Sandra van den Hof

My name is Sandra van den Hof. Together with my partner Oscar Aerdts we represent Specialized Saddles in the Benelux. It all started years ago in my personal search for a saddle that would fit my gaited horses. I am a strong believer that a ‘gaited horse saddle’ does not exist. A saddle that fits the individual horse, that is what we need to be looking for. On top of that, the rider should be placed in a centered seat. As Centered Riding Instructor Level II, that is something I value a lot as well.

As a horse breeder and trainer I needed a saddle I could adjust myself to fit each individual horse. I ended up with a Specialized Saddle and soon my students also discovered the advantages of this unique fitting system. For both gaited and non-gaited horses Specialized Saddles offers unique options and is light weight on top of it. Finally sore backs and pressing spots are history. We invite Europeans to take a look at our website or make an appointment to visit us and see for yourself.

Sandra van den Hof

Website: www.specializedsaddles.eu
Phone: +32 11 666 158
Skype: Pleasuregaitstwh
Email: Info@specializedsaddles.eu

Address:
Kamertstraat 20
B-3940 Hechtel
Belgium

 

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Sharon Roper

Sharon Roper

We are Sharon Roper and Dave Dashner, and we live in Grand Junction CO. As you can see we love Arabs, here we are posing in our Arab costume during the horse expo, where we did our drill routine.

I have been raising Arabian horses for over 30 years with an emphasis on producing good performance horses for families.  My personal riding has been competitive trail and dressage, both disciplines that demand a great deal from the horse.

As a Registered Nurse, I have incorporated a very holistic view of horse care, and I use a multi-faceted approach to keeping horses healthy, willing and sound.  Good nutrition, proper conditioning and equipment that fits, is my approach to horse care.

After going through many different saddles in an attempt to find one that fit my horses and also was comfortable for me, I found Specialized Saddles!  I had been struggling with back soreness issues on my horses for the past 3 years and found myself getting very discouraged.  In hopes of solving this problem, I ordered a specialized Euro Light, and the very first ride my mare had no sore back to deal with.  My horse was moving as she never had before, improving her stride and way of going because she no longer had to guard her back from the unequal pressure of an ill-fitting saddle.  I was “sold” and decided to become a rep for Specialized Saddles.

What a blessing to be able to share these wonderful saddles with others and bring improved health, well-being and performance to their horses.

Sharon Roper
Good for your Horse

Website:  www.goodforyourhorse.com/
Email:  sjroper9345@aol.com
Phone: (970) 242-9278

Address:
255 Little Park Rd
Grand Junction CO 81507

Zsuzsu Illes

Zsuzsu Illes'Independent Fitter, Zsuzsu Illes’ approach to saddle fitting is based on age-old classical theories, and now scientifically-proven,  of equine and rider bio mechanics and balance-in-motion. Zsuzsu’s experience in training horses, from Mustangs to German Warmbloods, has taught her to look at the horse as a whole and as such, her thirst for learning remains as the inspiration to her practicing the art and science of saddle fitting.

Zsuzsu remains a lifelong student of Charles de Kunffy, Classical Master/Retired Judge/International Clinician; as well as Andy Sankey of Scotland, Certified Master Saddler  (Trade), the highest level achievable in the Society of Master Saddlers, Ltd. UK.

Zsuzsu Illes

Website:  www.rebalancesaddlefitting.com
Email: info@rebalancesaddlefitting.com
Phone: (818) 427-9733

South Orange County

Susan & David Hartje

Susan HartjeSusan & David Hartje, of Saddles That Fit!, have been fitting Endurance, English & Western saddles for ten years.  They focus on educating clients while helping find the best saddle possible, or improving current fit.

Susan’s fitting education includes studies with Master Saddlers and Equine Experts including Andy Sankey, Dr. Kerry Ridgeway, Dr. Joyce Harmon, Harry Whitney and others.  However, her best teachers are horses.

Susan is also a Certified Centered Riding Instructor and uses her understanding of Integrated Equine Health and Balanced Riding to help clients ride more effectively.

Saddles That Fit!
Susan & David Hartje

Website: www.saddlesthatfit.com
Email: tazzer22@earthlink.net
Phone: (209) 245-3789 (Home)
(916)508-3789 (Cell)

Address:
17121 DeMartini Rd.
Plymouth, CA 95669

Jack and Lisa Emory

Jack EmoryJack and Lisa Emory are lifelong horse people with over 60 years combined experience with various horse breeds and trail riding. They are active with the Bitterroot Back Country Horseman in Montana as well as being avid gaited horse enthusiasts. They practice natural horsemanship methods. Jack has worked as a professional back county guide and wrangler in some of the most rugged country in Montana. Lisa has written articles and been published in The Gaited Horse Magazine, Horse & Rider as well as The Trail Less Traveled. Jack and Lisa enjoy sharing their knowledge with others in clinics or one on one sessions. In their words….”We are passionate about good saddle fit because it can make all the difference for the horse”.

Saddle Outfitters
Jack and Lisa Emory

Website: www.saddleoutfitters.com
Email: lisaemory2001@yahoo.com
Phone: 406-961-1363 or 406-546-5774

Address:
PO Box 925
Corvallis, MT 59828

Cindy McDevitt

Cindy McDevittMy name is Cindy McDevitt.  I live and work on the East Coast of Florida and am a John Lyons Certified Trainer and Farrier.  I travel to train, teach clinics and lessons and am a dealer for Specialized saddles.  I have worked professionally in the horse industry since 1982 and have been riding in Specialized Saddles since 2004.  Being a trainer I am always looking for equipment that is both comfortable for me and my clients and puts you in a balanced seat. Riding a variety of shapes and sizes of horses the optimal saddle needed to be light and easily fitted as the horses back changed through training and conditioning.  I couldn’t afford to have a bunch of saddles to accommodate them all.  I fell in love with these saddles right away since there wasn’t any break in time they instantly feel wonderful!  When riding in Endurance rides my knees and ankles always feel great after finishing. That is a major plus!  It’s nice to have a saddle that is not only comfortable for yourself but your horse as well.  Once you have ridden in one of these saddles you will be hooked.

Sensible HorsemanshipEmail: seahorse@quixnet.net
Website:  www.sensiblehorsemanship.com
Phone: (772) 538-4432

Address:
13955 113th St.
Fellsmore, FL 32948

Dian Woodward and Christoph Schork

Dian WoodwardGlobal Endurance Training Center in Utah provides endurance clinics, hoof care clinics and saddle fitting seminars. We breed, train and condition horses for all levels of riders. Horses are for lease and sale.

Specialized Saddles just work so much better for us and our clients. Easy to adjust from horse to horse, light weight and yet a very secure feeling for the rider.

Dian Woodward and Christoph Schork – Moab, UT
Website: GlobalEndurance.com
E-Mail: info@globalendurance.com
Phone: (435) 719-4033

Address:
4381 E. Heather St.
Moab, UT 84532

Rick and Carol Brand

Rick BrandRick Brand (above) along with his wife Carol of The Lost Juniper Ranch
“The Lost Juniper Ranch is a small family run operation specializing in heavy weight endurance prospects as well as registered Arabians of all ages, from quality young stock to trail ready horses.

We raise, train, condition and breed endurance horses on our Owyhee county rangeland ranch in Idaho. Our goal is to produce, compete on and sell athletic, correct good minded horses for the endurance competitor.”

Rick and Carol Brand
Website: http://www.lostjuniperranch.com
Phone Number: (208) 834-2086
E-Mail: carol@endurance.net

Address:
5507 Bates Creek Rd.
Oreana, ID  83650

Jeanne and Tiger Steele

Jeanne SteeleJeanne and Tiger Steele ride gaited horses near their home in Carmel Valley CA. Jeanne is on her Icelandic, Scooter and Tiger on his Tennessee walker. They use Specialized Saddles and have helped many of their friends get the good fit and comfort only a Specialized Saddle can provide.

E-Mail: ST33L3@sbcglobal.net

Address:
35 W Garzas
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Heidi Helly

Heidi HellyHeidi Helly is an Endurance Trainer for horses and people, and says “Specialized has made my job just a little bit easier, thanks!” The above photo is from Git-R-Done ride in 2008, where Heidi & Andy received all A’s and placed 10th.

Thanks !

Heidi Helly – Harmony Ranch Arabians, Inc.

E-Mail: vchorsegal@aol.com
Phone: 760-749-4063

Address:
14110 Oak Glen Road
Valley Center, CA 92082