During a recent web search, I came across a Dakota model 100 cutting saddle. I was quite surprised to find one, and was even more surprised to see that it is the exact same saddle I have.
|Fancy, new saddle...|
The website says the saddle has a fiberglass covered tree with Quarter Horse bars. There's no tree brand mentioned, but I'm fairly certain they're Steele trees. I plan on calling the nice folks over at Cultured Cowboy to see what I can find out about my current saddle. If my saddle's tree is in all of the Dakota saddles, chances are I could choose any saddle I like (with QH bars), and it would fit Lilly. My life would be super fantastic and awesome if that was the case. Dakota makes a really nice, high quality saddle for much less than someone like Circle Y. They custom make each saddle so they don't have the overhead, and I think I could get the perfect show saddle, with headstall and reins, for less than $1500.
In other news, I decided to go with the show clinic instead of the western dressage clinic. As much as I wanted to watch some western dressage, I thought the show clinic would be more beneficial to us and our quest to meet the goals I set for this year. I signed us up for showmanship and western horsemanship and I'm really looking forward to working with the judge and getting some good pointers. The clinic is on the 26th and I'm hoping the weather will be nice!