Holland Landing, ON, October 25, 2019 – This past week, Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd. was honoured twice – once locally as a finalist for Innovator of the Year at the Business Excellence Awards through the Chamber of Commerce, and once with a prestigious, globally recognized award as winner of Female CEO of the Year in the category of Women in Business through the International Trade Council. The “Go Global – Think Globally 2019” international conference was held October 22-23 in Chicago and saw more than 200 attendees from over 37 countries around the globe. Over 3800 entries for 60 categories were received, with the conference offering non-stop workshops and seminars on everything to do with exporting and global positioning.
Schleese also qualified to receive the “Quality in Business” Certification, which is an independent, third-party evaluation program. It is the only global assessment methodology and business certifications standard designed to highlight commitment to innovation, continuous improvement and adherence to global best practices. The standard includes 16 key functions, 96 core criteria, and 249 compliance indicators. It is reviewed and updated annually. It provides assurance to our clients and suppliers of our integrity and reliability.
Under the direction of Managing Director Miriam Boutros-Dale, a role she took over in mid-2018, the company has continued to expand, with founder Jochen Schleese being a featured educational presenter at the upcoming New Zealand Equitana. Schleese was also involved with the Equitana in Melbourne in 2018, where the company won a “Best Booth” award.
About Jochen Schleese and Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd.
Jochen Schleese got his certification as Master Saddler in Germany at the age of 22 and came to Canada in 1986 to establish and register the trade of saddlery in Ontario, Canada. With over 80 different models designed over the years, Schleese Saddlery Service Ltd. is the world’s leading manufacturer of saddles designed for women, specializing in the unique anatomical requirements of female riders. Schleese-authorized representatives provide diagnostic saddle fit analysis and saddle fitting services across the globe to maintain optimal saddle fit to horse and rider.
Jochen is the author of the best-selling Suffering in Silence: The Saddle Fit Link to Physical and Psychological Trauma in Horses, now in its third printing by Trafalgar Square and available in hard copy, digital, and paperback versions at amazon.com. He and his company have been the recipients of numerous business and industry awards over the years and have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, twice on the Discovery Channel and soon on PBS.
Jochen Schleese is a regular guest lecturer at various equine and veterinary colleges around the world.