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Close Contact Saddles

Outstanding selection of today’s most popular close contact English saddles for riders at every level. Saddles range from beginner to top professional quality that will be sure to exceed expectations.

  • Ideal for jumping and hunt seat equitation
  • Flatter seat with lower pommel and cantle
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Pinnacle Kirkby Close Contact Saddle
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  • Beautifully hand crafted from fine full grain English leather
  • Well-padded medium deep seat for optimal comfort
  • Features grippy padded knee rolls with movable knee blocks
  • 10 year warranty on the steel reinforced spring tree
  • Saddle only, fittings not included
  • Sizes: 16, 16.5, 17, 17.5, 18, 19
  • Gullet: Regular or wide
  • Twist: Medium
  • Flap: Regular
  • Flocking: Foam
  • Color: Caramel
  • Do you need a long flap? Check out #32120
$1,249.00 $999.99
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Pinnacle Penworth Close Contact English Saddle

Designed with leading hunter riders, this close contact saddle is made to fit a wide range of conformations without sacrificing comfort or style, making it the choice for both amateurs and professionals.


$1,999.99 $1,699.99
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Pessoa Vivaldi Close Contact Saddle with AMS Panels
The Vivaldi hunt seat saddle is the epitome of quality, style, class and outstanding comfort for both horse and rider.  This saddle is crafted from calfskin leather and has a calfskin covered memory foam seat and molded knee pads to keep riders secure and comfortable.  The AMS synthetic wool panels cushion disperses pressure evenly across the back, absorb shock and eliminates hot spots.  The Vivaldi has the X-Change gullet system so riders can change gullet plates to fit a variety of horses.
Features include:
  • Soft grippy calfskin covered flaps and calfskin covered memory foam seat
  • AMS synthetic wool panels absorb impact, distribute pressure evenly and doesn’t heat up
  • Euro stitching detail and molded knee pads
  • XCH system allows riders to customize fit for different horses
  • Close contact saddle has an already broke in feel
  • Ideal Hunt saddle for the flat or over fences
  • Color:  Havana
  • Sizes:  16 ½”, 17, 17 ½”, 18
 
$2,999.00 $2,995.00
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Pinnacle Kirkby Close Contact Saddle with Long Flap
  • Designed specifically for the taller, longer legged equestrian
  • The perfect choice for working on the flat or over fences
  • Built on steel spring tree with the finest English leather
  • Adjustable knee blocks ensure the proper leg position
  • Deeper seat sits rider very correct and well balanced
  • Saddle only, fittings not included
  • Sizes: 16.5, 17, 17.5, 18
  • Gullet: Regular
  • Twist: Medium
  • Flap: Long
  • Flocking: Foam
  • Color: Caramel
  • Do you need a regular flap? Check out #15578
$1,249.00 $999.99
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Pessoa Vivaldi Close Contact Saddle with Bayflex Panels
The Vivaldi hunt seat saddle is the epitome of quality, style, class and outstanding comfort for both horse and rider.  This saddle is crafted from calfskin leather and has a calfskin covered memory foam seat and molded knee pads to keep riders secure and comfortable.  The Bayflex panels cushion without the bulk, doesn’t heat up and can adjust itself to different pressures while maintaining shape.  The Vivaldi has the X-Change gullet system so riders can change gullet plates to fit a variety of horses.
 
Features include:
  • Soft grippy calfskin covered flaps and calfskin covered memory foam seat
  • Bayflex panels provides cushioning without the bulk, does not heat up or cause sore spots
  • Euro stitching detail and molded knee pads
  • XCH system allows riders to customize fit for different horses
  • Close contact saddle has an already broke in feel
  • Ideal Hunt saddle for the flat or over fences
  • Color:  Oakbark
  • Sizes:  16 ½”, 17, 17 ½”, 18
 
$2,995.00
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Pessoa Gen-X2 Saddle

The Pessoa® Gen-X2™ improves upon previous models with even more deluxe features. From its ultra-close contact molded knee rolls to the grippy calfskin covered seat and flaps, this close contact saddle will help put you in the perfect position and keep you there.

 

$2,095.00
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Toulouse Bretta Pro Close Contact Saddle
This innovative saddle is part of Toulouse’s Professional series and has a unique adjustable tree that expands from narrow to x-wide with the turn of a screw.  The French styled Bretta is crafted from Pull Leather which is the result of a unique tanning process to create ‘old world quality.’  The leather has a natural sticky feeling to keep riders secure in the saddle.  The Comfort Fit Technology foam panel consist of 2 layers of foam that are designed for the ultimate comfort for both horse and rider.  Each saddle is built over a hand-laminated, steel reinforced beech wood tree and is backed by a 10 year warranty.
 
Features include:
  • French styled close contact saddle is crafted form Pull Leather
  • Genesis adjustable (and locking) tree adjusts from narrow to x-wide with the turn of a screw
  • Pull leather is the result of a specialized tanning process to create ‘old world quality’
  • Comfort Fit Technology foam panels designed for the ultimate comfort for both horse/rider
  • Steel-reinforced beech wood tree with a 10 year warranty
  • Genesis adjustable tree is backed by a 10 year warranty
  • Color:  Chocolate
  • Sizes: 17”, 17 ½”, 18”
 
$2,319.00 $2,119.99
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Ovation San Telmo Saddle
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  • Designed for the longer legged rider featuring a more forward flap
  • Affordably combines balance, fit, solid construction and quality leather
  • Comfortable Bayflex panels and XCH changeable gullet system for optimal fit
  • Fully covered in grippy leather that feels like it has already been broken in
  • Medium deep seat, triangle knee rolls and thigh blocks
  • Gullet: Medium
  • Color: Brown
  • Sizes: 16.5, 17, 17.5, 18
$1,395.00
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PASSIERBLU® Motion Close Contact English Saddle

This close contact saddle is for riders who want a saddle that fits their horses perfectly and want to stand out from the rest.

Made to order, please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

$2,440.99 $2,310.99
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HDR Advantage CC Saddle
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  • Classic hunt saddle providing balance and comfort
  • Ideal for equitation, on the flat or for over fences
  • Built on a laminated beechwood tree and has medium knee blocks
  • Air cushion knee pads, square cut cantle and standard pommel height
  • Size:  15”, 16", 16 ½”, 17”, 17 ½” or 18”
  • Gullet:  Regular or wide
  • Twist:  Medium
  • Flap:  Regular
  • Flocking:  Wool
  • Color:  Oakbark
 
$695.00
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Bates Caprilli Close Contact Saddle

This close contact saddle offers exceptional balance and comfort for you and your horse. With the Easy-Change gullet this saddle is made to fit just about any horse.

$1,795.99 $1,595.99
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Wintec Pro Jump Saddle
  • Cutting edge deep seat jump saddle that includes top performance features
  • Lightweight, weatherproof and requires no oiling or waxing
  • Deep seat and narrow twist offer security and ultra-close contact
  • Ergonomic stirrup bar allows the buckle on leathers to be recessed
  • Customize your saddle with front and rear Flexibloc system
  • Features the CAIR panel system and Easy Change Gullet system 
  • Size:  16 ½”, 17” or 17 ½”
  • Color:  Brown
 
$1,100.00 $999.95

From companies like Pinnacle Kirkby, Pessoa Vivaldi, Joseph Sterling and Ovation, we have the highest quality close contact saddles. These top-notch saddles are made for beginning riders to seasoned professionals. They have features like a lower pommel and cantle and a flatter seat, and are designed for English disciplines such as hunt seat equitation, show jumping, cross-country and show jumping of eventing and foxhunting.

Features of the Jumping Saddle (Close Contact Saddle)

Also known as a “forward seat” or “close contact saddle,” the jumping saddle is made for show jumping, foxhunting, hunt seat equitation and eventing (cross-country and show jumping phases). Distinctive features include a forward-cut flap for shorter stirrup length. Often, there are padded knee rolls for support, mostly in the case of cross-country and show jumping. The seat’s balance is further back and relatively flat, with the pommel and cantle low so as not to interfere with the position needed for jumping.

Schneiders’ Premium Close Contact Saddles

We offer a wide selection of top-notch quality saddles from elite saddlers like Pessoa®, Marcel Toulouse, Pinnacle, Joseph Sterling, Stübben, Bates, Wintec and Ovation. Pessoa has more than 50 years of expertise that is poured into every saddle they make. M. Toulouse saddles are an artful merging of traditional craftsmanship and modern advances in saddle design and technology. Pinnacle saddles are handcrafted from the finest full grain English leather, while Joseph Sterling saddles feature handcrafted English Sedgwick leather, hand-rubbed edges, high stitch count and stainless steel hardware. Stübben is a company that was founded in 1894, and they are world renowned for their artisanal saddles. Bates is singularly focused on innovation, designing saddles that are comfortable and high performance, with superior adjustability. Wintec saddles offers leading edge designs and high standards in comfort, fit and performance for horse and rider.

For those on a tight budget, we also offer premium quality, economically priced saddles from Kincade, HDR Pro and Camelot™. Included in these models are excellent entry level saddles for novice riders and children’s saddles for young equestrians.