I just sold my beloved Stubben Siegfried because it was too big for me. I was planning on spending about the same amount of money that I sold it for to replace it with another Stubben when I ran across this on Ebay. It's a Beim Kloster Schonthal Sattlerei which I had never heard of but after a little digging, I found out they were bought out by Courbette in the late '70's. I've also read of people comparing them to the Stubben. The kicker was that the person who listed this saddle knew nothing about saddles period. It was listed by a guy who usually sells computer parts and said he came across it at an auction. He didn't know what size it was, how to measure it, or what a billet is. But he only wanted 169.00 shipping included buy it now. So I went for it, not knowing whether it would fit or what shape the billets were. I figured if it didn't fit, I'll just put it back on Ebay. Well it arrived today and wow! Billets are perfect, it's a 17" which is what I needed, and all it needed was some major oiling! I spent all afternoon oiling it and all I need now is a clean horse. It rained here the other day. I am soooooo excited. What do y'all think? Was it a decent deal? It's not a Stubben and it's actually a Trenck D which is a dressage saddle but I'm just riding flat work right now anyway so I think I'm going to keep it. I actually walked away with a little left over after selling my Stubben! Woohoo! Oh and did y'all know Courbette is out of business too and Stubben took over their inventory to liquidate it? I emailed Courbette to find out this saddle's age and Stubben emailed back to my surprise and said they couldn't help me because they didn't have access to Courbette's old records. I had no idea Courbette was history too.
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