Thursday, 12 January 2012

Zaldi Makes Off-Side Side Saddles!

Last year Zaldi came out with their newest and nicest model of side saddle called the Lady England which is based on a Mayhew Lissadel even with the correct Mayhew safety stirrup bar.


(Photo from Zaldi)

Becca Holland from the Flying Foxes Side Saddle Display Team, has been to the Zaldi factory and see their Lady England tree and she said that it is a proper made tree. She also suggested that I contact Hold Your Horses, where she is ordering her Lady England side saddle from as they are the UK authorized dealers of Zaldi saddles, to see if they could ask Zaldi about making an off-side saddle for me.

Well, Lesley from Hold Your Horses got back to me after I inquired and she said that Zaldi would make me a custom off-side Lady England with with the reverse Mayhew safety stirrup fitting! She quoted me a price which I thought was VERY, VERY reasonable for a CUSTOM OFF-SIDE side saddle although she did say that if she was able to get 5 orders together for off-sides, then she could renegotiate the price for me. SO if any one is wanting an off-side, then let me know as the more people we can get, the cheaper the price. Email me at crinolinegirl @ corsetsandcrinolines.com for more information (take out the space before and after the @ symbol in my email address).

This week's issue of Horse and Hound also came out today and in it was a mini article on the lack of off-side side saddles and the demand for them. It is talks about Lucinda Sims who is the grandaughter of Betty Skelton, about how she had to give up riding aside two years ago due to her having arthritis in her right hip (same as me) and in her knee and how if she could find an off-side side saddle, then she would be able to ride without pain again. The article goes on to quote Laura Dempsey about how rare they are, how they are not able to be made any more due to lack of trees and how most of them end up going to the USA. Then the author quoted me about me finding my Beck Morrow and being able to ride without pain in it!

I've tried to email Lucinda Sims about the off-side Zaldi side saddle but her email address keeps bouncing. I'm going to try again tomorrow and if not, contact the author at Horse and Hound if she can pass on the message for me as she takes side saddle lessons from Lucinda Sims.

Hopefully, this article will kick start some more interest in off-side riding as the demand is there and in 2012, you would think that the technology would be there to make an off-side tree easily. Hopefully Zaldi will be able to fill this void in the market now.

10 comments:

  1. Wow wee.. that is a beautiful saddle!

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  2. It will be interesting to see how well they do. Zaldi makes nice quality tack in general; I have a couple of their bridles.

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  3. I know Julie! A modern Mayhew if you like! :)

    I remember in the 80's how Zaldi tack was considered a bit cheapy, kind of on the same level as Argentinian tack but over the last 20 years, they've really gone quality. It's starting to become a more popular brand here in the UK with prices often competing with Walsall made tack.

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  4. I saw a Zaldi Lady England at the SPOGA international horse fair (a trade only show) in Germany in 2010. I was very impressed with the quality and the panels where as they should be... Uneven, which a lot of modern side saddles lack. It was very comfy to sit in and they quoted me a very good price. They also told me that they get the trees made in England. I have an idea where the trees are made but as I am not certain I shall not say. However, if I am right I can guarantee that it is a very well made tree. Anyway, I know you will not be disappointed :-) Lissy x

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  5. Thank you Lissy, this is good news to hear! :)

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  6. Who sells Zaldi saddles in the US?

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  7. Does anyone have any photos of the Lady England?

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  8. selle dangeureuse à éviter.Arçon merdique.

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  9. Wow- i am so filled with hope now- after giving up any hope of being able to ride again due to debilitating arthritis in my right hip and knee, while having been a professional hunter/jumper rider and coaching for the past 20 years, and being quite devastated owning 20 horses together with my Mom, and being a therapeutic riding coach i wondered about side-saddles, and if an off-side saddle could be built for under 5K- i would love to be added to your contact list for the Zaldi order- ponypalstra@yahoo.ca, and my name is Candice- if they made something that was adaptable left and right we would purchase one for the therapeutic riding program as well. Thanks so much for blogging and sharing- you've brought hope and joy to me!

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  10. Hi Candice, unfortunately, I never heard anything more about Zaldi's off-side side saddles so I assume they aren't making them. To be honest, I have not heard good reviews about the Zaldi Lady England saddle. I have heard several accounts from ladies of the fixed head bending as they are just bolted onto the trees!!

    HOWEVER, all is not lost as my friend Sarah who runs, A Bit on the Side Saddle here in the UK (see the link in the side bar), has plans for a reasonably priced off-side and I have seen the trees she uses and they are GOOD!

    Watch this space!!

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