Well show season is starting, we have our first show on March 31st. I think my mare will be shedded out by then, she's already been loosing her winter coat, yeah! That's the good news.
My trainer hated my saddle that I bought for showing. I know it wasn't the best, but it was what I could afford at the time, fit me - for the most part, and was reasonably priced. Other riders often complimented me on it. But my trainer said, "get rid of it." So the hunt for the new show saddle has been on for about 2 months. Been looking online, ebay, classifieds, tack shops, trying to find the right saddle. I was looking at a Sargarents Silver Mesa, but I would have had to drive to Oregon to look at and sit in it. But I found a pretty nice Crates, locally to where I live, so I won't have to drive for 3 days to look at a saddle, just one day. I tried it out today and it fit my horse and my trainer said, yes! So here's the new saddle.
So, if anyone out there is looking for a nice starter show saddle or something that can just be ridden down the trail, I have a nice Simco Pleasure Show saddle, 16" seat, full quarter horse bars, sterling silver trim and conchos, basket weave stamp.