Academy of Western Artists “Saddlemaker of the Year” For 2010 Awarded to John Willemsma

August 19, 2010 by  
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Forest Shupe Posthumously Awarded the “Don King Award” Recognizing Lifetime Achievement and Contribution To the Craft of Saddlemaking. Oklahoma City, OK, August 19, 2010 — The Western Saddle Guide announced today that legendary Guthrie, Oklahoma saddlemaker John “Long John” Willemsma is the recipient of the 2010 Academy of Western Artists’ “Saddlemaker of the Year” Award. […]

The Last American Cowboy

July 5, 2010 by  
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There is a great new series on Animal Planet that you just don’t want to miss. The show is called “The Last American Cowboy” and it follows life on three working cattle ranches in Montana. You see up close the very tough, but rewarding reality of this traditional lifestyle. I just love the show. It’s […]

Art of the Western Saddle Exhibit

June 29, 2010 by  
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There’s a wonderful exhibit at the AQHA Hall of Fame in Amarillo Texas that’s coming to a close at the end of July. If you’re going to be anywhere close to Texas, you’ll want to make the detour to check it out. The exhibit is called “Art of the Western Saddle: A Celebration of Design, […]

Breyerfest 2009

July 9, 2009 by  
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Next weekend (July 17-19) at the fabulous Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, THE event for model horse collecting world is taking place. Breyerfest is a wonderful celebration of model horses and the role they play in horse lovers’ lives. This year Breyerfest is celebrating its 20th anniversary. And they’ve pulled in a major celebrity […]

Big Bozeman Event: Music, Cowboy Poetry, Cowboy Photo Exhibit

June 24, 2009 by  
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I’m a bit late, but I want to give notice to all my fellow Montanans that Bozeman is the place to be this Friday, June 26th. The Western Folklife Center says it best: Join us on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture for an extravaganza of cowboy poetry […]


March 29, 2009 by  
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The Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada has another wonderful exhibit on the craftsmanship of the tools of the working horseman’s world. Some of today’s finest custom saddle makers and spur makers were invited to show off there work. Most of the pieces are offered for sale. The exhibit is called “Between Grass & Sky: […]

Plastic Western Saddles?

December 19, 2008 by  
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Sound crazy? Well, it’s true. During a short period of time in the 1940’s, the All Western Plastics Company in Nebraska produced plastic saddles. It was a short-lived venture with only 65 saddles produced, but they are a highly collectible item. Wyoming rancher, Tom Harrower, owns 46 of them and is always on the hunt […]

Olympic Equestrian Events

August 7, 2008 by  
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It’s Olympic time! I am so excited. While I wish they included some western events such as reining and cutting, I still love to watch the Olympic equestrian events. There are three main event categories in the Olympic Equestrian competition: Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing. You can find all the information (schedules, explanation of the […]

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