Jochen Schleese wins Entrepreneur of the Year!

October 18th, 2014

Jochen Schleese, Founder of Schleese Saddlery Service and Saddlefit4Life, was named Entrepreneur of the Year on October 16 by the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce during the annual celebration of Business Excellence Awards. The Newmarket Business Excellence Awards were launched 25 years ago to celebrate excellence, innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship in business. Other categories awarded include innovation, not for profit, professional, franchise and manufacturing. Messages of congratulation to the Chamber came from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, as well as from Newmarket mayor His Honor Tony van Bynen.  Schleese has been previously recognized for entrepreneurial and business excellence with 4 regional Chamber awards, as well as an Award of Merit from the Ontario Provincial Chamber.

The Chamber was founded as the Newmarket Board of Trade in 1857 and is one of the oldest Chambers of Commerce in Canada. It presently has almost 900 members within York Region and the Greater Toronto Area, and is acclaimed as one of the top Chambers in Canada. One of the past winners was Robert Simpson (of ‘Simpson Sears’) who was a local town merchant.  Some other Chamber initiatives include membership in the Awesome Foundation, mentorship programs with the Young Professionals Group, and environmental consciousness with Smart Commute.

About Jochen Schleese

Jochen Schleese graduated from Passier as a Certified Master Saddler and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in North America, operating the only authorized saddlery training facility in Ontario. Schleese Saddlery Service is the world leading manufacturer of saddles designed for women, specializing in the unique anatomical requirements of female riders. Schleese authorized representatives and certified saddle ergonomists provide diagnostic saddle fit analysis and saddle fitting services across North America to maintain optimal saddle fit to horse and rider. Saddlefit 4 Life educational programs and certification courses are held throughout North America, Europe and Brazil. He has recently published his first book “Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses”, available from HorseBooksetc. and through Amazon.com in hard cover or e-format. www.Saddlesforwomen.com   www.Saddlefit4life.com  www.Schleese.com  800-225-2242

October 18, 2014

For further information please contact:

Cathy Rothery, Director of Marketing

cathy@schleese.com

1-800-225-2242 ex 23.

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Jochen saved my horse - even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together. Thank you to Jochen Schleese.  Jochen saved my horse’s career, and in doing so, shaped mine.  Even the vet school couldn’t provide an explanation of his symptoms. Understanding how the horse dictates saddle fit added a whole new dimension to my practice and helped countless clients and their horses.   The saddle fitting material in my book “Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About It” is largely due to your years of experience and passion for teaching. Passion for true horsemanship brings us all together.” My post-graduation experience of seeing numerous records filled with refills for steroids and antibiotics or frequent, needless joint injections soon left me desperately searching for a better way to practice. The ensuing experience (meeting with Certified Master Saddler Jochen Schleese) changed my life, and subsequently changed the lives of the horses I’ve been able to work with. When I met Jochen Schleese, the founder of Saddlefit 4 Life® and listened to his in-depth explanation of how saddle fit affects the horse, I had a revelation. Here was someone who could put all the pieces together for me with compassionate understanding for the horse. I will admit, when I understood how much pain I had caused my horse, and how he had continued to try to do his job for me in the face of that pain, I cried uncontrollably. Now I was armed with something different in making the decision – the knowledge of my horse’s anatomy, how it dictated proper saddle fit...and an option to correct his problems and continue to enjoy riding my horse knowing he is free of pain.”   Recognizing the Horse in Pain and What You Can Do About it - Video Icon for Website How to Use Thermography

— Joanna Robson DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA and Owner of Inspiritus Equine

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