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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me. Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap! Happy, health, sound Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase. having this photo shoot was definitely a highlight of 2019! Continue lessons with Beth and Babette This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the

My Saddle Fitting Woes Might Be Over.....

Dreamy was seen by the saddle fitter Nancy Shedrick this past April.  Of course, our current dressage saddle, a Duett Fidelio, was just not working for her anymore.  I knew that, but I wanted to see if she could do something with it before I gave up.  The nice thing is that while the Duett no longer fits Dreamy, it does fit Reva quite nicely!  :)

So since April I have been searching for a new saddle.  I knew I only had a limited budget this time around, since I was not going to sell the Duett, which was $1650 new two years ago.  I could not spend that much again unless I was planning to resell the Duett.  

That left me with either buying a new cheaper saddle or a nicer but used saddle.  I opted to go with a used saddle, as none of the "cheaper" saddles I tried really fit her anyway.  :P  And plus I wanted a NICE saddle, not a cardboard one.  If I could afford it, I would have loved to buy a Custom from Nancy, but that was not going to happen unless I decided to not buy hay this year.......LOL yeah right.

So I tried:
  • Dover Circuit
  • County Competitor (I used to have one, my dad bought it for me new 100 years ago, but I sold it!  :( 
  • Collegiate Mentor
  • Klimke
  • Albion Original Comfort
  • Stubben Juventus
None of the first four fit!  The Klimke and the Dover Circuit were so bad on the crossties I never even sat in them.  The Albion and Stubben just came this past week.  Both actually fit her VERY well.  I thought the Stubben fit a little better, but I decided to ride in both.  The Albion was OK.  But not only was it in poorer cosmetic shape than the Stubben, it had a weird cantle and NO knee flaps.  My knee was almost over the edge of the flap too.  I like a good sized knee roll and I need a narrow twist.  The Albion was a bit more wide than I liked.  It rode OK, but not how I wanted to ride for the rest of forever on Dreamy.  LOL!

I LOVED the Stubben.  A Juventus is actually a children's saddle and they come from 14-17".  I, of course, need the 17" seat!  But I am only 5 feet tall so all the dressage saddles "normal" length flaps are wicked long for me.  My boot barely goes over the edge!  But the Juventus has shorter flaps.  It has a nice deep seat, great knee rolls, and a narrow twist, which is exactly how I like my dressage saddles I have figured out.  It rode very well and Dreamy was super happy with it on, so I figured this was it.  I had wanted to try to arrange to get Nancy out here when I had saddles to try, but that never happened, OF COURSE!  I just dread her telling me that the Juventus does not work!  :(

This is what the Juventus looks almost looks like an all purpose in this pic, but it totally rides like a dressage saddle.  It is super comfortable to me.  It does have a small superficial scratch on the cantle, but I am assuming it was a kid's saddle and the kid(s) probably did not take super care of it like I do with saddles.  And it has a funny Havana colored stripe on the front.  At first I kind of hated it, but I think it looks OK now.  Sort of unique.  :)

So I happily sent back the Albion and now have a new Stubben Juventus, 17" seat, 31 cm tree!  Well, new to me.  LOL!  I wrote to Stubben today and asked about the serial number to see what I could find out.  Seems Stubben tracks all their saddles and the US guy, Buddy Baird, is pretty serious about it.  Good old Buddy wrote me back in 18 minutes flat.  LOL!  Here is what he said:

This specific saddle has a unique past.
Born on was in our showroom as a proud addition to our facility until  06-07-2006. Then it was pressed into service by a Tack store in Va. that no longer is in operation.
Enjoy the ride
Buddy Baird
Stübben North America

I love how he said it was "born" and not made.  LOL!  I think Buddy loves his Stubbens!  :D  So my saddle was born in Stans, Switzerland (which Buddy tells me is near Luzern, like that helps.......LOL.  My Switzerland geography is not exactly um....existent!?) and sat in the Troy, Virgina, USA showroom for two years.  So even though my saddle is technically six years old, it has only been used for four years!  I got a great deal!!!!  

I registered it with Stubben today and supposedly I will be sent a care package for it.  LOL!  I have always heard Stubben was a great company.  

So now I am waiting to hear back from my saddle fitter so I can set up an appointment to be sure it is perfect for Dreamy's back.  :)  Gotta take care of my pony!


  1. I love the look of your new saddle! Especially the little brown stripe...I think it give it character!

    I'm having this same problem right now with Johnny as I am attempting to sell my current jumping saddle and buy a really nice used one that actually fits him. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my current saddle, but if it doesn't fit the horse then it just won't work!

    Good luck with your awesome new find!

  2. How neat! I didn't know Stubben could do that--where is the serial number located on the saddle?

    I've got an old Stubben that was a gift (many years ago) from a friend, and I'm sure we'd both love to know whatever history it has.

  3. Aarene - The serial number is on the flap sort of across from the billets. I want to say it was on the off side. Buddy's email is

  4. We have a Steubben dealer here in our state. She takes her Steubbens very seriously as well. I have learned what a great company they are from her. Hoping someday I will own one of their saddles. Hope this one fits your horse.


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