HighEnd Used Saddles, LLC, Saddlery & Harness, Tucson, AZ

Item #DG52C - Bruno Delgrange Virtuose 17.5/18 Regular Tree 2014

$ 2,295.00

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Bruno Delgrange Close Contact Jumping Saddle. Stamped 18 and runs a smidge small as is often the case with this brand. Measures approximately 17 ¾” to 18 by our tape, so may work for a rider who normally takes either a 17.5 or 18. This is the Virtuose model. If you loved the PJ Original from back in the day when they were still made by Bruno Delgrange, this is the current version made by Delgrange.  (Delgrange and PJ parted ways roughly around 2009, and PJ took the model name and started a new company. Thus newer PJs are made differently.) This model is known for the balloon-style knee pads, which I find wonderful for pressing your leg into for extra support as the jumps get larger or when your horse is spooky, as it adds extra security. Features the cutaway flap option for better contact through the lower leg with less bulk between horse and rider. Flap suitable for a rider of average height (flap measures comparable to a 2 or 2A flap in Antares, CWD, Devoucoux, Voltaire by our tape) and forward in position. Measures approximately 13” in length from the top of the stirrup bar where the buckle sits to the bottom of the flap and approximately 13.5” in width at the widest point.(Bruno Delgrange flap numbering system is a little different than other French brands, so this one is a 4A in Bruno which is one size shorter than standard for their 18” seat size. Visit our Saddle Brand Info link and scroll to Bruno Delgrange for more details on the standard flap lengths in BDG for each seat size:https://www.highendusedsaddles.com/pages/saddle-brand-info). Regular tree (no dots to take a dot-to-dot measurement, but I would describe it as a middle-of-the-road regular tree, neither running especially narrow nor running especially wide in my opinion).  Best suited to horses of average build. Front and back blocks. Has both billet guards (and I love the motto on them which is “One step closer to perfect riding”). Very good condition overall. I do see spots/mottled appearance in the color on the underside of the saddle, typical signs of use on billets, darkening on block edges. Two others things to point out which are not flaws but just the way the saddle was manufactured are that the batch of leather the seat was made from has some natural grain texture on one side of the edge of cantle; I also see that there is some “gathering” of the leather on the curved part of the panels where they are sewn  into the seat (not the part that lays against the horse or rider but rather the part that faces outwards to the air. This doesn’t affect the performance but I wanted to mention what I see. If you click on the main left and right side profile photos and double-click to enlarge to maximum size, you can see it faintly where the top of the panel connects to the piping trim.) Very comfortable, secure model in a top brand at a great price. Made in 2014. New close to $5,000. Ours just $2295