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 2022 Global
Natalie Sauner CSE 2006 2021 North America
Denise Lenz CSE 2006 2021 North America
Matt Hirons CSE 2006 2021 United States
Luanne Reaume CSE 2006 2018 United States
Valerie Ponocny CSE 2009 2019 Germany – Switzerland
Jacqueline Overdevest CSE 2009 2021 Holland
Sarah Mack CSE 2017 2019 Germany
Julia Dixon CSE 2011 2021 North America
Mariette Klemm CSE 2011 2021 Canada
Ingeborg Taffijn CSE 2011 2021 Belgium, Netherlands, England, Guersney
Amanda Silver CSE 2012 2021 United States
Terri-Anne Dougherty CSE 2012 2021 United States
Anne Myrvoll CSE 2013 2021 Norway
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 2021 Sweden
Karen Jackson CSE 2016 2021 North America
Imke Maring CSE 2017 2021 United States (Alaska)
Anke Münch CSE 2017 2021 Germany
Jodi Lee James CSE 2018 2022 South Africa
Helene Van Staden CSE 2018 2022 South Africa
Shellea Ripley CSE 2018 2022 South Africa
Lisa-Marie Le Cok CSE 2018 2022 South Africa

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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ask_watlter_bookI have known Jochen as a talented rider and master of his trade since 1986. It is easy to recognize how much Jochen Schleese cares about the comfort and well-being of the horse. Many rider errors have their origins in poorly fitted saddles—to either horse or rider. Too many times these issues are simply ignored and that is why I cannot thank Jochen enough for bringing them to our attention in his book, which every rider who loves his horse should own. He uses illustrations and descriptions not only to discuss what a saddle should look like and that it should fit, but also how it should be fit to individual horses. Only then can the animal carry the unaccustomed weight of a rider and the saddle without pain.  The horse is not really made to carry any weight on its back – which is the second most sensitive spot after its mouth.  It really only becomes possible to do so after its back has been properly strengthened and trained to do so using specific training and gymnastic exercises. All of this was taken into consideration by Jochen during his many years of training and studying with his master in Germany, and later as a master saddler himself while establishing his business in his chosen land [Canada]. Especially Jochen’s experience as a successful competitor in 3-day eventing allowed him to observe and feel the necessity for freedom of movement required under saddle in all three gaits.  His own training had taught him that only a correct seat will facilitate the right aids to the horse. What happens when the rider is even only slightly out of balance?  This is where the saddle comes into the picture: one often sees the rider react by holding his head somewhat to the left or the right. This is the first mistake in the seat; from this he may collapse at the same hip and shift his weight to the other side to compensate. This will of course put more pressure on one side of the horse’s back. Then the rider pulls more on the opposite rein, the whole other side comes higher, and so forth. The result of such seemingly inconsequential errors in position that may go unnoticed or uncorrected for years may be a crooked saddle. It will not fit the horse properly any longer and secondly continue to place the rider in an incorrect seat. One shouldn’t underestimate the frequency or speed with which this crookedness and unevenness can happen. Many rider errors have their origin in poorly fitted saddles to either horse or rider.walter Too many times these issues are simply ignored and that is why I cannot thank Jochen enough for bringing them to our attention in his book ‘Suffering in Silence’. Every rider who loves his horse should own this book. Jochen discusses what to look for in a saddle and how to ensure it will not cause your horse any pain. Horses did not ask to be ridden, which is why it is so important to Jochen that he protect our four-legged partners from poor saddle fit. He is ensured a measure of gratitude from all horses for making their lives bearable and comfortable with properly fitting saddles. I thank him on behalf of riders everywhere, and also his wife Sabine who played just as big a role in the writing of ‘Suffering in Silence’. Jochen teaches discuss what a saddle should look like and that it should fit, but also how it should be fit to individual horses. Only then can the animal carry the unaccustomed weight of a rider and the saddle without pain.

— Walter A. Zettl, Olympic Level Dressage Coach, Professional Trainer Extraordinaire, Clinician and Author of Dressage in Harmony and The Circle of Trust

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