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Old Meets New with Freedman’s Hunter SG Saddle

After many years of success with the World Cup Super Grip Saddle, our customers wanted more. After numerous customer demands for a show Hunter saddle, I got to work! I knew, this couldn’t be just another hunt seat saddle. The Freedman Hunt saddle had to perform and ride with the feel, fit and performance of all the successful cut backs we've made since the mid-90s.


French, English and German made hunter jumper saddles were making appearances in the flat class show rings of the Arabian, half Arabian, Morgan and recently American Saddlebred breeds. I realized that majority of the saddles being used, were not designed for showing horses on the flat vs. hunting and jumping. Leg flaps were too far forward, saddles were thick and padding was simply too bulky sitting riders way above their horse. Saddle trees weren’t suited for the Morgan, Saddlebred or Arabian and other show related breeds.


Working with our tree makers, we redesigned an old popular show hunt seat saddle tree from the 70s. Altering the twist to a medium width to match our popular World Cup Super Grip tree. I knew we could achieve better shoulder release and keep the saddle on these breeds backs without too much padding. Many of our existing cut back clients had been asking for a saddle that’s easy to ride, fits the breeds and has that Super Grip feel. To meet our customer needs, we designed a hunter saddle that performs like a cut back to suit the current frame of showing these breeds.



Our first big test ride came from prominent Morgan and Saddlebred trainer, Kristen Cater at the Morgan World and Grand Nationals in 2016. After winning the Championship Hunter class final I knew we got it right.

 “This saddle rides and has the feel of a cut back”.  -Kristen Cater

The Freedman Hunter SG Saddle has the look and feel of the best there is in the hunter world. The Super Grip Leather, straight flaps, and thin tufted panel make this saddle easy to ride and fit.

Other features include, removable thigh blocks, Dee’s for draw reins, chromium tanned billet straps and a quarter cut back medium wide square cantle old school wooden tree. The knee roll is minimal in thickness which helps keep riders centered in the correct athletic position. Allowing riders to stack bones and muscles to ride efficiently and comfortably over a long class or in a work out.


The Freedman Hunter SG, easy to ride, easy to fit. You and your horse will love it!


David Freedman

President & CEO



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  • DEb says...

    On February 08, 2018

    Do they come in a wide tree?

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