Ever since PoloGear perfected the Nic Roldan Generation II Free Shoulder Saddle we have wanted to incorporate some of the performance and comfort features we developed in the Free Shoulder into our less expensive saddle models. After several years of testing and modifications we are happy to announce the New 2020 Performance Saddle which offers significant improvements over other mid-priced saddles on the market. Honestly, it may be the most important changes in saddle design ever, offering improved performance at a mid-level price. As in all saddles what are we looking for? Performance for the horse, performance from the player, quality and durability. For the horse with the 2020 we have used wool flocking for a soft comfortable panel, a wide gullet and large panels offers great balance of saddle with horse that makes it extremely comfortable for the horse. Free shoulder features, without the free shoulder, offering significant improvement over the traditional approach. For the rider we have taken it to a new level. The superior fit of the saddle offers great stability and platform for the rider. A very soft, anti-slip vented leather seat, that grips like gorilla glue, and oil leather flaps that offer superior grip are standard in every saddle (greatly superior in grip to any traditional leather or even suede). Extra padding in the seat, feels like your most comfortable reading chair. And workmanship. Look at the quality of the detail and the hand craftmanship. It speaks for itself. In addition, the saddle has a very centered seat putting the rider and horse’s center of gravity together, resulting in an more comfort for the horse and superior performance for the rider. One of the most important characteristics of a saddle is to synch the rider and horse. Like in martial arts it all starts from the center and balance. The saddle is the most important conduit in the centering process as it is the connection point between the two. This saddle does a remarkable job in centering the rider and horse and putting the rider in a very balanced neutral position to ride and play from. The durability comes from quality materials, quality workmanship and a strong guarantee. The saddle and tree are warranted for two years against any manufacturing or material defects in addition to PoloGear’s 100 % customer satisfaction guarantee.