DP Jerez SKL, first impressions

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The second saddle from Deuber&Partner is on the writing block today, you all voted for me to write about the DP El Campo first, so here’s the link to that post! This time, I’ll give you my first impressions on my dream saddle, the DP Jerez SKL. Let’s go!

If you are familiar with the legendary DP Bückenburger or Amarant, you might recognise the classical, historical design of the seat.  It’s design was inspired by the original Baroque Saddle from the Marstall-Museum of the Princely School of Riding Art in Bueckeburg (Germany), and the Jerez features the same design, in a little more lightweight version.

The specs of my Jerez SKL:
Seat size: S1
Saddle leather: Havanna with antique finnish
Seat leather: Black aspen
Flocking: Medium
Channel width: Wide
Border tooling: G51 Small

Girth: Size 4, matching colours

Many are unfamiliar with this style of baroque saddle – and I fully understand why! In a world where you often ride English OR Western, the baroque saddles and tack often go under the radar for many, and end up looking like a proper curiosity.

The baroque saddles are often used for historical European riding, the “as old-school as you get it” way, for the Academic Art of Riding, Working Equitation, spanish/portugese traditional riding etc. In my experience, they have less opinions about your seat than a normal English saddle. What I really enjoy is that they allow you to, and almost empower you to, move and sit correctly. To some, it might feel a little weird to not have any support for especially your lower leg, but it’s something you get used to very fast. I love it!

The Jerez tips my pelvis just a tad backwards, which is something that helps me a considerable amount as a rider, as I tend to tip forward as a rider. Tipping forward ends up blocking my hips, and the movement from my horse. In many saddles I often feel like I am encouraged to sit straight up and down, and I end up fighting a little against the saddle. This happens far less in baroque saddles, and the unique seat of my Jerez tilts me in a far better direction. The saddle soft to sit in, but has enough structure to properly support my seat.

The picture below is one of my recent favourite pictures of my seat – Lillen is just happily trotting along and doing his thing, looking huge but nothing fancy… But I can see such an immediate and massive change in my posture. It is of course, for a stiff rider like me, a huge work-in-progress, and lots still need to improve – but I can SEE how this saddle allows me to get my pelvis where it has to be. I cannot wait to experiment with this, and learn how to sit better, and become a better rider.

If you don’t spend lots of time analysing my posture (I know I do, haha, but I hope you have better things to spend time on!), you might not see the “dramatic” change. But I feel it. And I love it!

In terms of fitting, it sat just perfect on Lillens back. Perfect. We’re still getting the saddle fitter out, of course, but once we put it on his back, it was as if the saddle makers at DP had made it just for him. Lillen really enjoys it. Brego, who got to model the Jerez and the matching bridle set (I had no idea they could use the black aspen leather as padding for the bridle and reins but they did! And it look SO GOOD) for some of these pictures, also felt amazing. It’s really a saddle that WANTS you to succeed as a rider.

I really like the feel of the black aspen leather too.

That’s all I have for you today about my first impressions on the saddle, as with the El Campo I’m planning on doing a review at 6 and 12 months too, and I cannot wait to see how we progress with these amazing saddles. Cue pictures!

And as you can see on the last picture there… Mother Nature had the audiacity to rain on my Jerez! So I had to run indoor with it (and the camera, haha!). I am planning lots of photoshoots in the near future.

Thank you so much, DP Saddlery LP and Deuber & Partner, I cannot wait to see where this saddle might take us!
Emma

DP El Campo, first impressions

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed something super exciting just happened – my tack from Deuber&Partner just came in, and it’s hard to describe properly how in awe I am! Let’s take a closer look at what was delivered to our front porch!

In the huge 57lbs/25kg package, that’s been in the works for months, was two saddles, matching bridles and reins, girths and stirrup leathers. I asked you on Instagram which saddle you wanted me to write about first, and most of you chose the El Campo with flower tooling. So here I am, ready to tell you all about it, and my first impressions of it!

The specifications of this saddle is:
Seat size: S1
Saddle leather: Havanna with antique finish
Seat leather: Nappa brown
Flocking: Medium
Channel width: Wide
The saddle has flower tooling along the border, as well as tooling on the cantle. Both are considered extra upcharge, but hello sexy! *hearteyeemoji*

Girth: Size 4, matching colours and tooling

When in proper use, I will use a thin, English dressage saddle pad underneath, to protect the saddle from sweat, dust and horse hair.
We’ve chosen to have the stirrup leathers underneath the saddle flap for now.

When I first started talking to Barbara from DP Saddlery LP, we decided fairly quick on the Jerez SKL – being my dream saddle and we had no doubts it would be an amazing match to the drafts. But I was so indecisive on which saddle would be the second one. I wanted something different than the baroque saddle, as I don’t always ride strictly baroque/historical dressage. Sadly, with drafts having their abnormally large shoulder blades in all the “wrong” angles, English dressage saddles are rarely able to wrap around the horse as they are designed to do on… dressage horses. Thus leading to a not-always-optimal fit for drafts.

So after a lot back and forth, I asked about the El Campo, and Barbara sent me a photo of perhaps (and excuse my language here) the sexiest saddle I’ve ever seen. Yes. YES! It’s built more like an English-type saddle, but on the same flocking as the baroque saddles, and after I saw the saddle sit beautifully on a very wide Irish cob, I was sold.

Now, we have yet to have our saddle fitter look at it, so if you think anything is off in the photos fitting-wise, don’t worry, we will have everything double checked! 🙂 But they survived ten minutes of childish excitement and some modelling, haha!

As I mentioned, there was also matching bridles and reins in the package, and here you can see the bridle and reins that match the El Campo! If you look close, the noseband and reins have the same tooling as the saddle and the attention to detail is outstanding. I’m just floored by the fact that they even had the opportunity, and took the time out of what I assume is a super busy schedule, to make a bridle to Lillen’s measurements. Amazed. I am simply amazed. They were even able to provide reins in Lillen size.

I am planning on doing an update review at 6 and 12 months. But! One of the most asked questions still has to be answered here: How does it feel to sit in it?

The seat is deep, but still open, which provides you with the ability to “move around” in the saddle to change your seat aids, without losing all support. It’s soft in both the seat and by the knee rolls, but there’s still lots of structure to support your seat. The twist in the seat feels narrow, but is not sharp, and widens a little towards the cantle. This helps me a lot, as I am able to tilt my pelvis a bit backwards (my personal biggest issue seat-wise is falling forward, blocking the horse with my stiffened hips). In some ways it does feel a lot like English dressage saddles, but the seat is far more open and allows for more adjustments and better communication.

The knee rolls are attached with velcro, which is a huge plus to me, as I have long thighs and can adjust them to fit my slightly awkward body. That’s all for now, will update blog. Cue picture spam!

All wrapped up and ready for its next ride!
Thank you so much, DP Saddlery LP and Deuber & Partner, I cannot wait to see where this saddle might take us!
Emma

Vikings!

Adventure avaits! For Narnia! And Aslan! And no we aren’t going to let those two hobbits behind, so we have to go and pick up those two too! Alright, let’s drop the fantasy and have a look at history. We Norwegians were pretty feared as the vikings we were, and to celebrate their culture, their handcraft and their legacy, we teamed up with Iver and Matilde to be vikings for a day.

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Borrekaupangen, a viking market hosted every second year. People travel from the entire country and from abroad to attend the marked with their handcrafts to sell, or to buy, or to just relax in the athmosphere. We went with our horses to ride through the narrow market in order to set the mood a little. Horses have always been important in our history, and bringing them to such an event made an impact on a lot of the attenders.

The horses did absolutely amazing, and didn’t even spook once. We encountered a lot of things we’ve never been forced to deal with before, yet the amounts of people was probably the biggest challenge (even though the horses were completely calm, so I guess it wasn’t that much of a challenge). Children of all ages, people who have never seen horses before, old people, wheelchairs and strollers – all cramming togheter in the marked to get a look at all the crafts presented. Brego even at one point had a toddler repeatedly slapping his eye, because the parents didn’t realize you need to guide a toddler to actually pet an animal. Brego handled it very well.

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Emma

We’re in the news!

Very awkward and a little awesome too! If you are somewhat fluent in Norwegian, or speak a Scandinavian language (in which you might understand most of it), you can read the article here. For those of you who don’t, and do not prefer to read a Google Translated version of the text, I have translated it as best I can, so you all can read it too!

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This picture went viral when Emma posted it in February. The woman on the picture is her mother, Gry Catinka Wold.

The gigantic horse with the same follower count as Jens Stoltenberg
(For those less political of you; Jens Stoltenberg is Norway’s x-prime minister of 8 years, and the current secretary general of the United Nations. Very famous guy.)

Jens Stoltenberg has about 40 000 followers on Instagram. Lillen, a horse from Asker, has too.

In February this year, Emma Wold (20) from Drengsrud, opened an Instagram account for their family horse, Lillen.
– He is an unusually gigantic horse, and I thought that the rest of the world might have some interest in seeing pictures of him, she says.

During the previous 6 months, the fan base has reached almost 40 000 from across the world, people who all pay close attention to the horse from Asker.
– I got a couple of hundred followers the first months, and thought it was great fun. Suddenly it all exploded over night, and I woke up to several thousands, Emma says.

She had never imagined the account to be such a success.
– I think people find him interesting because there is not a lot of horses like him.

The shire horse is nearly two meters tall, and weighs in at impressive 1.2 tonns. When they hack out, they receive a lot of strange looks.
– We rarely get to hack out in peace. Many feel frightened by his size, and we make sure to stop and talk to anyone who feels insecure. It usually works when they see how calm and relaxed he is, she laughs.

Emma is a dedicated amateur photographer, and most of the pictures posted is taken by herself.
– The most trending pictures are those who show off his size. When you put a human next to him, and the size difference is enhanced, the ‘likes’ pour in.

Emma herself is impressed of the growing fan group.
– It’s amazing that Lillen has as many followers as Jens Stoltenberg. You think of him as an important man, and then our clown of a horse is just as popular! It’s insane.

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When this picture was posted, it quickly went viral. Many was so puzzled by the size of the horse, they insisted the picture was photoshopped. On his back is Gry Catinka Wold.

The family bought Lillen five years ago, and imported him from Sweden.

– We had just been forced to put down a horse, and we were devastated. She left such big holes in our heart, we joked about how we needed a very big horse to fill those holes. So we went off to buy the biggest horse we could find, Emma says.

Owning such a large horse offers some unexpected challenges.

– We can’t find much good equipment for him here in Norway, so we import it from England. It is also difficult to take him places, as he won’t fit in an ordinary horse trailer.

Written by Camilla Island, for Budstikka.

Translated with permission by the journalist. Thank you so much for reaching out to me and writing a great article about us all! 🙂 I am not a professional translator, but hope it turned out fairly alright.

Emma