I just purchased a Collegiate Senior Event saddle
. It's in nearly new condition - only used a few times, because it didn't fit the person's horse. It has just some very slight wear on the outside flap from the stirrup leathers. My instructor has one just like it, I LOVE it, I rode in it for 5 years - it's always been my favorite saddle. Her's is a little too big for me - it's an 18", but the one I just bought is a 17.5", so I think it will fit me. Now I'm hoping that it will fit my leased Percheron/Paint (he's not really THAT big) cross gelding. It's only a medium tree. But the wide tree I have from his owner now is WAY too wide, and fits him horribly (I bought a half pad for it, and it's a little better).
Anyway, interestingly, both my instructor herself, and her most advanced student, HATE that saddle. My instructor thinks it's "slippery", and my friend (her student), thinks the seat is too cushiony. But again, I love the hell out of that saddle. So, I was just wondering if anyone else agrees with me (or them!) about Collegiate saddles?