So I think I got a pretty good deal!
I scan Craigslist daily because I've been looking to invest in a decent Western saddle. I found an ad for a Circle Y show saddle, breastplate, and bridle/reins for $300 and was so excited! :)
I picked the saddle up and I almost feel like I robbed the person who sold it. It is 10 years old (from what I can deciper from the serial number) - but it is in mint condition. The only flaw is that some of the silver needs cleaning. It's sooooo gorgeous, all tooled with diamond cut silver accents on all of the pieces. The only thing I need to fix is that one of the reins is missing the chicago screw.
The best part is that the saddle was a perfect size for me, and seems to fit my horse like a dream. Now I need to get a new pad and also a cinch for it. Does anyone have any particular cinches that they really like?