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HDR Advantage Close Contact

Henri de Rivel
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Why We Love This

The HDR Advantage Close Contact Saddle is crafted by renowned leather goods maker, Henri de Rivel, giving you world-class European designs in the finest imported leather-all at a reasonable price! Henri de Rivel saddles and leather goods are not built on a massive assembly line like other saddles. Their riding equipment is expertly created with painstaking craftsmanship and an unmatched attention to detail.  The HDR Advantage Close Contact is a classic hunt seat saddle that is ideal for hunter and equitation classes.  The flat seat and padded flap offers the rider a good platform for both flat work and jumping.

Favorite Features

  • Square cantle
  • Padded flap
  • Available with either flocked or foam panels
  • 5 year tree warranty
Sizing It Up

Available in seat sizes 16, 16.5, 17, 17.5, 18 with the choice of either a medium or wide tree

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    HDR Advantage Close Contact is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard, slippery leather I've had this saddle for about a year and it is extremely comfortable. It fits true to size and fits most horses. The leather is very hard and slippery where my lower leg goes. I oil this saddle regularly and the leather has not softened at all. The saddle is extremely durable, though.
    Date published: 2015-12-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great first saddle Bought it used from a local tack shop. Previous owner wasn't too nice to it as it had a small rip on the cantle and some leather damage. The rip on the cantle I was able to stitch up easily and I noticed the leather damage when I cleaned it for the first time. I love this saddle and use it a lot. Would definitely recommend to other looking to buy their first saddle. Also I find it fits most horses comfortably.
    Date published: 2015-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saddle I bought this saddle back in 2008 and it is still the saddle I use to this day. I've beaten on it, and probably haven't taken very good care of it, but it is still in great condition. I would definitely purchase another one. It fits my round QH well too!
    Date published: 2015-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice saddle I bought this saddle for my daughter, who is just getting into jumping. I'm pleased with the quality of the saddle, as well as the price. The wide tree seems to fit her horse quite nicely.
    Date published: 2014-05-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for I bought this saddle a year ago and it has held up well, besides it is still very stiff. Also after I ride especially when it is hot outside, I will have brown stains on my saddle pads from the saddle! Which is very annoying especially with white or fleece saddle pads. So again the saddles price is good for what you get, but if you don't want a stiff saddle don't buy this saddle.
    Date published: 2013-09-27
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