These are good places to get information about the traditional bridle horse:
Vaquero Enterprises. Featuring Vaquero Artist Ernest Morris
My favorite: Mike Bridges
These are links for buckaroo gear:
http://www.buckaroobusinesses.net Owned by former ZX buckaroo and Traditional Ranch Roping clinician Scott Grosskopf and his wife Staci, Billings, Montana.
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
catocustomsaddlery.comWe strive to produce the very finest in cowboy gear using only the best materials. All of our saddles unless requested otherwise are built on custom rawhide covered wood trees, using Herman Oak Leather, jumbo shearling, solid stainless steel or solid brass hardware & rigging plates. We welcome custom orders on most any leather or silver goods however please understand that there is a waiting list do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions and concerns.God Bless, Will Cato, Cato Custom Saddlery (406) 669-3884
Custom Handmade Saddle BlanketsLinda Hayden lives 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.
Hanel's Saddle Shop, Mario Hanel, P.O. Box 92, Cedarville, CA 96104, 530/279-2121
The 7J Trading Post located in Starbuck Washington, has been building custom saddles and pack gear for twenty years, and training horses and mules for fifty years, and still going strong. This saddle shop is home based, and each saddle is custom built for your horse or mule, your body type, and your tastes. As well as being built to the highest quality, they can also be beautifuly hand carved. He can make any style of saddle, the old fashioned way, as you can see by clicking on the Custom Saddles link. Sometimes the rawhide and leather on saddles is homemade!
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.
Bridle Tooth Traditional Equipment for today's buckaroo. WHY BUY A MOHAIR CINCHA? Mohair is the strongest natural fiber used for girths.It is a very traditional fiber to use because it works so well. Mohair breathes and wicks moisture away from the horse. All my cinches are handmade one at a time and each one is unique. I don't make any two alike unless requested to do so.
I also make: Tapaderos, Stirrups and Armitas/ Chinks (adult and child versions) they will be coming in the future. Call or email to inquire.
Bridle Tooth Cinches
Traditional Equipment for Today's Buckaroo
PH# 719 689-2228
cell# 719 494-3818
Also my husband TJ Carter is a professional trainer. He specializes in the true using horse from ranch to arena. cell 541-519-2446 web site: www.allaroundhorsetraining.com
TJ has worked on several large cattle ranches from Nevada, to Oregon, to Idaho. He also ranch ropes, and shoes reined cow horses
travisstringer.tripod.com Stringer's Diamond Cut Buckle Company Jewelry, Travis Stringer, Proprietor Est. 1993 - Baker City, Oregon
Original Buckaroo Hats in 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:
Traditional Ranch Roping and Horsemanship clinic info
New! Now teaching! Contact Richard Caldwell to arrange a clinic in your area!!!!!
John and Jerri Hyde 541 783-3008
Flattop Horsemanship by Marty Gardner, just an hour south of Calgary.
BOB TRUSSELL HORSEMANSHIP with AMERICAN QUARTER HORSES & OTHER BREEDS, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Old California Reata Roping & Stock Horse Contest Joe Mora, author and illustrator of the great book Californios writes about the California vaquero, "They were not the rough-and-ready type of roper, riding up close and slapping the loop on any old way to get the job done. They were what you might call the 'artist' type. They took pride in the way they cast their loops, like top-notch golfers or tennis champs showing top form."
These are 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.
Reina Youngberg, www.westerneyephotography.com
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/
Keith Ward 100 Years Too Late © 2008 Pioneer Records (634479796548) CD price: $15.00 Ride the range once more with old timey, classic Western swing flavored cowboy music featuring great vocal harmonies, fiddles and mandolin
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
Need a cowboy minister at your event???
Leroy and Reda Cowert Leroy and Reda are Oregon Home Missionaries who have a dynamic and unique ministry to the ranching community and working cowboys. They minister through preaching God’s Word and Southern Gospel Music.
Horse Training and horses for sale
CENTRAL OREGON HORSE - photo advertising of all breeds of horses for sale in the Western States.
http://www.baileysc4ranch.com Our primary focus is making a good honest all around using horse, whether its a clients horse that is in for training or one we are selling. We believe that a horse can excell in a specialized skill such as Barrels, Roping, Cutting, but the limitations of what that horse can do should not stop there.
"Baileys C4 Ranch" is reputable for being honest in how they represent a horse and truly cares for thier customers. We try to make the perfect match for the horse and rider combination.
Horse Training, Colt Starting, Individual or group lessons, horse shoeing, day work, ag & Equine appraisals. 541 693-4843 www.5qranch.com
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 armony 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 véry 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
Dave's Saddle & Tack, 9310 Parakeet Dr., Bonanza, OR, 541/545-1100
George Michel Custom Saddles, P.O. Box 561, Cedarville, CA 96104, 530/279-2786
Delwyne Trefz, Cowboy Silversmith, 4612 Market Rd., Homedale, ID 83628, 208/337-6285 email@example.com
Jake Brown, Quality Braided Rawhide Reatas and Gear, HC 32, Box 450, Tuscarora, NV 89834, 775/478-5121
Horny Toad Saddlery Traditional Gear With Oklahoma Flair Horny Toad Saddlery was est. 2008 out of necessity for well made custom leather, handmade hardware, and silverwork. Being working ranch cowboys doesn’t lend itself to having a full bank account. So here we are a year later and the shop offers everything from a fully tooled saddle to bridle silver to as set of ruff out Arizona bell leggings to a well balanced spade bit and everything in between. Living and working in the Oklahoma Panhandle gives us a unique look at well made custom gear from both ends of the spectrum. So no matter which side of the fence you're on from Texas overlay and swell fork saddles to inlaid bridle bits and single rig slick fork saddles, we guarantee we can help you spend a pay check or two.
Montana Buckaroo Honda, D.J. Quinn, Quality ropes and gear, Box 147, Alder, MT 59710 406/842-5940 with Jim McKinney Rawhide Braiding 307 8 Mile Rd. Riverton, WY 82501 307/856-3598 and Todd Hansen
Sage Saddlery - Custom (made for you), handmade, western saddles, horse tack and cowboy gear. Specializing in the gear of the Old Californio vaquero and Great Basin Buckaroo traditions of horsemanship. Other custom leather items made to suit. New, handmade, Wade saddle coming off the bench soon.
http://www.rocknseven.com We offer exclusive custom tack. This means that every custom piece is made when you order it, especially for you. We build quality gear, working off of 1/64th inch accuracy. Whit’s pieces are intricately braided art as well as practical, useable equipment. Here at Rock’n Seven Tack Company you can be assured that every custom order is 100% hand made by Whit Olson and is designed exactly for you.
http://www.wssaddles.com/Gary Winckler is the Saddler at Winckler Stock Saddles. He will build you a custom saddle to your specifications using the best materials available. All trees are handmade one at a time by a custom tree builder with every effort made to meet the specifications of the horse and rider.
Buckaroo Sales Don't miss our best sellers on this website Earwarmers, Y-Back Suspenders, Custom Leather Products. Call us toll free at 1-800-443-0564 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Horsewright Clothing and Tack is a company that offers for sale unique, handmade items based on the traditions of The Californian Vaquero. Everything we sell is handmade here in California, most items by us.
http://www.prairiekaren.com Prairie Karen offers an exceptional selection of handcrafted Western and Native American jewelry. Look for a variety of silver pieces, turquoise, leather, beaded bracelets, barrettes, hair ties and sticks. Our Prairie Karen exclusive items are fun, unique and always changing, and we know you'll enjoy all of our Prairie Karen exclusives!
Discover a Touch of Western Elegance through our exquisite hand knitted sweaters and skirts.
You may also choose from an assortment of beautiful Wild Rags (silk scarves) with silver scarf slides to accessorize your custom shirts. Cowgirls and Cowboys personalize a belt buckle and your horse’s saddle with engraved silver.
Prairie Karen proudly presents both established and emerging artists, craftsmen and designers.We continue to expand and look forward to your keeping in touch.
LJ Saddlery In 1986 John Willlemsa opened LJ's Saddlery with a desire to build and design saddles that he felt met the needs of both working cowboy's, horsemen and women alike.
http://www.applecartchainworks.com Absolutely the best rein chains!
Jeremiah Watts operates the all custom side of our saddle making business. You can order any thing you desire, no such a thing as to fancy around here. Call Jeremiah for details at 559-935-2172 and he will be glad to visit with you. Ranch2arena.com
Richard Oliver www.oliversaddle.com
McKay Custom Saddlery takes pride in producing old style buckaroo saddles and gear for today's needs. Products that are a combination of function and art that utilize the highest quality materials available including but not limited to various wade trees and Herman oak leather. Each hand crafted piece of gear from the McKay Shop is designed to be an essential piece of hardworking equipment and to look good doing it. Mckay Custom Wade Buckaroo saddles are known through out the high desert.