The first saddle I REALLY liked was the Beval Salem. The leather seemed reaaally nice, and the seat was grippy and SUPER comfortable. On the website the leather seems super light, but in person it's darker and more of a golden color.
My friend who just bought a horse two days ago was looking at the Philippe Fontaine saddles, and we both sat in the Danielle version. That saddle was not as grippy, but also super comfortable! The two price points on these saddles are quite similar.
Philippe Fontaine The Danielle Jumping Saddle Jumping Saddles English HorseLoverZ.com
I like both saddles a lot. I don't have my own horse yet, but may be leasing a horse in the near future and probably won't get the saddle until then. That tack store has a 4 day trial policy, so I can always try out the saddles. Which one do you guys like better? I liked both of these saddles better then the pessoas, barnsby's, and other "higher end" saddles in the store. I'd rather buy something that's comfortable for 7 or 8 years than uncomfortable for 15. I'll probably upgrade in a few years when I actually purchase my own horse, but for now, I'm deciding between these two. Thanks!