Uh oh, Skippy!'s gonna be the stick in the muuuud :p
I actually did not like my Abetta at all, and I would never buy another for these reasons:
Skippy! fell over at the canter with it on my first week of owning it, and the synthetic material on the pommel just turned to confetti. My dad had to epoxy it back together and it left a battle scar
It was -impossible- to keep clean, or to clean. Unline my Wintec Synthetic... the Abetta's Synthetic material was some sort of fiber/fabric which absorbed the dirt. I tried to use a wet cloth to clean it but then my saddle would be wet for the entire afternoon and when it dried it didnt look black.
It was $390.00 when i bought it (which, in my opinion, for a synthetic is expensive.. again, thats just my opinion).
You could glance at it from across the ring and -know- it was synthetic.. Which made it look kind of cheesy to me. It also looked kind of cheap (even though it was nearly 400 bucks)
The Billets that came with the saddle were increadibly cheap and had to be replaced after 4 months of weekend riding (about 6 rides a week).
I know from reading this thread that a lot of other people had Abettas and loved them, but I personally couldn't be happier when my dad bought me my current western saddle, Which is a black Wintec Synthetic. Unlike the Abetta, this is what I like about the Wintec:
VERY easy to clean.. damp rag everything but the suede seat (my seat also has ornate stitching in it, the abetta didnt)
Bought it brand new for $210.00, and after many rides, including breaking a 3 year old that flipped over, it looks BRAND new.
I have showed in quite a few shows with it, even shows where you can earn points (APHA recognized) and felt like I still looked professional. The saddle also came with some conchos on it, just enough to make it look nice.
The offside billet was too thin for my taste, so i replaced it.. but Even after 4 years I am -still- using the original near sided billet and it hasnt frayed or stiffened.
Here is the brown one on Jeffers (wow, price has raised since i bought mine.. still very affordable). Wintec® All Rounder Saddle - Western Synthetic Saddles
I guess the downside on a Wintec for you would be that they have the square skirting... and most barrel racers don't like that. I barrel raced in it and did just fine :p Its lighter than my Dressage Saddle.
Im in the market for a Circle Y Park and Trail saddle just because i want a leather saddle. But there is no way im ever getting rid of my Wintec ^^
I hope my ramblings helped ya out some!