Hi, I am new here but with few horse-friends I thought I would reach out for some opinions on the newer model Collegiate saddles. I have seen some much older reviews of Collegiates with mixed reviews and was looking for something a little more up to date. I am in search of a dressage and a CC/jump saddle for my new horse, a 7yo TB gelding. He has ‘normal’ conformation, not narrow, not wide - wither is there but with a decent amount of muscle developed around it. There’s not much more info I can give other than he is just a normal thoroughbred with the appropriate amount of weight on him.
Anyway, I would really love to have a dressage saddle (for at home schooling) AND a jump saddle (for home and potentially comps in future) and have found Collegiates to be affordable / in my budget. Specifically, I am looking at the Collegiate Esteem (dressage) and Collegiate Honour (jump). Has anyone bought a Collegiate recently? If so, what is your experience in terms of quality, fit, value for money etc.? Does anyone know where they are manufactured?
I’ll also add - his previous owner had him in a Prestige jumping saddle, medium gullet which fit well. I will also be using an accredited saddle fitter.
Any reviews are greatly appreciated! Thank you