Thursday, October 21, 2010

Old Champion & Wilton Verses New

I found this interesting antique ad for Champion and Wilton saddle, which led me to wonder ......





.......after looking at this picture of me learning how to ride on my Champion and Wilton saddle... was mine the older version..or the newer one?

5 comments:

Merideth in Wyoming said...

Guessing from your position in the photo and the ad, I would say yours was the 'newer' safety saddle. Glad you are back! I enjoy your blog.

Sydney_bitless said...

I am glad your back I really missed your blog. I would say it looks like the newer version.

sidesaddlegirl said...

Yours is a newer one as the ad makers meant those dipped seated side saddles without a cutback head.

You can see in the ad how the pommel on the "old" saddle is raised at the front to accommodate the withers making the seat dip towards the back whereas with a cutback head (seen on the "new" saddle), a flatter seat was now possible.

From what I've seen of C&W's, including the 1910's one I had, all the flat seated ones tend to have a slight dip in them anyways to accommodate the female thigh.

I remember reading this in one of my side saddle books (I think it was Rosamund Owen), saying that all good saddles will have a very slight dip of about 1/2"- 1" to accommodate our fuller thighs.

It seems to be the C&W's made just before or after WWII that tend to be made with a perfectly flat Owen style seat.

Laura M. said...

Wow, love the ad and your photo is gorgeous! I'm dreaming of the day I can afford a C&W... friend of mine just got one so if it fits my horse I might borrow it :)

gowestferalwoman said...

I noticed the positioning right away - it seems the older version has the rider twisting to ride forward, and the newer one has the rider forward..

It looks from the photo you provided that you are riding the newer one?