Former member of the German young rider’s 3-Day Event team, Jochen Schleese qualified for the European Championships in 1984. Unfortunately, he had to retire his horse due to lameness, which abruptly ended his riding career. Years later, through research Jochen discovered his horse’s lameness was caused by damage to the scapular cartilage from an ill-fitting saddle. This was the catalyst for Jochen’s life-long mission to prevent saddle related damage for all horses.
Jochen graduated from Passier in 1985 as the youngest Certified Master Saddler in Germany at the time. He came to Canada as the Official Saddler for the 1986 World Dressage Championships. Schleese Saddlery Service (1986) is the world leader in gender correct saddles, which can be fit and adjusted according to the biomechanics of movement and the development of the horse, through personal on-site or online saddle fit evaluations.
Jochen Schleese established Saddlefit 4 Life® (2006) as an independent organization to teach saddle fit evaluation and analyses, and certify professionals in equine and saddle ergonomics. Jochen has lectured at conferences throughout the world and is a frequent clinician at trade shows and equine forums worldwide.
Jochen's 2022 Presentations
Beyond the 9 Points of Saddle Fitting - 48 min. 2 sec. Day 1 Horse; Mind, Body Spirit
Biomechanics and Western Saddle Fit - Part 1 - 26 min. 43 sec. Day 1 Horse; Mind, Body Spirit
Biomechanics and Western Saddle Fit - Part 2 - 37 min. 36 sec. Day 2 Horse; Mind, Body Spirit