Best Saddle Maker, August 2009
Custom saddles are to equestrians what haute couture is to fashion mavens: made to fit you and you alone. At his Superior Saddlery enclave inside the Broken Horn in Baldwin Park, a 44,400-square-foot emporium of all things horsey, Paul Selvey has been turning out one-of-a-kind models since 2002. Olympic dressage medalists Charlotte Bredahl and Christine Traurig are among his clients, along with anyone who can afford the $5,100 cost. While such European companies as Antare’s, Devoucoux, Stübben, and CWD will send a rep to L.A. for custom fittings, that costly saddle will be more off-the-rack than Selvey’s. A veteran of English saddle-making operations, he continues after measuring to refine the product, tailoring it to the millimeter to your and your horse’s bodies. Should you or your mount undergo physical changes in the months after, fear not: He’ll nip and tuck.