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Schleese Makes an Impact ‘Down Under’!
On November 10, 2018, Schleese embarked on a new Journey travelling halfway around the world to answer the pleas of many Australians to help them and their horses. Jochen was appearing at the 2018 Equitana Melbourne conference as an educational presenter, and Schleese was there together with Saddlefit 4 Life® to man the booth and teach aspiring equine ergonomists after the show.
The team received an overwhelmingly warm welcome at Equitana! Jochen’s talks brought full stands with standing room only. The rush of fans swarmed the booth for more information, selfies and autographs, conversation and more. The booth sold out in no time leaving us holding back inventory to use for the remainder of the trip and courses. The high point of the show was receiving the “Small exhibition display” award of the year. This award was presented in appreciation of not only the inviting booth set up and high-quality product, but for the team’s professional appearance, the engaging interaction with clients, and the crowd that was drawn to the booth at all times. The Schleese team was always the first there every morning and the last to leave every night.
With one day of rest between Equitana and the CEE course, they quickly filled the day with an Australian trainer, who ended up changing over his entire stable to Schleese saddles! The quality of horses presented to us, one after another impressed completely, with top-notch horses coming out of the woodwork.
The 20th of November was then the first full course day, with a great group of professionals who are now on their way to becoming Equine Ergonomists.
From Australia, Jochen flew to Johannesburg, where he was a panellist and presenter at the Dressage Forum, alongside such notables as Stephen Clarke and Hilary Clayton. While in South Africa, he spent time certifying the next group of Saddle Ergonomists as well as doing two one-day courses in Johannesburg and Durban area.
On from there to the Saddle Research Trust in Nottingham, UK, where Schleese was a sponsor of such presenters as Dr. Sue Dyson and biomechanics expert Russell Guire.
All in all a round-the-world whirlwind trip that proved very worthwhile!
About Jochen Schleese and Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd.
Jochen Schleese got his certification as Master Saddler at the age of 22 and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in North America. With over 80 different models designed over the years, Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd 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 the globe to maintain optimal saddle fit to horse and rider.
Jochen is the author of the best-selling “Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses”, now in its third printing by Trafalgar Square and available in hard copy, digital, paperback and soon audio versions at amazon.com
He is a regular guest lecturer at various equine and veterinary colleges around North America and Europe.
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