ambassador is Chad Basile!
Chad Basile is an award-winning rider, esteemed dressage trainer, and owner of Croft Hollow farm in Webster, New York where he breeds and raises world class horses.
“When you invest in a Schleese saddle, it is a lifelong partnership. Their saddle fitters travel to me and my clients and take the time to problem solve and get to know our horses in order to customize the best fitting saddle possible. They continue to provide me with on-going education on saddle fitting and answer all my questions with explanations that are easily understood.” – Chad Basile
 Read Chad’s full bio and testimonial on our website.

Rider Testimonial:

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!”
-Michelle Mueller, Olympia, Port Perry, ON, Canada
Read the full testimonial on our website:

Where is Jochen?

For the first couple of days of July, Jochen will still be in Russia, enjoying the World Cup (even though Germany disgracefully didn’t even make it through the qualifiers!) From there he flies back to Germany for a couple of days of training with the Saddle Ergonomists there, before coming home just in time for his birthday on July 8!  He is home only for a couple of days before leaving for Florida with Chris M. again. This is a fairly short trip, coming back on the 19th and heading right down to Toronto for the weekend, where Sabine will be dancing in the Can Am Dance Sport competition.
The rest of July will be fairly quiet, with only a couple of day trips planned and more time spent in the production shop working on our new and exciting products!

July Birthdays 

This month we are wishing Jochen (8th), Gerardo (15th), Natalie (28th) and Conor (31st) a very happy birthday!

Quote of the Month


Closing Stitches

Jochen at the World Cup in Russia
Check out these photos of Jochen and some friends (Glenn, Aaron and Peter) at the World Cup in Russia! Proudly representing Germany!
Western States Horse Expo 2018 
Take a look at these great photos of Schleese at the Western States Horse Expo this year. The event took place in Sacramento, California this year. Jochen spoke 3 times during the event, and even live-streamed a full lecture on our Facebook page.

Find an event near you


Dear Schleese team, All I can say after riding in my new Schleese saddle is, WOW!!! I ride a 20 year old quarter horse and he was like a different horse. He moved like a much younger horse, full speed ahead. I had so much fun riding in the Eagle. As for myself, no more band aids to prevent sores on my legs. I feel very secure jumping. This horse is very difficult to get on the bit and round. My riding instructor and I noticed that he is much more willing to go round and keep round. Not bad for a 20 year old school horse that was never taught to go round in his life. I also ride a thoroughbred school horse in his twenties. I look forward to putting the Schleese Eagle on this horse. My riding instructor told me that my leg position is the best that is has ever been. Thank you so much for designing such a wonderful product. It was well worth the expense. I know the horse thanks you too! He even looked happy

— Eva Stock - Elmhurst, IL

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