Custom Saddlery, maker of the Official Saddle of the United States Dressage Team, is dedicated to providing equestrians with top-quality handcrafted saddles. Such dedication includes employing a team of expert saddle fitters to ensure a comfortable and effective saddle for both horse and rider. Florida native Frank Tobias has recently joined Custom Saddlery as the company’s South Florida saddle fitter and representative. Tobias is based in Wellington, Florida year-round.
Before becoming a professional saddle fitter, Frank Tobias, originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, earned a bachelor’s degree in finance at the University of Florida, and then built a company restoring vintage Porsche racecars. Tobias’s wife Lauren, an eventer and dressage rider, introduced him to the equestrian world 15 years ago. Tobias’s interest was immediately sparked. He began a career as a farrier, and studied horses’ biomechanics to further assist his equine clients. “I realized how important saddle design and fit is,” said Tobias. “I find that I am able to correct more things with the saddle than I am with shoeing. Shoeing is reactive; saddle fitting is proactive.”
After that realization, Tobias knew he wanted a career in saddle fitting. “I studied with a German Master Saddler, and became certified as a saddle fitter in 2012. I now work as an independent saddle fitter and rep for Custom,” explained Tobias. “I love working with horses.”
Tobias’s skills will certainly be utilized in the upcoming year, as many of the top U.S. jumper and dressage riders will be in South Florida for the winter, campaigning for a place on the United States Olympic Team. As Custom Saddlery is the Official Saddle of the United States Dressage Team, many of these top dressage competitors already ride in Custom Saddlery tack. Additionally, Custom Saddlery’s president, Cary Wallace, has shared that new saddle models will be released soon — giving Tobias even more resources to create the perfect fit.
When asked what first attracted him to Custom Saddlery, Tobias said, “I love their saddles. Custom Saddlery builds a fantastic saddle and offers a variety of tree sizes and shapes to fit the different back shapes and sizes of my clients’ horses. With so many options, I can always find the saddle that is right for both horse and rider, and then make the final adjustments to find that perfect fit.”
When asked what his favorite saddle is, Tobias explained that Custom Saddlery’s Wolfgang Solo works great for many riders. “I also really like the Custom Everest saddle because it works well with the big-shouldered horses that I see in the Wellington area,” Tobias added.
“Cary Wallace, Custom Saddlery’s president, is incredibly knowledgeable and supportive of his customers’ needs and his fitters,” Tobias said. Wallace noted his support of Tobias, saying, “I’m extremely excited to have Frank representing Custom as a saddle fitter. He is super talented and has a professional demeanor.”
Tobias, who works with training level riders up to Grand Prix FEI level competitors like Jaime Amian and Shannon Dueck, says all his clients are important to him— and all deserve the best saddle he can offer every horse. With Custom Saddlery, Tobias is striving to provide the highest quality of customer service in South Florida. “I love working with this company. Custom Saddlery is extremely customer oriented and employee oriented. They are the gold standard for customer service in the saddle business.”
Custom Saddlery’s alliance with Frank Tobias will provide South Florida equestrians with dressage and jumping saddles to suit each customer’s specific needs and preferences. The Aiken, South Carolina based company also offers beautiful saddle pads, girths, and other saddle accessories.
Visit www.mysaddle.com to view the many saddles offered by Custom Saddlery and the various customizable options, such as leather and stitching colors. To find a professional saddle fitter like Frank Tobias near you, visit www.mysaddle.com/CONTACTS.html or call 1-800-235-3865.