I'm no expert but I would go with American Sadderly...whoosh..did you see the weight of those saddles? Some days I can hardly lift my almost 30 lb saddle! The length is also shorter on the Am Saddle which matters if your horses back is a bit short. In the end it is the one that fits your horse that matters the most. Good Luck
Is American Saddlery a good brand? I've heard of them but don't know details. I really like the look of it and the prices is good too. I have no idea about Circle S. I've realized there are a heck of a lot Circle _?___ names. Circle XYZ.
I am surprised no one else posted yet. I am no expert but recently there was a post about someone asking about Am Saddlerly and another brand, don't remember what the other brand was but was not a US product. Whoever posted said American Sad.. wasn't too bad and was made in the US. Do a search in the search box and see what you can find.
Don't know anything about Circle S and you could do a search on that as well.
I was able to Google Circle S and read up on what was said about them on another forum among some other places. Im not still not sure what to think about Circle S but they are my second choice anyways. Im not really in love with the saddle. Im not a full tooled saddle kind of person.
I wouldn't be roping everyday or doing real hard work. It would be more learning, helping and just having fun. I know they are heavy which is a little concerning since we do more team penning and trail riding then anything. My dad always rides in a roper no matter what he does but he has always done ranch work as his main riding. He team pens and trail rides in a roper so I figured it would be ok.
I'd preferably like a pleaser saddle since they are more light weight but I really haven't found one that I love the look of. I know the main thing is it fitting me and my horse as close to perfect as I can get it but I still have to think its pretty. Lol.