World-Wide Licensed Certified Saddle Ergonomists (CSEs)

S4L - CSE - Certificate of Validation - Jan 2015 - 2017 - Final Template-WITH BORDER

 

Below is a list of the licensed Certified Saddle Ergonomist, information about their continued professional development as well as the list of the participants who have been certified in the ongoing Equine Ergonomist courses.  To date, Saddlefit 4 Life®  has trained over 150 equine professionals worldwide; below is the list of those with qualified certifications:

 

 

World-Wide Licensed Certified Saddle Ergonomists (CSE)

Name S4L
Designation
Year
Certified
License
Valid Until:
Country
Jochen Schleese CSE 2006 2021  Global
Genevieve Kendell-Hayes CSE 2006 2016 Canada
Natalie Sauner CSE 2006 2018 North America
Denise Lenz CSE 2006 2018 North America
Matt Hirons CSE 2006 2018 United States
Luanne Reaume CSE 2006 2018 United States
Valerie Ponocny CSE 2009 2019 Germany – Switzerland
Jacqueline Overdevest CSE 2009 2019 Holland
Dietmar Kulczycki CSE 2009 2016 Austria
Sarah Mack CSE 2017 2019 Germany
Julia Dixon CSE 2011 2018 North America
Mariette Klemm CSE 2011 2018 Canada
Karen Loshbaugh CSE 2011 2016 United States
Ingeborg Taffijn CSE 2011 2019 Belgium, Netherlands, England, Guersney
Amanda Silver CSE 2012 2019 United States
Terri-Anne Dougherty CSE 2012 2019 United States
Anne Myrvoll CSE 2013 2019 Sweden
Katja Lange CSE 2013 2018 Germany
Kara Somerville CSE 2014 2019 United States
Immo Peltzer CSE 2014 2019 Germany
Isabell Landgraf-Kast CSE 2015 2019 Germany
Irene Polane CSE 2014 2019 Holland
Isabell Blomquist CSE 2014 2019 Finland
Mark Frantzke CSE 2015 2018 United States
Thilo Frank CSE 2015 2019 Germany
Ulrika Söderberg CSE 2015 2019 Sweden
Karen Jackson CSE 2016 2018 North America
Imke Maring CSE 2017 2019 United States (Alaska)
Anke Münch CSE 2017 2019 Germany
Jodi Lee James CSE 2018 2020

 

Please note!

S4L - CSE - Certificate of Validation - Jan 2015 - 2017 - Final Template-WITH BORDER

You may occasionally come across people who represent themselves as Certified Equine or Saddle Ergonomists in accordance with the Saddlefit 4 Life® courses. They may use their affiliation or past training with S4L for advertising, but in fact do not follow the S4L philosophy in the products they represent. Please make sure to always check the appropriate qualifications and ask for their ID/Certification card! If a saddle fitter works on your saddle without a current and valid license, you may lose the manufacturer’s warranty.

 

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andrea Jochen Schleese’s experiences and ‘aha’ moments while working as a saddler are truly unique. It is truly a great honour that he shares this knowledge with us in Suffering in Silence. The use of his plaster cast method to take ‘butt imprints’ of many men and women exemplifies the sometimes circuitous route he used to achieve this level of knowledge. This methodology clearly demonstrated the differences between male and female pelvises and was integrated into saddle designs for the benefit of both. Riding is a very demanding sport, and the only one in which the athlete is dependent on the interaction of another being in order to move. As a physiotherapist and a rider myself, I can only state how important it is that finally the differences between male and female anatomy have been taken into consideration to positively impact biomechanics. The topic of saddle fit is a key consideration when I teach my course in biomechanics of the rider at the German National Riding School in Warendorf.  The rider forms the horse and the saddle forms the rider – these two statements are not mutually exclusive. I often compare the saddle to a shoe, which should be comfortable to wear – except that this ‘shoe’ needs to fit two beings (horse and rider) equally well at the same time. This leaves the saddlemaker with a huge responsibility – one which requires a good basic knowledge in human and equine anatomy. Although many of my students are not consciously aware of the anatomical differences in male and female pelvises, they are nevertheless adamant that a saddle should work well for either gender (which infers that these differences need to be taken into consideration during design). I can only expect good things to result in the sport of riding when riders, trainers, veterinarians, saddlers and physiotherapists combine their expertise and experiences for the common good of horse and rider. Only then can the saddler fulfill his role as interface between horse and rider and open the door for discourse. This in a nutshell is the philosophy of Jochen Schleese. Knee rolls are of specific interest to me personally. Through personal observation, which is substantiated by research, the opportunities for human activity and movement continue to dwindle nowadays. Children spend much of their time in inactivity, watching TV, playing games on their computers and cell phones. The result is necessary prosthetic compensation to make up for this loss in muscle development; for riders it is the addition of huge knee rolls on the saddle, which help to keep the rider in a static position while hindering movement.  A pliable seat for the rider and taking up the rhythm in motion are no longer achievable. Although at first glance it may seem that the rider is sitting properly balanced and straight, it soon becomes apparent that the rider is actually sitting stiffly but thinking that this is the way it should feel. The complementary muscle interactions are not in harmonious states of contraction and relaxation, which means that the rider cannot give the aids properly. How can she properly relay the message to the horse to achieve rhythm, suppleness, and connection – which are only the requirements from the first training scale? The rider feels cramped, experiences pain and possibly long term damage (up to and including slipped discs and torn muscles).  This is the possible result regardless which discipline you ride in – which is why the saddle should not only be correct for the rider’s gender and anatomy, but also appropriate for the riding discipline.

— Andrea Koslik, Rider and Physiotherapist

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