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post #1 of 16 Old 01-29-2010, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Collegiate Convertible Diploma

OH MY GOD! I AM IN LOVE!!! ME WANTY!!

A friend at the barn, offered me to use her Collegiate Diploma Convertible whenever I need it, since she isn't using hers at the time.

So I borrowed it tonight when I went out and rode Boo - and I have to say, I am very impressed.

The leather is beautiful, the saddle is well crafted, and it is soo comfortable! It placed me in a great position, and it felt like I was snug as a bug in a rug.

It fit like a glove!

SO I WANT!!!!

My Coach wants me to wait until Nelson gains weight and gets back into shape before I buy a saddle - which makes perfect sense and I agree - but this saddle, I have nothing negative to say about it!

I need to save up more money to afford a Collegiate Convirtible anyways - I only have $500 saved up and I need much more than that to get one of these saddles.

But just wanted to say LOVE THIS SADDLE!

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post #2 of 16 Old 01-30-2010, 06:24 AM
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I have never ridden in the diploma, but I loved my old collegiate senior event saddle (was my first saddle), it was so comfy and also put me in a great position.

Unfortunately it's a newer model so there aren't many great deals on them yet (I'll keep my eye out anyway. :p ).

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post #3 of 16 Old 01-30-2010, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks QHDragon! I appreciate that very much. I went to www.thefind.com and typed in Collegiate Convertible Diploma and the cheapest I can find is at Adams Saddlery for $7something.

More than what I have, so I definitely have to do some saving. I have $500 and dats dat. I also have to put $ into board and $ into my vet bills and $ towards gas and groceries and all that joyjoy stuff.

But since Eventing this season is slim to none due to Nelson's injury, I figure I'll get a new saddle for the guy.

It is such a nice saddle! I'll have to show it to you if you make your way back out to Lou Don.

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post #4 of 16 Old 01-30-2010, 02:03 PM
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Theres one in maryland for $575 http://www.tacktrader.com/show_item....3&share_this=Y

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^ that one is a 16.5
Theres a 18" here for $600 http://www.tacktrader.com/show_item....9&share_this=Y

Another 16.5, the ad doesn't say the model though http://www.tacktrader.com/show_item....7&share_this=Y


The alumni is similar to to the diploma
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post #6 of 16 Old 01-30-2010, 02:46 PM
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I have one (it's either a 17 or a 17.5) that doesn't fit my horse right, and it's too big for me. Comes with the whole gullet kit. I'm probably going to sell it for $650 or $600. OR a trade for a saddle that will fit the two of us better!

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OMG DraftEventer - if it is a 17.5" I will be very interested.

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Horseluver, thank you for your help. I've seen those same saddles as well.

I am not so sure if that 18" is a Diploma. I sent the link to a knowledgeable Saddle Person, and even she wasn't so sure.

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Looks like it's a diploma to me...what a weird angle to take a picture of saddle from, kind of like they are trying to hide something.

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I'll have to ask to see more pictures. The seat looks suede doesn't it *in the tacktrader add*

If I go with a new Collegiate, I think I'll go with the one from Adams Horse Supply that is on sale. If I can find a used one, cheaper - even better.

I need a 17.5" for sure.

I wonder if an 18" would be too big?


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post #10 of 16 Old 01-30-2010, 04:19 PM
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I noticed that too, but thought maybe it was the weird angle that was making it look that way. I don't think any collegiate saddles have suede seats.

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