Graduating from Passier as the youngest ever Certified Master Saddler, Jochen came to Canada in 1986 as Official Saddler at the World Dressage Championships.

Jochen registered the trade of Saddlery in Ontario; the training facility is also the home of Schleese Saddlery Service. Having personally evaluated and fitted over 5000 saddles, Jochen teaches about the unique saddle requirements of the developing horse, and the importance of ensuring freedom of movement for both horse and rider. To address this ongoing saddle fitting requirement the AdapTree® was patented in 1996, designed to be adjusted to the horse’s changing conformation.

Jochen’s research (including rider ‘butt’ casts) revealed unique anatomical differences between male and female riders – leg length ratio, seat bones, curvature of spine, pubic symphysis etc.). Common issues among female riders – pelvic, back and hip discomfort and pain, result from riding in saddles designed for men and by men. Schleese Saddlery has evolved to become the world leader in saddle design for women by improving the comfort, position and back health for female riders.

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I just wanted to touch base with you after Alexa and Julia’s lecture yesterday afternoon. We are so excited to have made this connection with Schleese saddles because we were so impressed with their presentation last night! It was such a great learning opportunity for the students. Alexa and Julia did an amazing job engaging the students and creating a really fun learning environment. It is obvious that they work really well as a team. They both suggested I contact you to see if we could have them out again next time they are in the area. They said they would probably be back in the spring. We would like to make it mandatory for all of our riding students to attend the next lecture because of the valuable information presented. Thank you again!! Taylor

— Taylor James - Del Val University, Doylestown, PA

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