Steele Mountaineers aren’t just for trail riding! Spirit of Gravedigger can rack freely and comfortably in her show saddle: a black, blingy Steele Mountaineer! This four-year-old Spotted Saddle Horse/Speed Racking Horse won her 2nd state championship last weekend at the Florida Walking and Racking Horse Association State Championship Show in Ocala, Florida. Spirit was born, raised, and trained at Spotted Dance Ranch in Brooksville, Florida. Her co-owner, Kym Rouse Holzwart, rode Spirit in both state championship wins (2021 Novice Gaited Horse State Champion and 2022 Barefoot Gaited Horse State Champion) in one of the many Steele Mountaineers that she owns.
We are a month into training for our first endurance ride season in Florida, and my Spotted Saddle Horse mare, Spicey Gravedancer, is loving her new Steele Mountaineer! I am not surprised, since I have competed in endurance and competitive trail rides with her mother, Ginger Twist, riding her Steele Mountaineer for 8 seasons and almost 700 competition miles!!
Kym Rouse Holzwart, Spotted Dance Ranch, Brooksville, Florida
My Steele Outlaw saddle has completely lived up to my high expectations! I invested in a Steele because I wanted a saddle that fit me and my horse, is lightweight, comfortable, and really secure. Recently I got to test out the security factor. I was out riding with a friend who had just been chatting with me about the possibility of getting a Steele for herself. Suddenly my gelding began to stomp, and then he humped up and began bucking. My friend yelled that we were in a ground bee nest. While Spiderman crow hopped, I stuck to that Steele like a buckaroo! Was able to do an emergency dismount and lead him out of the swarm. I am so grateful to have walked away from that rodeo with no injury, especially since at 62 things heal more slowly. I think Steele will be getting an order soon from my riding buddy who was very impressed with how my Outlaw allowed me to keep my seat. It\’s also the most beautiful saddle I have ever owned. Special features I love are the Ranger conchos, rawhide pencil roll cantle, and tapadero stirrups. Thanks so much for the saddle I will probably ride for the rest of my life. – Mel Wensel, Port Orchard, WA