These are good places to get information about the traditional bridle horse:
My favorite: Mike Bridges
These are links for buckaroo gear:
Bill and Teresa Black, PO Box 59, 28215 Plush-Adel Road,Plush, Oregon 97637 Phone: 541-947-5595
Yamsi Leather and Silver, John and Jerri Hyde, 541 783-3008
www.stevemasonsaddles.com Steve Mason comes from a long line of leather workers dating back to 1902, his great grandfather and grandfather were both Harness and saddle makers (Bradley’s Western Wear and Saddlery). Steve has been making saddles and custom leather goods for over 19 years, starting with a year long apprenticeship at Kings Saddlery in Sheridan, Wyo. He has been very fortunate to have worked with and mentored with some great saddle makers over the years, such as Matt Eberle, John Visser, Dale Harwood and John King. Steve builds custom saddles for cowboys, using the best trees and materials available. He also makes chaps, chinks and custom cowboy gear with the expert care and attention to detail that Steve has gained a reputation for in the Custom Saddle Business. Contact Steve in High River, Alberta, Canada phone (403)615-4616 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Custom Handmade Saddle BlanketsLinda Haydenlives high above the Central San Joaquin Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra. She and her husband, Joel, are cattle ranchers on the South Fork of the Kaweah River near the small community of Three Rivers, gateway to Sequoia National Park. It is here in this beautiful area that Linda collects the natural materials she uses to dye her handspun wool and create her all natural saddle blankets. Linda grew up in the Salinas Valley of California where she was greatly influenced by some of the best horsemen in California. Her interest and love of traditional horse gear started at an early age and with it came her desire to create saddle blankets similar to those of the Navajo Indian. She has been weaving for 36 years and this desire to weave the traditional wool saddle blankets has taken her to studies in Colorado and New Mexico where she concentrated on the Navajo and Rio Grande methods of weaving.
Jeff Hanson was raised on the big outfits of the Great Basin and buckarooed throughout several western states. He learned to work leather and rawhide from his father, a lifelong buckaroo. Early in his career, Jeff apprenticed under master saddlemaker Eddie Brooks in Elko, Nevada.
JM Capriola Co, Inc. Elko Nevada 775-738-5816
Marsh Bros. Oregon Silver Ernie Marsh www.spanishspade.com
Cope Saddlery is a family owned business. Our mission is to provide custom saddles tack and blankets that exceed our customers expectations at reasonable prices. After years of working on large ranches through out the west and building saddles part-time, Ryan has built Cope Saddlery into the full-time business that it is today and makes custom saddles and tack that meets the needs of a working cowboy or the pleasure rider. His wife, Lisa Cope has a loom in the shop. Lisa weaves saddle blankets that are made to last in custom colors and sizes.
http://www.rcsaddle.com/ Custom Wade saddles by Robert Chavez
Jordan Valley Big Loop….attend this show to meet in person a large number of traditional artists and craftsmen
The Californios…..attend this show to see a large number of traditional artists and craftsmen
http://www.freckerssaddlery.com I have made several saddles for Buck Brannaman, Curt Pate, Shayne Jackson, Gary Ruttan, Roland Moore, Tom Selleck, and others, and have sent saddles all across the country, Hawaii, Sweden, Norway, and Australia.
70 Ranch Pottery is a small, home pottery business In Lakeview, Oregon …very nice includes a plate with Lake County brands on it….Sue McNeley,22013 Thomas Creek Rd., Lakeview, OR 97630, 541-947-4703
Bitterroot Saddle Company Montana Custom saddle Maker, Traditional and Mountain Saddles.The saddle should be a beautiful, functional tool. Our goal is to pull all the elements, design, quality materials and skill together to produce a saddle that will be a source of pleasure and satisfaction for years to come.
Classical Vaquero, Buckaroo, Nevada and Elko hats…..Such stylized hat tend to have flat brims with slightly higher brim on the rear. It also tend to have an oval ring on the top of the crown. The attractive style are the favorite of High Desert Buckaroos and Vaqueros found on horses and cattle ranches in Nevada, Southern Idaho, Oregon and California. Hat makers these days, big or small, use machines to make hats. All of our hats are built by hands and hand sewn without machines. All of our tools are over 100 years old including our conformateur and formillion, a tool used to measure one’s head shape and to form precise head shaped hat. We only use highest quality beaver felts for all of our hats. No exceptions. When you order a hat from us you are getting the very best simply because we abide by the original craftsman values. If you are tired or fed up with “machine-made hats” you’ve come to the right place. Request for your measurement and receive estimate for your customized hat and you won’t be disappointed. That’s our pledge.~ Denio (Reg. ABCA) & Berry Here is another website: yourhat.com
http://www.northvalleyhatco.com/buckaroohats.html For Quality That Makes The Difference! “I make each hat as if it is the most important hat that I will ever make because it truly is. The quality of my work and satisfaction of every customer are most important and rewarding to me.” Master Hatter, Rodney Allison. Home of the original Buckaroo-T hat.
Good links for information about Buckaroo traditions:
These are some of my favorite buckaroo artists, photographers, writers, singers and book resources
Daron Little http://www.ranchcowboymusic.com I am a working ranch cowboy in Southeast Wyoming that happens to be a singer-songwriter. Naturally, my songs tend to be about cowboying, ranching, and family life on a ranch. I hope you enjoy my perspective on the “Old” as well as the “New” West.
M.L. Bolton http://atimelessway.com He’s doing what I’m doing in Texas…beautiful ranch photos very special!
Peter Robbins http://www.peterrobbinsart.com/
Need rank Bucking Horses for your event in eastern Oregon, Idaho and Northern Nevada???
email: Glen Shelley, Burns, Oregon
Blossom Ranch, Phone: Wally and Teola Blossom, Owyhee, NV 89832
775-757-2210, or cell: 775-340-2943 or 775-340-2944
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Fly fishing and wild horses and other sites
Back in 1989, California livestock dealers Ellington Peek and John Rodgers were looking for a way to help Western ranchers present their cattle to a national marketplace. Taking advantage of available broadcast technology, these two reputation cattlemen formed Western Video Market, a satellite auction service which now sells nearly half a million cattle from 16 Western states each year. Check out their website!
My Uncle’s wild horse sanctuary….the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, Hot springs South Dakota.
http://www.ranch-academy.com Traditions & Horsemanship We preserve the spirit of the working cowboys, the harmony of a good bridle horse,the lifestyle and the culture of the wide open American West. We have friends in USA and Europe. Ranchers, horse trainers, performance riders, but, most of all, cowboys & buckaroos. These men inspired us all to create Ranch Academy, and helpin’us goin’forward.
Also this website in France: We have an association who organise some ranch horse compétition in France,so we are very interest by all the great bassin culture.The association website is http://chevalderanch.free.fr/
Chris Cheney Custom Saddles and Silver, www.cheneycustom.com, 208/359-5860, 208/940-0101
http://www.tapsbitandspurshop.com if you are searching for a unique, one of a kind bit, a set of spurs or jewelry, you are in the right place. We create working pieces of art for the horseman to use. Nothing that we make is mass-produced, stamped out or imported. Everything is made by hand, here in our workshop, one piece at a time.
Martin Black and Company, Quality Buckaroo gear, www.martinblack.net
Delwyne Trefz, Cowboy Silversmith, 4612 Market Rd., Homedale, ID 83628, 208/337-6285 email@example.com
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