Cortina? Collegiate? English saddles - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 11-09-2009, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Pickton, TX
Posts: 555
• Horses: 3
Cortina? Collegiate? English saddles

I've been think I would try an english saddle. I came across these two brands. What are your experiences with them?
Crimsonhorse01 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 11-09-2009, 09:41 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Copley, OH
Posts: 4,760
• Horses: 1
I just bought a Collegiate Convertable Senior Event...and Love it! I could not fit into any CC saddles for whatever reason, but I wanted more than an AP, for jumping. This saddle is a nice cross between the two, and very comfy!

It also has the Easy Change Gullet System, so it'll fit any horse! (and I changed the gullet myself, it really IS easy by the way!) Here are pics of mine that I had taken when I was trying it out...







*Please excuse the fact that I was wearing flip flops and no helmet that day BTW lol Hadn't planned on riding her (which also explains the lead rope tied together for reins on her halter haha!)

"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you..."
Hoofprints in the Sand is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 11-09-2009, 09:52 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: on a farm, duh!
Posts: 3,475
• Horses: 2
I'm getting a Stubben soon...... they are AMAZING saddles and last FOREVER

Jumping a horse = Getting wings!
Why live on the edge when you can jump off?- Greenwood Horse Trials Tee-Shirt
StormyBlues is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 03:26 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Sultan, WA
Posts: 471
• Horses: 0
To pick one over the other, Collegiate without a doubt!

I'm assuming they are both used, older saddles that you're looking at since I don't think Cortina even exists anymore! Cortina's were pretty cheap, crummy Argentine saddles. Older Collegiates were distributed by Miller's (same company that made Crosby's at the time). They had great balance and medium-quality materials. Pretty sure they were also made in Argentina. Collegiate has made a good name for itself in mid-range saddlery.

Of course, I supposed I must add........whatever fits your horse and your bum the best is the best saddle to choose!

~Gina~
Monte - 15 year old Paint/TB
Auric - 13 year old Arab
Equina is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 08:40 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NW PA
Posts: 686
• Horses: 0
Cortina is an old entry-level brand of Miller Harness, made in Argentina, but made better than Kincade is today. I think Millers dropped the Cortina and Borelli names in the '80s, so it's an old saddle. That may or may not be bad. I don't think Cortina has a spring tree, but Borelli saddles did.

Collegiate is what replaced the Borelli name. If it has RD on it, it's a Ruiz Diaz saddle and they make Ovation saddles now, in Argentina. Weatherbeeta owns the Collegiate name now and some or all of them are made in Vietnam.
Tack Collector is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Pickton, TX
Posts: 555
• Horses: 3
Thank you everyone for the info and advice!
Crimsonhorse01 is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 12:28 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Copley, OH
Posts: 4,760
• Horses: 1
Yes, I should have let everyone know...mine is a brand new Collegiate Senior Event, just in case anyone was wondering about the style/make, etc. But I'm sure most probably already figured it out when I said it had the Easy Change Gullet System

"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you..."
Hoofprints in the Sand is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 11-10-2009, 01:57 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 3,220
• Horses: 0
I've been slowly replacing all of our school horse saddles. I've been the most pleased wtih Collegiates in terms of quality for price and the way they put people's legs and fit the horses. They're great!
upnover is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 11-11-2009, 10:40 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 3,119
• Horses: 2
I loved my collegiate! I really want to get another. I found that it was really comfy and put me in a good position as well as fit a wide variety of horses.
QHDragon is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 11-11-2009, 11:43 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
I have Collegiate AP and it's comfy, but not great for jumping. I left it for trail riding (it's very deep seat).
kitten_Val is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
english saddles rottenweiler English Riding 16 10-30-2009 10:27 AM
English saddles???? Shawneen Horse Tack and Equipment 13 05-12-2009 06:36 PM
Collegiate Saddles? Sir Drake Horse Tack and Equipment 8 04-11-2009 08:43 PM
17.5 Stubben and Collegiate saddles for sale IrishRider Tack and Equipment Classifieds 4 01-07-2009 10:59 AM
English Saddles Abby English Riding 11 04-26-2008 10:36 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome