I honestly cannot say enough good things about Verhan. Bernardo and Gigi, the owners, are husband and wife and so great to work with. My e-mails were usually responded to within a day if not sooner. I sent countless pictures and videos and eventually me tup with Bernardo when he was doing a fitting a few hours away. He is one of the nicest people I have met and has great knowledge of saddle building, anatomy, rider position etc. He has since come to my barn and was very well received there as well.
In terms of comparability to other saddles, I feel that my Verhan (Todd Minikus version) will last me for ever. I got the buffalo and it is wearing like iron so far. I think the French saddles are often more “delicate” and wear more quickly. Bernardo also went the extra mile to make my sure my very sensitive chestnut TB was comfortable by integrating Thinline pads into the panels under the flocking. I basically got a 100% custom saddle and great reliable service to back up the product for maybe $1,000 less than the other saddles mentioned.
P.S. I also think I remember Bernardo mentioning that they don’t actually sponsor any riders, so most of their business comes from word of mouth from satisfied customers.