Does anyone have an opinion of Henri de Revel (HDR) saddles?
Specificly a 16" Revella Denver Classic for a 4'6" 70 lb girl to be fitted to tb mare. Thanks in advance.
A friend of mine bought a HDR Advantage because it was the only thing she could find that fit her slender QH. I rode in it a few times, and it was comfortable for being fairly new. I'm not sure how well they hold up though.
I owned a HDR Pro for just long enough to clean it and put it right back on eBay! I was NOT impressed with the leather quality. It had been ridden in just a couple times and the color had completely worn off the flaps from the stirrup leathers.
I think the Rivella is the highest end HDR, right? I haven't seen one in person, but they look nice in photos. I like the detail on the skits of the Denver Classic. I'd recommend trying to find one used...you could probably get one for under $500. And if you don't like it, you could easily re-sell it for around the same amount. Or, does your local tack shop offer trials?
If you do get a HDR, I'd recommend keeping the seat area just behind the pommel well conditioned so that the leather can stretch and won't tear at the seams.
The HDR's seem to be hit and miss. Some of them seem ok, some of them are really cheap. Unfortunately I don't remember which ones are which. In general I think it's one of the better lower end saddles but like what was said before, the leather tends to be cheap and I don't think they've been around long enough to see if they really hold up. I've found that the resale value really isn't that great compared to something more popular, say, a used pessoa. But maybe they're getting better? That being said, I have several different bridles and my HDR is my favorite! (it's the most expensive of their line so I imagine the best quality leather) It's very soft and nicer then my Jaguar, Circuit, and Harmon Kraft.