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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There is no other alternative for me and my horse. The industry needs more authentic visionaries like Jochen who have a real love for horses. Everyone would benefit- horses, riders – the industry!

— Isabella Sonntag, Publisher WuWei Verlag Germany

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