Hi there! Long time lurker and am hoping to tap into your depth of knowledge in my dressage saddle search. I’m an eventer and have been riding in mediocre dressage saddles for years, and decided to put some of what I saved by not showing in 2020 towards a better dressage saddle as we eye a prelim move up.
I’m working with an awesome saddle fitter who herself works with several brands, and completely fell in love with the County epiphany w/ forward flap she brought out - I think it was a combination of the close feel and deep seat. Unfortunately it is 100% out of my budget even on the used market, and I didn’t love anything else she brought out (including the other County models).
At this point I think my wish list is:
- deep seat, narrow twist
- wool flocked
- forward-ish flap (or just not super straight, to accommodate a long femur)
- monoflap, or similar feel
- possible to find an 18" M used for under $3500 max
Can anyone here speak to other brands/models that might feel similar to the forward flap epiphany? I’ve heard some of the Custom Icon models (specifically the Alpha and Star) might feel similar, anything else?
Thanks in advance!