I am getting back into English riding after doing Western for a while, and I'm starting into hunter jumper. When I was doing Western, I got a dressage saddle to ride in so I could have more freedom of movement. I had been wanting to go back to English, and I finally made the switch a month or so ago.
Anyways, since my interests lie more in jumping, I'm looking to sell my dressage saddle, hopefully someone at the barn might be looking for a saddle. I'm interested in getting a Whitman close contact saddle, and it doesn't have knee rolls and is pretty flat. If you ride in the pancake-type saddles, do you find that this type of saddle helps your position? I normally ride in the barn's Pessoa, and I love that saddle, but I'm obviously not going to spend $2,000 on a saddle. I rode in a Crosby (I think) saddle a few weeks ago and I found I had to grip a fair bit with my knees when posting or my leg slid around.
Also, there is a stain on the cantle of this saddle, it is an oil stain. Would I get points off in a show for having this? I have attached a picture of the saddle. It is the right size for me, and I will have to ask the barn what size saddle fits the horse I normally ride.