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Custom handmade saddles are the top of the line of western saddles. They are the true works of arts. Each individually crafted by a skilled artist and saddle maker, they are each one of a kind.

Enjoy these beautiful examples of custom western saddles submitted by our visitors. Note the saddle makers. You may just find the saddle maker who will create your own work of art.

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Vintage 1920s Saddle

CUSTOM WILD OATS SADDLERY TROPHY SADDLE
Betsy from Mississippi
Hand made trophy saddle donated to the Ebony Horsewomen in Hartford Connecticut in 2012. All hand cut, tooled and finished. Used their logo to create this one of a kind trophy saddle for their rodeo king.

Custom Paulson Saddle

CUSTOM KEITH SEIDEL SADDLE
Keith from Wyoming
We're pleased to post a saddle created by the Academy of Western Artists "Saddlemaker of the Year" 2012 Award winner. Keith is not only an accomplished artisan and craftsman, he is also quite innovative. This saddle, with it's inlaid alligator seat, was constructed using a single piece of leather, shaped and molded to make up the entire top of the saddle, without splits or seams. To see more of Keith's work, visit his website.

Custom Paulson Saddle

CUSTOM JENNIFER PAULSON TRAIL SADDLE
Jennifer from Oregon
Jennifer made this handsome saddle for a hard-to-fit mule (aren't they all? lol). The customer had bought 8 previous saddles and all ended up not fitting well. Jennifer had a Bowden tree custom made to the mule's measurement. The result is a happy customer with a well fitting saddle that is a good ride.

Custom Ken Dooley Saddle

CUSTOM KEN DOOLEY RANCH SADDLE
Ken from Washington

Ken tells us that he taught himself to build saddles and the saddle pictured here is his first one. We'd say that's a darn nice job for his first go. The saddle is made on a Sid Special tree by Bowden saddle tree company and has a 16" seat, quarter horse bars, basket weave tooling and a natural oil finish. The saddle fits Ken's Paint horse perfectly and is comfortable to boot. Nice job, Ken.

Rocking R Cutter

ROCKING R CUTTING SADDLE
Nick from Minnesota

This is Nick's brand spanking new custom cutting saddle from Rocking R. Nick reports that it is probably one of the most comfortable saddle he's ever ridden.

Custom Gretchen Johnston Saddle

CUSTOM ROSS MILLER LADY WADE SADDLE
Ross from Montana

This beauty was made by Ross Miller of Dillon, Montana. It is a Ray Hunt Lady Wade with a pumpkin in-laid padded 15" seat with carved buck rolls, featuring a pumpkin welt to match the in-laid seat, and a pumpkin Mule hide horn wrap. Some lady just got herself one beautiful, well-crafted saddle.

Custom Gretchen Johnston Saddle

CUSTOM GRETCHEN JOHNSTON RANCH SADDLE
Gretchen from Oregon

This solid saddle is from Gretchen Johnston of Vernonia, Oregon. Greatchen has been making saddles since 1999 and was taught by our good friend, Saddle maker and teacher, Dusty Johnson. Dusty's Pleasant Valley Saddlemaking School has turned out quite a few handy saddle makers in it's time. Gretchen's hallmark is a strong, comfortable saddle.

CLAIR KEHRBERG SADDLE

CLAIR (MULLIN) KEHRBERG RANCH SADDLE
Clair from Oregon

Another beautiful custom saddle from Clair Kehrberg (formerly Mullin). Clair builds a fine saddle. I'm a bit partial as I love a slick fork ranch saddle. Just seems what a western saddle was meant to be ... and therei's just no better ride.

Custom Shane Martin Saddle

CUSTOM SHANE MARTIN CUTTING SADDLE
Shane from Australia

This handsome cutter is just the third saddle Shane has ever made. With some past leathercraft experience, Shane jumped into saddlemaking using "The Stohlman Encyclopedia of Saddle Making." This saddle was completely handmade with Hermann Oak leather, hand tooled and hand stitched.

Custom Gordon Andrus Saddle

CUSTOM GORDON ANDRUS SADDLE
Jeff from Idaho

This beautiful custom saddle is the work of Gordon Andrus and his Sage Creek Saddle Co., located in Cody, Wyoming. Andrus is a wonderful artisan and craftsman, and makes a darn good riding saddle.

Custom Joseph Vrana Saddle

CUSTOM JOSEPH VRANA SADDLE
Gail from Michigan

Custom made by Joseph Vrana of Vrana's Saddle Shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gail's uncle had it custom made for her in 1968 when she rode his Saddlebred filly. When her uncle sold the horse, the saddle went with her. Several years later Gail was able to purchase back the horse and the saddle too. Later she sold the saddle and it now lives on in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Custom Northern Range Cowboy Gear Saddle

CUSTOM NORTHERN RANGE COWBOY GEAR WADE SADDLE
Roger from Wyoming

This very handsome saddle was made by "Northern Range Cowboy Gear" in Billings Montana.  It's made on a Bill Bean, wade tree, 3/4 flat plate in skirt double rigging.  The half flower and half baske carving is beautiful and the seat is inlaid into the fork which makes for a smooth classy look.  Although it's almost too good looking to ride Roger plans on using it. 

Custom Reese Marceaux Ranch Saddle

CUSTOM REESE MARCEAUX RANCH SADDLE
Reese from Louisiana

Reese built this fully tooled handsome ranch saddle with King box stamp and barb wire border for Sweetlake Ranch for the 20 year anniversary of ranch hand Stanley Broussard. It is built on a Sunny Felkins Association tree. Reese used Seigal of California leather, 7/8 plate rigging, custom-made Bork bronze dees, and Campbell conchos, buckles, and cantle plate. Don Orrell custom-made the red cedar stirrups.

Custom JL Raney Saddle

CUSTOM JL RANEY RANCH SADDLE
JL from Louisiana

JL custom built this flashy ranch saddle on a Bowden Snub-Nosed Wade tree with Hermann Oak Leather, flat plate riggin, Montana Silver and oak leaf tooling. No skimping on this saddle, that's for sure.

Al Stohlman Saddle

CUSTOM AL STOHLMAN SADDLE
Karin from California

Karin's dad was a good friend of Al and Ann Stohlman. This handsome saddle was the third saddle he had made by Al. He gave Karin half of the saddle for her 16th birthday and the other half when he decided it should reside with her. Karin says she has only ridden the saddle three times, which sure seems a shame.

Custom Saddle

CUSTOM SADDLE BY CHRIS PIERSACK
Chris from Belgium

Chris Piersack is a saddlemaker from Belgium who shared this custom saddle he built with us.

Custom Willem Muijs Saddle

CUSTOM WILLEM MUIJS SADDLE
Loes from The Netherlands

Loes had this A-fork saddle built for her three years ago by Willem Muijs. The saddle was named "The Native Saddle" for the Haida figures of the wolf on it. Loes says the saddle is a great fit for both her and his horse.

Custom

CUSTOM VAQUERO WESTERNZADELS WADE SADDLE
Louis from The Netherlands

This unique saddle was made by Louis van Kerkhoff of Vauero Westernzadels in the Netherlands. Vaquero is the oldest saddlery in the Netherlands.

Custom Martin Kosel Saddle

CUSTOM MARTIN KOSEL RANCH SADDLE
Martin from Montana

Martin built this handsome dark oil saddle on a bowman wood and rawhide tree. It has a #4 dally horn wrapped in latigo, flat plate rigging in the 7/8ths position, a 16 inch traditional seat and floral carving on parts of the saddle.

Custom Earl Twist Saddle

CUSTOM EARL TWIST RANCH SADDLE
Colby from Illinois

This handsome and beautifully proportioned saddle is the work of Earl Twist, a Montanan saddle maker of some forty years. We are blessed in Montana with a riches of wonderful saddlemakers such as Earl Twist. Colby had been pining for his very own Earl Twist saddle since he met Earl back in the 1970's. It's a beauty and worth the wait.

Custom Ron Ross Saddle

CUSTOM BONDO BOB RANCH SADDLE
Bob from Michigan

This custom saddles is styled after the early 1900's saddle designs, with the John Wayne saddle that's in the Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma as its inspiration. It features plate rigging, a Texs dally horn and large ornate floral tooling popular in the early 1900's. A handsome "old timers" style saddle.

Custom Ron Ross Saddle

CUSTOM RON ROSS SLICK FORK SADDLE
Ron from Indiana

This very handsome saddle was created by Ron Ross who has been a professional custome saddle maker for 46 years. I'd say he's definitely gotten the hang of it. The saddle was exhibited at the 2009 International Federation of Leather Guilds Show that was held in Indianapolis in September 2009.  In the Masters Division, it placed first as well as Best of Category.

Martin Kosel Custom Saddle

MARTIN KOSEL CUSTOM RANCH SADDLE
Martin from Montana

This handsome saddle was made by Montanan saddle maker, Martin Kosel. It's a Wade tree saddle built on a wooden/rawhide covered tree and has flat plate rigging in the 7/8ths position.

Unknown Vintage Saddle

CUSTOM PULLIN LEATHER WADE TREE SADDLE
Mark from Alberta, Canada

This custom Wade tree saddle is built on a hand built rawhide tree. Floral carving, stainless bell stirrups, inlaid seat and bucking rolls combine to create a really handsome rig.

Vintage Porter Saddle

CUSTOM CORDELL HATCH RANCH SADDLE
Cordell from Idaho

This handsome saddle was was a built by Cordell Hatch for a customer from Utah. It is built on a Bill Bean tree with in-skirt rigging and hand tooled floral carving.

Rafter S Saddle CUSTOM RAFTER S RANCH SADDLE
Chuck from California

Chuck tells us about this custom saddle he made: "This is a ranch saddle built for Bucky McCullar of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It was made from an old standerd Bowman tree taken from a saddle that his father had won as an all around award in California in 1966."
Hand Made Saddle

CUSTOM MARTIN KOSEL SADDLE
Martin from Montana

This flashy saddle was created by Montana saddle maker Martin Kosel. It is built on a Bowman wood tree and has floral tooling on the fork, fenders, and rear jockeys.

Hand Made Saddle

CUSTOM ROSS MILLER WADE SADDLE
Ross from Montana

This is the latest saddle from Dillon, Montana saddlemaker, Ross Miller. Ross has really developed into a fine saddlemaker. He uses only the finest materials - Bill Bean tree, Jeremiah Watt stainless steel hardware, Monel stirrups. The saddle has clever "In-Plate" rigging - Flat-Plate style with the closeness and lighter weight of in-skirt style.

Hand Made Saddle

FIRST SADDLE FROM A TEENAGE SADDLE MAKER
Micha from France

This "interesting" little saddle was Mischa Greschny's first attempt at saddle making as a sixteen year old in 1977. It really demonstrates Mischa's love for western saddles. I doubt too many other French teenagers were making western saddles!

Wolfgang Fey Custom Saddle

CUSTOM WOLFGANG FEY WADE SADDLE
Wolfgang from Germany
Wolfgang is a very talented western saddle maker all the way from Germany. This beauty won "Best of Category: Saddles Tooled" at the World Leather Debut 2008 in Sheridan, Wyoming. The flower tooling and bucking horse carving is really wonderful.

Gordun Andrus Roping Saddle

CUSTOM GORDON ANDRUS ROPING SADDLE
Gordon from Wyoming
This handsome custom roping saddle comes from Gordon Andrus of Sage Creek Stock Saddle Co. in Cody, Wyoming, It has an inlaid seat and a pleasing combination of floral and geometric tooling.

Jennifer Paulson Custom Saddle

JENNIFER PAULSON CUSTOM SADDLE
Jennifer from Oregon
This handsome custom saddle is a Ranch/All Around saddle made on a Cliff Wade tree. It's a real working saddle and very handsome. From Paulson Saddlery of Albany, Oregon.

J.G. Keith Valley Custom Saddle

KEITH VALLEY CUSTOM SLICK FORK SADDLE
Keith from Montana
Here's a recent saddle completed by master saddle maker, Keith Valley, of Billings, Montana and Jackson, Wyoming. It's a real beauty. You can see more of Keith's work on his website CowboySaddlery.com.

Ron Stolps Custom Saddle

RON STOLPS CUSTOM RANCH SADDLE
Ron from Canada
This saddle is a unique one with a gambling and cowboy mounted shooting theme. The padded seat is in the shape of a spade, the tooling includes a hand of cards and a mounted shooter, and the conchos are made with actual colt cartridges mounted in leather. Ron made this saddle for his own every day riding saddle. It's truly one-of-a-kind.

Custom Western Saddle

DAN MAYER/JEFF HASLAM CUSTOM WADE SADDLE
Brian from Arizona
Dan Mayer (Lima, MT) built the tree and Jeff Haslam did the leather work on this handsome 90 degree Wade tree saddle. This is a solid, working saddle with a mule skin-wrapped roping horn, Nettles Monel stirrups, and flat plate in-skirt 7/8 double rigging.

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RANCH/ALL AROUND SADDLE FROM 246 RANCH SADDLERY
Kate from Nevada
Kate had this handsome saddle custom made for her by 246 Ranch. It's built on a Visalia A-Fork tree with single 7/8 rigging and a 15 1/2" seat. Kate uses the saddle daily for work.

Claire Mullin Custom Ranch/All Around Saddle

CLAIR MULLIN CUSTOM RANCH SADDLE
Claire from Oregon
Another great custom saddle from Clair Mullin. This is a nice working ranch/all around saddle built on a Will James tree. It has a 16 inch seat, 7/8 double plate rigging and custom floral carving. Very nice work, Clair.

MJ Liggett Custom Reining Saddle Saddle

MJ LIGGETT CUSTOM REINING SADDLE
Michelle from Texas
This reiner was custom made for a customer in Finland. It has Hermann Oak leather, sterling conchos, black padded seat, and oak tooling and border stamping with antiqued, dyed edges. I bet this saddle is receiving a lot of looks in Finland.

Custom Rocking T Saddle

CUSTOM ROCKING T OLD TIME SADDLE
Jeremy from Texas
This is a very handsome old time-style, slick fork saddle from Rocking T Saddlery of Greenville, Texas. Rocking T saddles are all made-to-order, by hand. Jeremy says that this saddle was made from pictures of the 1880's U.S. Army "Muleskinner" and the "Packers" saddle. It's a beauty.

Keith Valley Custom Saddle

KEITH VALLEY CUSTOM WADE SADDLE
Keith from Wyoming & Montana
This beautiful saddle was the winner of the Open Advanced-Sheridan Style Floral Style Division of the Don King Memorial Saddle Competition in May of 2008. The saddle is a Wade Tree, fully tooled, 78ths rigging with a 16 inch seat.

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CLAIR MULLIN CUSTOM BUCKAROO SADDLE
Clair from Oregon
This is the latest saddle from custom saddle maker, Clair Mullin of Oregon. Clair makes a very handsome saddle. The saddle is a 3B visalia saddle, 100% rough out, with 5/8 plate rigging, bucking rolls and 1" stainless bound oxbow stirrup. Clair says she made this saddle for a buckaroo in Eastern Oregon. I'm sure that's one happy buckaroo.

custom saddle

KARL WICHERN CUSTOM SADDLE
Karl from Nebraska
Karl made this nice starter saddle during a saddlemaking course put on by Tandy Leather and taught by Dick Orent. (Check out the Saddle Library for Dick's book Saddle Doctor's Repair Manual For Western Saddles.) Karl is enjoying learning the craft of saddlemaking and is planning on taking more courses.

big horn saddle

ROPING SADDLE FROM JOHN BUSCH CUSTOM SADDLERY
Denny from Illinois
Denny bought this fancy saddle from a friend who could no longer ride. The saddle was made in 1981 by John Busch Custom Saddlery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The saddle has matching tooled saddlebags, breast collar, headstall and reins.

big horn saddle

WILLEM MUIJS CUSTOM SADDLE
Willem from the Netherlands & Kansas
This handsome Slick Fork (aka A Fork) saddle was made by hand by Willem Muijs. It has semi QH bars, 3-way rigging, a 16 inch inlaid, padded seat and is fully hand tooled and carved. Willem has been a saddle maker for 35 years, first apprenticing in Canada.

big horn saddle

CLAIR MULLIN CUSTOM WADE SADDLE
Clair from Oregon
This handsome custom Wade saddle has 7/8 flat plate rigging, stainless steel stirrups and hardware, rawhide horn and cantle bindings, bucking rolls, and a basket stamp and floral carve combination for decoration. Clair (ClairSaddleShop.com) made it for a woman who does a lot of ranch riding. There's nothing like the comfort of a Wade for long miles in the saddle.

vintage saddle

CLEBURNE REINING SADDLE
Stefano from Italy
This is a custom reining saddle by Darryl Slinkard of Cleburne Saddle Shop. Cleburne saddles are well known about top reining competitors

hornlss saddle

CUSTOM TRAIL/PLEASURE SADDLE
Susan from Tennessee
This little beauty was custom made to fit the specific conformation of Susan's APHA performance mare. Hence the very steep slope of the seat. The saddle was made by Jay Bauman of Jay's Custom Leather in Muddy Pond, Tennessee. It has a Tennessean tree, endurance rigging and lightweight leather.

hornlss saddle

AUSTRALIAN WESTERN STOCK FENDER SADDLE
Craig from Queensland, Australia

This is Craig's first attempt at saddlemaking. Looks like he has the knack. This style saddle is popular in Australian and is known as either a Western Stock Fender or Half Breed Saddle. It's an interesting combination between a traditional Australian Stock saddle and a Western Stock saddle. While it has fenders, you'll notice that it has knee pads instead of swells.

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ROSS MILLER CUSTOM "TROUT" SADDLE
Ross from Montana
This is a great example of the creativity that flourishes in western saddle making today. For a customer who's a fishing fan, Ross created this unique wade saddle with a jumping fish carved on the horn.

antique saddle

ROSS MILLER CUSTOM ROPING SADDLE
Ross from Montana
This handsome custom saddle is the work of Ross Miller of Dillon, Montana. It's a 1/4 breed rough-out, 15 1/2" seat, with in-skirt rigging. The new owner will be using it for team roping and is definitely going to be looking good while competing.

custom saddle JP JOHNSON CUSTOM WADE SADDLE
Jeremiah (JP) from Oklahoma

After a six year apprenticeship, this is Jeremiah's first saddle created under his own mark - JP Johnson. From the looks of this beautiful saddle, JP learned his craft very well. This saddle will be on display at the "Trappings of Texas" show Feb 23-Apr 29, 2007 in Alpine, Texas.
custom saddle JIM HASBURGH CUSTOM ROPING SADDLE
Jim from Texas

This handsome roper is the custom work of Jim Hasburgh of Hasburgh Saddlery. Jim made this saddle for a Canadian customer who intended to use it, but ended up thinking it was so handsome that he now displays it in his home. In addition to the wonderful tooling, the seat has a stingray inlay. Yes, you read that correctly - stingray! Love it.
custom saddle RON STOLP CUSTOM TRAIL SADDLE
Kelly from British Columbia, Canada

Now this is truly a custom saddle. Ron Stolps is a part time saddlemaker (full time firefighter) from Vancouver. Ron calls this saddle "The Gambler" and it's one of his "theme" saddles. It's made with Herman Oak leather, and is hand stitched and hand tooled. It has a padded soft calf leather seat in the shape of a spade, and hand tooled playing cards and a set of  hand guns carved on the side of the saddle. The conches are made of real  38 shells carved into a leather piece the the shape of a revolver cylinder. You just have to love it.
custom saddle CUSTOM ENDURANCE SADDLE
Aafke from the Netherlands

I bet this is a saddle you haven't see before. This beauty is the custom work of Aafke Brouwer and Willem Juijs of Midway USA Saddlery of the Netherlands. It is custom in every sense of the word. The saddle is Aafke's design and her own personal saddle. She did all of the carving and stitching. This isn't just a showpiece, Aafke rides this saddle on her Arabian, Tarq, and says it's a great ride.
charro saddle MEXICAN CHARRO STYLE SADDLE
Janet from South Africa

Janet bought this interesting saddle some years back for about $100 USD in South Africa from a seller who described it as a mexican saddle. Some research has Janet thinking it is a Mexican Charro style saddle. Janet believes the wood tree is likely made from mahogany, which is an indication that it probably wasn't made in the Americas. It has rigging for a traditional cinch/double cinch, but has been adapted to take an 'English' girth with buckles. If anyone has any insight into the saddle, please let us know. But, regardless of it's origins, it's an interesting specimen and a great addition to the saddle gallery.
custom barrel saddle BARREL SADDLE FROM ROCKING T SADDLERY
Jeremy from Texas

This is a new saddle from Rocking T of Greenville, Texas (good saddlemaking country). It has a rawhide-wrapped wooden tree, a high cantle, and deep seat. Jeremy says his girlfriend rides this saddle and likes it alot as a trail saddle too.
custom roper saddle TEAM ROPER SADDLE FROM ROCKING T SADDLERY
Jeremy from Texas

This flashy saddle is also from Rocking T Saddlery of Greenville, Texas. It comes with with a close contact tree and full hand-tooled floral.
slick fork saddle SLICK FORK SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN SADDLE MAKER
Chrissy from Nevada

This is a slick fork, buckaroo style working saddle. Chrissy bought it used from a northern California tack shop about five years ago for only $300. She got a great deal. It's a well made saddle that's also a real comfortable ride. And surprisingly light weight for a working saddle.
custom saddle LYLE HENDERSON CUSTOM WADE SADDLE
Keith from Alberta, Canada

This handsome Wade saddle (slick fork with wood post horn) is made in the old style with exposed stirrup leathers and a loop seat. Take a look at those gorgous tapaderos. The saddle was custom made by Lyle Henderson of Platte Valley Saddle Shop in Kearney, Nebraska. Keith notes that it fits both horse and rider well. I bet it's a great ride.
mecum saddle STEVE MECUM CUSTOM RANCH-STYLE SADDLE
Jeff from Montana
Steve Mecum is one of the greats in saddlemaking and this slick-fork, buckaroo-style saddle shows it. It's almost too beautiful to ride.
western saddle RANCH STYLE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN SADDLE MAKER
Tanya from Montana

This is a well used ranch type saddle from an unknown maker. It was bought used and has been used a lot more since, and it's still a great using saddle. That's the sign of a well-built saddle.
mecum saddle STEVE MECUM CUSTOM WADE SADDLE
Pam from Wyoming

Pam had this saddle custom made about 10 years ago and paid about $2000. You won't get near a new Mecum for that price today. Pam asked to have the saddle made as light as possible and had it made as a total rough-out to provide as much grip as possible. Pam says: "I feel very secure in it and also very comfortable and have never gotten sore in it. I especially liked the security when riding in the steep drainages in the Wind River mountains of Wyoming while hunting for elk."

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