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Saddle Stitch News - 08/07/2019

August 7th, 2019
Welcome New Staff Members

We are very happy to announce that this month we will be welcoming in the following new staff members to the
Schleese team! We are so excited about these new additions to our team and look forward to working with all of you!
Pictured from left to right, is Devin Moon (far left) Alec Hawkins (center left), Ryan Bennett (center) –
all three men are new Leather Workers in the shop.
Pictured next, is Mackenzie Jay – Business Development Administrator (center right).
And finally, Julia Alebrand (far right) returning to the front office as Regional Clinic Coordinator.

The Schleese Podcast

We are excited to announce the release of our Schleese Podcast Series, starting with our first episode featuring Grand Prix rider Christy Scotch. Christy is now an Ambassador for Schleese riding in a Let’s Dance saddle.
Listen to the first episode by clicking the link below.

Irwin takes Team Gold and Individual Silver at Pan Am Games

We are so proud to be a part of Tina Irwin’s team! This incredible duo won Team Gold and Individual Silver medals at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru! Congratulations to Tina and Laurencio!
View more photos in the closing stitches section below.
Read the full article on below:
SFT Spotlight
Deb is a Certified Equine Ergonomist who has been riding for over 40 years. In her youth she participated and competed in Vaulting, Western Trail and Three Day Eventing, but as an adult her focus has been in Dressage. She started her equine career as a working student for Grand Prix Dressage rider and S Judge Barbi Breen-Guley. Deb is friendly, approachable and very patient in listening and helping riders and horses with various saddle fitting issues. Her true passion is helping you find the right fit for both you and your horse. Learn more about Deb on our website.
Featured Schleese Ambassador
It is no surprise that Tina Irwin is our featured Ambassador of the month! Her trip to Lima this month for the 2019 Pan Am Games was a massive success, awarding her team Gold and individual Silver medals.
Read more about Tina Irwin on our website.
Rider Testimonial: 

“I am Honored and Proud to be Sponsored by Schleese Saddle Fit for Life! I have been waiting for years to get a brand new Schleese. I have had two used Schleese saddles and have ridden in several models, as my students have purchased them. I have the Pro Light Plus and I LOVE IT, as well as my young horse LOVES IT. In Kantisha CBF’s first CDS recognized show, second show total, she won the High Score of the day with a 74.483%. Is it the saddle, training, or is she born to win? All I know is this saddle really helps the horse to use her natural movement without any impediment. The saddle helps me to have a position that does not impede my horse, plus is so very easy to ride in. This saddle is one-of-a-kind, as it has Glamour options designed by me with a little bit of help from my Saddle Reps, Deb and Matt! I LOVE how it turned out and have had many lookers checking out the beauty of this saddle. Again, thanks to all who helped in getting this DREAM saddle made. My horse and I am so LUCKY to have such wonderful support.”

-Betsy Shelton -Springville, California
Read the full testimonial on our website.
Where is Jochen?
July was a fairly quiet month for Jochen, with only a trip to see our Florida clients during the last week and a half. He will take part in his sixth ‘Online Horse College’ podcast interview with Glenys Cox from Australia on July 24.
August will see a little more action, with our German Managing Director and Jochen’s sister Angelika Schleese joining us at the beginning of the month for strategy meetings. Then PBS will be visiting us to film our educational segment before Jochen leaves for a short New England trip. Mid-month sees him as a guest presenter at the ISES (International Society of Equitation Sciences) conference held at the University of Guelph this year (19-21) (They really need to change their acronym!!) with the last week of August spent at head office and in the surrounding area continuing to film his educational video shorts for our own channel and getting ready for our annual S4L one week intensive in September.
August Birthdays 
This month we are wishing Julia D(12th) and Linda (31st) a very happy birthday!
Quote of the Month


Closing Stitches
Saddle Fitters On the Road!
Check out these great snapshots from clinics in Florida, featuring Jochen and sent in by Julia.  

Chris and Connie had a great time in beautiful Montana at an event at Rebecca Farms. They managed to snatch the only shaded area on the property for this incredible Schleese booth! 

Tina Irwin riding in her Schleese saddle and accepting Individual Silver medal and Team Gold medal at the Pan Am Games 2019 in Lima, Peru. We are so proud to be a part of your team, Tina! Congratulations!
Check out this great photo from Kari Garner’s saddle fitting! Kari is a Schleese Ambassador. Visit our Facebook page for her testimonial video.
Who are these 2 staff members off to the barn on their Steel Horses?

Send your answers to Marie-Claire for a quick reply, or stay tuned for next month’s issue to find out the identity of these two mysterious bikers!


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I have a 12 year old Pura Raza Espanol (PRE) horse who has proved to be a real challenge to fit saddle-wise. He is classically Baroque in shape with a short back, big shoulders, wide chest, and thick muscled mutton withers that have been the downfall of two saddles. After I noticed the deterioration of his back muscles I tried adjusting his current saddle to no avail. I had seen Jochen Schleeses videos online about saddle fit and how he developed the Obrigado saddle. I understood everything the Lusitano breeder mentioned in the video had been explaining to him. I was fairly certain that was the saddle for me so spoke to a number of women in my barn who ride in the Schleese saddles for feedback. After listening to the fourth woman rave excitedly about her Schleese saddle (my inquiries included an equine message therapist who owns a mare from the same breeder as my guy and rides in the Obrigado) I called for a fitting hoping for miracles. It was pretty close to that. Natalie put a 17.5" Obrigado on my fellow, which was ½ inch smaller than my other saddles. She assured me I wouldn’tt feel the pressure on my pelvis that always caused me to go with the 18"seat. The funniest thing was my horse’s expression. As we tightened the girth he turned and looked at me as if to say, "Hey what is this? It feels different." I got on and yes, there was a miracle. Or as close to one as one could get having a horse go from stiff on the bit and hollow through the body, to yielding in all places, rounding into contact and actually executing a 10 metre volte softly with no resistance. The counter canter no longer felt like I was seated on a whirling blender, with my horse twisting wildly under me as we came around corners. The canter was up in front and I started exclaiming about my new horse! Perhaps the biggest reveal for me was when I dismounted. For the first time in 2 ½ years I got out of the saddle with no pain in my lower back or left hip. My legs weren’tt even stiff. The saddle literally corrected my posture each time I felt myself slipping. It helped me regain that three point seat they all rave about in the books and there was no constant dragging my legs back to get them into position. I could not believe the fit of a saddle could make such a difference not only for my horse but for me as a 5'3" petite woman. I actually apologized to my horse for putting him through two bad fitting saddles. He is a very charitable fellow so I think he forgave me.

— Kelly Buziak - Edmonton, Alberta

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