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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As quoted in the Certified Horsemanship Association February Monthly Newsletter "I recently attended a nine day intensive saddle fitting course conducted by Jochen Schleese. Jochen and his wife, Sabine, have attended two of CHA's International conferences.  I was intrigued by his demos on how saddles are made differently for men and women. This year in Amarillo, he went into more detail about fitting saddles properly to horses to prevent serious injury.  He is passionate about helping horses and by offering this course to professionals in the horse industry, we can do our part in having healthy horses and educated riders. This 3-day course event covered how saddles [may] cause injury and how little has been done in the last 100 years to prevent these injuries.  By educating professionals who deal with horses on a daily basis on how to properly evaluate a saddle fit can go a long way in making horses healthy.  by teaching an 80 Point Evaluation, taking into account, the shoulder angles, wither shape, saddle support area and making sure critical pressure points are not impinged on by the saddle is just a small segment of this course.  The Schleese's passion for helping horses is much the same as CHA's mission statement for riding instructors.  It is for the good of the horse.  Taking these courses reminded me of my certification week to become a CHA instructor.  A huge highlight of my life with horses."  Check our Saddlefit4life.com and the book "Suffering in Silence."

— Lori Maciulewicz - Regional Director for Region 6

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