Hooray! I've had my Simco Arabian saddle down at the local western store for a couple months now, and I haven't had a chance lately to stop in and see if they'd managed to sell it. Between the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo and Main Street's Crazy Days in July, they get a lot of customers, and I've been crossing my fingers someone would see it and fall in love. I was in last weekend, and I didn't see it, but they were super busy and the two ladies working were swamped, so I didn't ask.
T stopped in on Monday, and they have a check for me - a bit less than they'd listed it at originally, but even with their commission taken out, it should be more than my minimum, I think. And a bargain for whoever got it - Simco doesn't make that exact model anymore, but it's probably closest to their Working Arabian saddle, or to this one with the silver laced cantle, but without the tooling. I bought it used in excellent condition a couple of years ago and put a few more miles on it, but the gelding I bought it for sold.
It's a nice, light, solid, well-made saddle, perfect for trail and/or local showing - and you know what? I absolutely hated riding in it. Strike 1, on Sunny, it rolled even worse that the saddle I'm currently using; strike 2, the swells were nearly non-existent. I don't like the bear-trap style saddles, but I do like something in front of my leg. Sitting in it always made me feel as if someone was getting ready to push the "LAUNCH" button.
Anyway, I now have one less saddle to store, and some extra cash to spend... I feel some tack store retail therapy coming! :)