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Schleese Celebrates 30 Years by Giving Away 30 Saddles!

July 15th, 2016

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Schleese celebrates 30 years by giving away 30 saddles!
Schleese Saddlery Service announced today that as part of their 30th anniversary celebration, they will be giving away 30 saddles to deserving organizations or individuals over the coming year.

Jochen Schleese, owner and founder of Schleese and Saddlefit 4 Life®, says “We have been fortunate to be involved in the saddle business for the past thirty years and to celebrate we want to show our appreciation by helping others in the riding community”.

The program is designed to allow riders and organizations to recommend those who they feel are in need and deserving of an entry level Schleese saddle.  Recipients will be selected based on written applications received from the riding community nominating organizations or individuals that would benefit.

Schleese explained further by saying This is an expensive business and there is always a need for equipment. When we are in the field, we often hear stories of organizations or up and coming riders who sometimes need more than they can currently afford. We want to help places like local therapeutic riding associations, training centres, rescue or trail riding facilities as well as riders to achieve their goals just as we have achieved ours.”

Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd. will donate 30 entry level saddles over the course of the coming year to selected recipients based on the nominations made by the riding community.

Starting today, the community is encouraged to send letters to Sabine Schleese ( nominating recipients and explaining what you feel makes them deserving of one of these saddles. Winning nomination letters will be shared on our social media platforms and the first group of saddles will be awarded in October 2016 and quarterly thereafter over the coming year, ending on July 31, 2017.

Please note that the saddle we will choose for you may be an older model which has been previously used for demonstration purposes and modified for your use. We know you will enjoy it no less as it may already have been broken in for you.

About Jochen Schleese and Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd.

Jochen Schleese graduated from Passier as a Certified Master Saddler and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in North America, operating the only authorized saddlery training facility in Ontario. Schleese Saddlery Service 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 North America to maintain optimal saddle fit to horse and rider

Now with over 80 different models, including the new Obrigado and the soon-to-be release Tribute, Schleese also offers ‘Glam it up’ options on all its models for those riders looking for a little more ‘bling’ in their rides! For more information about Schleese Saddlery Ltd. please go to

Jochen Schleese is also the author of the best-selling “Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses”


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SSG Katie Ferencik joined the U.S. Army in the summer of 2001, and has served two tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is currently assigned as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) with Alaskan Command. Katie is attempting to become the first Soldier to compete internationally since the 1952 Olympics. Her partner, Horatio, is a 2004 Trakehner, and together they plan to debut in the Spring of 2018 at Prix St. George. Check out what Katie had to say about her Obrigado. "Congrats to Schleese Saddlery Service for 30 years (Jeeze, that's almost as old as I am!!) of wonderful service to horses and their riders. I'm proud to ride in Schleese, and can't wait to get my new Obrigado! You are constantly taking Horatio and I to the next level, and I'm so thankful that you're in my life. How weird is this?!? I'm pretty much expressing my love for a saddle maker/fitter(s?) in public.

Jochen, thinking of you - hope you are doing well - remember when I stopped you in the barn at Coto de Caza a couple of years ago, going on about how much of a fan I was of you? Probably not - but that's just because I stopped short of asking you to sign my saddle, I'm sure :) Connie and Mark Frantzke what can I say? You've believed in me from the moment we met, and your visits are highlights! You are wonderful people with an amazing way of looking at life. Thank you for your friendship - it means the world to me! My fellow dressage enthusiast, Frank, said it best in regards to the Obrigado, "I thought there was no way any other saddle could be more comfortable than my first Schleese, but then, incredibly, it was!" <-----my exact experience! Do you know what Obrigado means? (Not you, Schleese peeps, the public) It means Thank you, in Portuguese! Well, OBRIGADO, SCHLEESE! OBRIGADO! Congrats again - I'm taking this Saddlefit 4 Life and turning it into a Customer4Life." Check out Katie's thank you video!

— Katie Ferencik - Tucson, AZ

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