Custom Saddlery is one of the biggest dressage saddle brands in the world. Some of their sponsored riders include Stephan Peters, Juan Matute Guimon, and Patrik Kittel. They also offer a range of jump saddles but I have personally had no experience with them but have heard good things.
Custom Saddlery offers 29 different models of dressage saddle with 4 different categories, Custom, Wolfgang, Icon, and through their partnership with Stephan Peters, Signature. All of these saddles are customizable from the color of the leather, the color of the welting and the stitching, and cantle designs.
I have had the pleasure to ride in multiple different models of Custom saddles in the past year. My trainer in Wellington, Fellow TPE writer Lauren Knopp, has all of her horses in them and when I ride with her, I ride in Custom. My goodness, I could not be more in love! They are so comfortable and really do help your leg get put and stay in the correct place the entire ride, even when you do get a bit unseated ;).
Most recently I rode in Custom’s Wolfgang Omni 2 Monoflap Saddle and it was such a dream. When riding a large strided horse, sometimes it is difficult to keep your leg in the correct place and not be put off balance. But, when I was riding Duke, a hefty 16.3hh gelding, my leg wasn’t slipping around at all, it felt just like I was on my own small strided pony, Pinky Promise.
Being a long-legged rider can sometimes be difficult in a dressage saddle because some knee block styles just don’t work. But fear not, Custom offers a wide variety of knee block styles to fit everyone’s needs. I personally love the look, feel, and security that the knee block that holds your thigh in place. I am someone who is longer in the femur/thigh region so full-length knee blocks don’t tend to be comfortable. So, if you are someone who is like me, definitely give this model a try!
The quality of the products used to make these saddle is impeccable. From the premium buffalo leather to the imported wool used to flock it to the premium wood tree, I don’t think you can get much better. The combination of these outstanding features plus being handcrafted in a state of the art facility provides both horse and rider with a custom fit masterpiece that is perfect for both parties.
When buying a saddle you want to have the best customer service that you can rely on every time. From the fitting of your saddle with your local representative all the way up to the designers of the saddle. I asked my favorite long time Custom Saddlery user, Lauren Knopp, her thoughts on their customer service and here is what she said:
“Custom Saddlery goes above and beyond to make sure their clients are happy. I’ve ridden in Custom for 6 years and I won’t ever ride in anything else. They always make sure your horse are well taken care of in every aspect.”
However, with all things, there must be at least be one flaw, though not unwarranted. Because these saddles are made with high-quality products and handled with such care, they come with a not so humble price tag. Base models start around $2,695 USD and goes up as customization is added. Luckily for those on a budget who would love to be the proud owners of a Custom Saddlery saddle, you can find consignment saddles through your local rep and online retailers. Large scale retailers such as Dover Saddlery and Smartpak also offer select models such as the Wolfgang Solo and Signature Stephan’s Advantage.
You can check Custom out on their website here, and follow them on Instagram @customsaddlery. Big thanks to Lauren Knopp for helping me out with this post and taking some awesome photos of Duke and me! If you are ever in Wellington and want a dressage lesson you can find all of her contact information on her website www.laurenknoppdressage.com. Hope y’all enjoyed this review on Custom Saddlery!
Until Next Time Preps,