5 Industry Award Nominations for Schleese
This is a stellar year for the Schleese Saddlery network, receiving industry wide recognition with five nominations for industry awards.
Jochen Schleese has been nominated for 3 separate awards: the Equine Industry Vision Award through AHP, Entrepreneur of the Year through the Chamber of Commerce, as well as Schleese Saddlery Service has been nominated as Manufacturer of the Year through the Chamber. Sabine Schleese has once again been nominated as a Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year through the RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) annual Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, as well as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women through the Women’s Executive Network.
The educational arm of the company, Saddlefit 4 Life, has recently received USDF accreditation for its many educational offerings, including onsite clinics, lectures, courses, and presentations.
In the past Schleese has been twice featured on Discovery Channel (Harrowsmith Country Life and How it’s Made) and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal Marketplace section, recognized for its innovations. The company was named “Best of the Best Manufacturer of the Year 2008” by Tack ‘n’Togs magazine and has been the recipient of many other business and industry awards over the 28 years the company has been operating in North America. Schleese continues to grow not only as the largest North American manufacturer with a network of client saddle fit specialists, but also through expanding its ‘product line’ to include ongoing Saddlefit 4 Life education and training for riders and equine professionals all over the world. This increased diversification positions Schleese as an global leader providing industry education to improve the health and well- being of horses and riders worldwide.
Jochen graduated from Passier as Certified Master Saddler and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in North America, operating the only authorized saddlery training facility in Ontario. Schleese Saddlery Service is the world leading manufacturer of saddles designed for women, specializing in the unique anatomical requirements of female riders. Schleese authorized representatives provide diagnostic saddle fit analysis and saddle fitting services across North America to maintain optimal saddle fit to horse and rider. Saddlefit 4 Life educational programs and certification courses are held throughout North America, Europe and Brazil.