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post #1 of 8 Old 02-06-2012, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Collegiate saddles

Has anyone used or heard of the collegiate laureate? I am interested in them along with some other brands and I would love to know what your thoughts are;)
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-06-2012, 05:06 PM
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i haven't had an opportunity to ride in one of these but i will say that i have yet to like the leather or craftsmanship of any of the newer collegiates. :(
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-06-2012, 05:34 PM
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The only thing I have against Collegiate, is that sometimes the stirrup bars are not recessed and you either get a nasty bruise on your thigh or you purchase a special "low profile" buckle stirrup leather. I have a Collegiate dressage saddle that I absolutly love, it is newer and I had a graduate years ago that I liked but that one had the sturrip bar issue and so I sold it. Collegiate used to be made by Millers HC as a cheaper line from their Crosby brand, but that was 20 some years ago. I don't know who makes it now.
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i think they were bought by Wintec/Bates from Millers. i really liked the Millers product line but not what is coming out from Wintec/Bates now. sad because i love love love my graduate saddle.
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So, summed up, if I'm looking into the collegiates I should look for a older one, since the newer ones aren't as good quality as the older ones? If this IS true, anyone have any "cheaper" names that they recommend? ;) thanks for your help!
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-06-2012, 06:50 PM
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Wintec is OK, I hate the feel of the synthetic leather, but the equisuede material is nice and grippy ( as long as you don't care too much about looks lol). I would look into the used saddles, you can get nicer ones at a good price usually.

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i would most certainly look for a well cared for, good quality used saddle. the stubbens, ime, tend to get hard and the seat feels like you're riding on a concrete block but i have found that the older collegiates and crosbys are quite nice (assuming that you are looking for a close contact saddle!).
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-06-2012, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again! I'll start looking into the other brands:)
Oh and yes, I am looking for a close contact:)
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