Yeah it really sucks down here. There are no horse resources that you can really trust and use. Even at lot of the people in this area don't know what they are doing. Or just have pasture pets and don't ride.
I totally understand that, travlingypsy! I'm in Washington, too, (far out in the country) and it is such a headache getting English stuff. I just order online the best that I can and hope it fits. It's a trial and error thing for me. I have to return most of the time just to get things right. I hope you find the right saddle for you! I agree, the Saddler sounds awesome...but probably not an option in my area, either. Drat!