Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Why? I do not understand this concept. Why would you give a trophy saddle as a prize? A saddle is a very personal and important piece of tack. It must be correctly fitted to horse AND rider as well as be comfortable and functional for both. I have seen many trophy saddles for sale, and wonder, "Who would buy someone else's trophy saddle?" Really would you ride something that proclaimed that you were Calf Roping Champion 2003? What I don't understand is why not give a trophy bridle or a breastcollar? You could use that on any horse, and if not then, it is not just taking up a bunch of space. If they want to give a big nice trophy, perhaps a pair of engraved spurs or a nice buckle. I have seen trophy trailers too, heck who wouldn't take a new trailer? Here are some examples of some of the trophy saddles I have seen for sale recently...
Really, if you just HAVE to give a saddle as a trophy, why not give a gift certificate for a saddle from a tack store? That way the winner could pick exactly what he or she wants and make sure it fits.