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'Suffering in Silence' Wins a Winnie at the 2019 Equus Film Festival

By Sabine Schleesed|February 18th, 2020

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Suffering in Silence Wins a Winnie at the 2019 EQUUS Film Festival!

December 5-8, 2019 saw the EQUUS Film Festival host its inaugural appearance at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. This was the 7th annual event organized by its founder Lisa Diersen.

There were three days of author, artist and filmmaker panels featured along with the presentation of the various films and shorts up for awards. It was an interesting event that will certainly continue to evolve as the Horse Park is planned to become its permanent home.

Jochen Schleese’s best-selling book “Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses” was awarded the 2019 Winnie for the best educational book – an immense honour, given the calibre of nominees and authors present at this festival of Equine Arts. The book is presently in its third printing by Trafalgar Square Books and is used as the reference manual for saddle fitters all across the globe. It is a prerequisite for any attendees of the Saddlefit 4 Life Equine Ergonomics course taught by Schleese on five continents! The book is also available at in hardcover, paperback and e-book formats.

About Jochen Schleese and Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd.

Jochen Schleese got his certification as Master Saddler in Germany at the age of 22 and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in Ontario, Canada. 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.

He and his company have been the recipients of numerous business and industry awards over the years and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, twice on the Discovery Channel and soon on PBS. He has also won a “Winnie” award for his DVD “Beyond the 9 points of saddle fit” as best educational video in 2017 at the EQUUS Film Festival in NYC.

He is a regular guest lecturer at various equine and veterinary colleges around the world.

For more information about Jochen Schleese and Schleese Saddlery Ltd. please go to or


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