Friday, July 12, 2013

10 Most Popular Saddles of 2013: #10

This post is part of a series exploring the 10 most popular saddles from Horse Saddle Shop over the first half of 2013.

#10: Circle Y 1528 Barrel Saddle | Price: $1545.99

If you need to go fast and look good doing it, the Kelly Kaminski 1528 barrel saddle is a good choice.

You cannot miss the bling on this saddle. It starts with the clear crystal mosaic conchos from the skirt to the Cheyenne roll cantle. Circle Y has also included decorative flank plates for a little extra shine around the back.

We love the impeccable deep flower tooling and the soft quality leather. You’ll also notice straight stitching around the cantle and skirt. Topping it off is a beautiful rawhide-laced horn for a little extra strength and a nice finished look. “Quality” on this saddle is an understatement.

Customers are always impressed with this saddle’s “sticking power” in the seat. Circle Y created this with a 5” cantle and sued seat. Couple that with the smaller seat sizes desired by most barrel racers and this saddle gives you the impression that you’re Velcroed in.

Kelly helped design the horn so that both height and style help you lock your elbow into your hip around the barrels for consistent turns.

We were impressed by the minimal 21lbs. that this saddle weighs in at – in part made possible by the extra light Flex2 tree.

Between the Flex2 tree and the thick synthetic blend fleece, your horse should be just as comfortable as you in this saddle – one of Kelly Kaminski’s requests when developing this design.

Overall, this is one of our best barrel saddles at a fantastic price. You can get more information on this saddle over at

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