Cassie Cherry- Rider
Meg Williams - Trainer
Claire Darnell - Rider
Jennifer Truett - Sponsored Rider
Let me just say I adore my new Borné "bespoke" saddle almost as much as I adore the horse for which is was designed and made! I had a vision in my head of the saddle I wanted for my mare and with Borné 's help, the vision came true! From the very precise measurements that Borné saddle fitter, Dena Owens, made at the outset and then again before final work and shipment, to the great communication and rapport established with Karen Borné. They took my sketches and made them come to life with the talented craftsmanship of Andy Sankey. It was a pleasure to work with all of them. The saddle fits my, hard to fit, large shouldered mare, um, well, like it was made for her! LOL I couldn't be happier! And neither could my Divine Dream! Her gaits have doubled with the freedom she now enjoys in her new "Divine Butterscotch" bespoke saddle. I highly recommend getting a saddle custom made to your horse, and I HIGHLY recommend when you do, go to Borné!Alicia Frese-Klenk
I thought I should send you this as a testimony to your efforts in finding a saddle to fit Chester. If you look at the second photo, you will see Shannon Dueck on the platform holding her bronze medal for Canada Team 2 from the Nations Cup competition last week. No question that your efforts helped my boy get to this point in his training. Many thanks and hope all is well.Beth Ferber
I am so thrilled to finally be in my very special saddle. It is absolutely beautiful and fits both myself and Atticus perfectly! The stingray is just enough bling to make it unique and interesting! Atticus was so miserable in his previous saddle that it finally led to bad behavior and ulcers. I now have a new horse that is happy in his work and progressing rapidly. We just scored a 66.9% at third level which was a real success knowing where we had been three months ago.
Lea Ann did a fantastic job helping me find the right saddle for Atticus . Her knowledge of saddle fitting both static and with movement is amazing. Her understanding of equine massage, biomechanics and saddle fitting gives her a unique ability to fit the rider and horse correctly. She is wonderful to work with! Last, I wanted to thank you also for the beautiful polo and jacket. They fit perfectly and I will wear your logo with pride when I am at shows!
Jessica W. Beier, M.D.
Tifton Pathological Services
Tift Regional Medical Center
Thank you for your wonderful saddles. I have six of your saddles in the barn and I love them all and so do my students. We all agree that the Borné saddles allow the horses to move free and correct because your saddles allow for freedom and movement in all the right places. I have tried many different brands but Borné surpasses them all, not only by quality but also fit for horse and rider. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful product that helps me balance horses properly to help them achieve their best levels of performance while moving free of pain.
Owner/Trainer AP Dressage
San Diego, CA
I would just briefly like to thank you for my fantastic Borné Dressage Saddle. I cannot tell you how much of a difference it makes on my horse, Charlie Brown, and in my riding.
As you know, I have had several custom saddles in my life. Not a one has come close to the fit of my Borné. As an Adult Amateur Rider of several disciplines, I know the value and importance of having a saddle that fits both horse and rider.
As an "older" rider, I have more than my share of joint and muscle issues to due aging. One particular issue is my hip flexors causing pain as I practice my dressage flatwork. This fabulous saddle makes all those lessons come to life and worth all the dollars I invest in learning. In my Borné I can really secure my seat and communicate properly and pain-free with Charlie Brown. WOW! What a difference!!!
As Chairman of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission I have seen my share of saddle vendors come to the Horse Park with promises. Frankly, your Borné saddle is the first I have tried that has lived up to it's potential and promises. You truly stand by your product and change lives. Thank you for changing mine.
Alston M. Kerr
Commissioner, Kentucky Horse Park
When I finally rode my horse in my new Borne saddle, I was like... WOW...it felt great! My thigh fell into place, my seat felt the deepest part of the saddle right away, and I felt so comfortable in the saddle that my immediate attention was towards my balance and aids as I was riding.
I am so happy with this saddle that I felt that I had to tell everyone in the barn about it, not with the intention to promote the saddle, but with the intention to let my fellow riders in my barn know, that with this Borne saddle, you can find your balance and stability just by sitting in it."
Once Candy determined the correct tree shape for Verito's back, we tried it on him and he instantly told us how happy he was. The horse who was always so difficult to get in front of my leg, was moving forward feely under me. His training progressed more in one month's time than we had in the previous six months.
The quality of the saddle is impeccable and it was delivered in a reasonable amount of time. Borné stands behind their work and their saddles and is committed to insuring a proper fit, at a reasonable price, for even the most complicated horses. In Verito's case, he has a short flat back, minimally developed shoulder, and big, pushing gaits. Every saddle I put on him rode up on his shoulder and lifted in the back. I thought that finding a saddle that could stay with him and centered and balanced was impossible.
Thank you Candy and Borné for proving me wrong. Verito and I are thrilled!
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
Postural Alignment Specialist, Level 1 Egoscue
USDF Bronze Medalist
I was originally able to ride in a Borné saddle during a clinic. The clinic provided a great opportunity for various Borné saddles to be tested for basic fit on my new horse, Schoentell. Later on, a wither tracing and various photos of my horse helped clarify his particular needs.
Timing was in our favor. The new Borné 'Flexion 360' was just becoming available and proved to provide the ideal tree for my horse. The optional velcro knee blocks are great! I love the versatility of having two different sized blocks. For me, the narrow block allows more room for my long thigh to comfortably drape against the horse.
Thank you for the excellent customer service. Your follow through to be sure we were comfortable with the saddle after the purchase was sincerely appreciated. Schoentell and I thank you for helping us both finally get comfortable. We just participated in our first show and received scores of 68.2% and 72.8% for our Training Level rides!"
Liz Piacentini & Schoentell
Photo by Elizabeth Dufrense
Maple Valley, WA
After spending some time with Karen and her associate who explained the conformation of my mare's back and the types of saddles to look for, I was able to quickly find a used saddle that fit me and my mare perfectly. I remain impressed by the time spent by Karen to solve my problem even though I was not purchasing a custom saddle from her. I know from past experience that it is rare to find this sort of business ethics these days.
Bottom line: it was all about the horse for Borné, not about selling a saddle. I came to Borné a stranger but left as a friend and if this mare turns out to be a "keeper", I can't wait to discover the advantages of a Borné saddle!
June M. Scholl
Flying Solo Farm, LLC
In Harmony Saddle Fitting
While you have made a clear mark in the dressage saddle industry, thank you for transitioning that same magic and brilliance to jumping. You are wonderful!
Thank you Borné Saddlery!
Cat Spring, TX
We are so happy with the quality of the product and the customer service, we have since had our Westmanton Stables clients purchase saddles from Karen Borné.
Thank you to Borné Saddlery for all your help and support!
Trainer, Bereiter FN
Westmanton Stables, LLC
Castle Rock, CO
Priscilla Clark. Owner/Operator
New England Horse Transport
I was very specific about what I wanted and Borné Saddlery delivered, down to the last detail. Karen listened to what I had to say, asked lots of questions, answered lots of questions, until we finally arrived at what is now The Duchess saddle, which is truly a luxury saddle that is indeed "Riding Couture."
Thank you, Karen, for making a dream come true!"
Melonie Rainey, Owner
Her first saddle was fine when she was only four, but when we started working her more, her muscles developed and she changed drastically. I encountered a rocky road in my quest for a better saddle. I happened upon the opportunity to try out some saddles that a friend of a friend said . . . and you know how that goes. I was skeptical and jaded after so many failures. I was starting to feel guilty riding my horse in all these uncomfortable saddles. I knew her previous saddle was off in fit but never realized how much until I tried out a Borné saddle. Her movements changed right away. I went ahead and ordered a saddle and waited to see if the final product would live up to expectations. I was thrilled in her response!
The twist is different but for me it was an easy adjustment. The main thing is that my horse's back is less stressed and her movements are more expressive. As a veterinarian, I know that ill saddle fit and back problems can be a major issue. Weight is evenly distributed over a wider area than any saddle I have seen, and if I can eliminate/decrease one factor, then I have accomplished my goals as an owner as well as a veterinarian.
The Ambassador saddle is well made by a Master Saddler, the design well thought, the price really great, and the customer service nearly flawless. I highly recommend the Borné saddles for anyone, but especially for all Friesian owners."
Tram Le Williams (Tram Le, D.V.M.)
Ladera Ranch, CA
I run a very large Riding School with a 50+ stall boarding operation and have a very large percentage of my clientele riding in Borné Saddles. We now have one of every Borné saddle model in my barn and I'm proud to say that everyone has had a positive experience. Karen always ensures that her saddles fit properly and goes above and beyond everyone's expectations for good customer service even if complications arise months after saddle delivery. I always tell my clients that Borné Saddles are a great investment no matter how serious a rider you are because they have such long useful life spans since they can be altered as your horse's body changes. Throughout your horse's education, the saddle flocking can be adjusted, the tree can be widened or narrowed one time, and even the panels can be remade to better fit your changing horse.
No matter what your needs are, if you are shopping for a new dressage, eventing or jumping saddle, you won't find a better company to work with or a better saddle to have in your tack room. You will be forever satisfied with your decision to purchase a totally-custom Borné Saddle for you and your horse.
Dancing Horse Farm of Ohio
I purchased my Borné Saddle when my horse was showing 2nd Level and I do feel that the saddle has played an important role in his progress to FEI. I have several clients who also purchased a custom Borné saddle for their horses and are just as thrilled with their saddles as I am!
Many thanks to Karen Borne for providing such wonderful service.
The Buffalo and Elk leather gives me a whole new riding experience and the deep seat has helped my posture. I am just thrilled to finally have found the perfect saddle for me and my horse.