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Western Saddle Gallery

For those of us who love western saddles, they're much more than just pieces of equipment. They're works of art.

The Saddle Gallery was created to showcase the wide variety of styles and craftsmanship of this western art form and to share the saddle stories of our visitors. We invite you to submit photos of your saddles and your story for inclusion in the Gallery. We're counting on you to fill the gallery.

SADDLE GALLERY ENTRY FORM


You can see the latest entries to the Gallery below. But to explore the entire gallery, visit the following Gallery sections:



Vintage A. Sternberg Saddle

VINTAGE A. STERNBERG BEARTRAP SADDLE
Lester from Wyoming
This handsome saddle was made by the A. Sternberg Saddlery of Albany, Oregon. Lester has researched the saddle and knows that it was produced between 1925 and 1931. Some restoration has been done, but only a few of the parts are not original. Bear Trap saddles were designed to keep you in and were often used for competitions and rodeo events. They're nickname was the"Widow Maker" for obvious reasons.

Vintage buckstitch Saddle

VINTAGE BUCKSTITCH SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Betsy from Mississippi
Betsey purchased this vintage saddle on Ebay for just $50. It was sold as a parts saddle .... meaning because it was in rough shape, the seller thought it's only use was as a source of parts. Well, Betsey sure proved that seller wrong.  Betsey things it might be of Mexican origin. It is full buck-stitched with a suede seat.

Vintage buckstitch Saddle

VINTAGE BUCKSTITCH SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Betsy from Mississippi
Another wonderful restored saddle from Betsey. It doesn't have a maker's mark but "1926" is stamped on the Latigo Keeper rosette, which is likeyl the year it was made. Betsey feels it has the look of a Bona Allen. All of the leather except for the stirrup leathers is original, but it has been completely restitched, with new fleece and saddle strings added. It's definitely a great representative of it's era.

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.

Vintage Oliverez Saddle

VINTAGE R. OLIVEREZ MEXICAN SADDLE
Mike from Colorado
This is a great example of a real "working saddle" - a stock saddle used to get the job done. Mike bought it in Denver for $150 and believes it's from the 1920's or 30's. It was made in Sonora Mexico and is a solid, heavy, well built "using" saddle. All parts are original except for the saddle strings and sheepskin. It's built for they more narrow backed horse of that era, rather than the broader stiockier horses of today.

Vintage Arabian Saddle

VINTAGE ARABIAN SHOW SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Beth from Washington
The story that Beth heard about this saddle is that it was custom built for one of the top Arabian stallions in the United States in the early 1900's. Whatever its origins, it is a beauty.

Vintage Tooled Saddle

VINTAGE ROPING SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Gregory from Tennessee
The only marking on this saddle is the number 263. There's no mark identifying the maker. The saddle is a dark oil and widely tooled (common for this period), including a horse head on each of the fenders.

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.

Vintage Parade Saddle

VINTAGE PARADE SADDLE
Roger from Nebraska
Roger found this flashy vintage parade saddle in Colorado where it had been in the Buffalo Bill Museum for the past 30 years. Roger tells us that it was custom made for Buffalo Bob of the Black Canyon who did Buffalo Bill reenactments. Interesting saddle with an interesting story.

1827 Gaucho Saddle

VINTAGE REID ERRINGTON SADDLE
Bill from Michigan
Bill aquired this handsome saddle over 40 years ago. It's believed to have been made in 1968. Errington was a saddle maker in Texas and California before and after WW II and died in 1984. Bill attests to the quality, sharing that it is the most comfortable saddle he has ever ridden.

1827 Gaucho Saddle

VINTAGE GAUCHO RANCH SADDLE
Jean-Pierre from Alabama
This fascinating and unique saddle carries the date of 1827 engraved on it's ornate horn to commemorate the revolution of 1827 in Spanish America (now South America). The unique style and craftsmanship, along with it's wonderful condition for its age, make this saddle a true treasure.

JH Wilson Saddle

JH WILSON RANCH SADDLE
Lance from the Yukon Territory, Canada
This handsome high-back saddle was built by JH Wilson of the Denver Saddlery Co. around the turn of the century. Lance bought it in Colorado and now rides it as a guide/outfitter in Canada and has found it to be the most comfortable saddle he's ever ridden, and he's ridden his share. As Lance puts it: "Built back when a quarter horse actually had withers and not a round barrel!" As you can see from the photo, it also was built back when cowboys were smaller and there was no such thing as a 17" seat!

Unknown Ranch Saddle

SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Kennae from the Kentucky
This saddle was found in an attic of an old house that was being added on to. It has a 12 inch seat, so Kennae thinks it may be a small pony or youth saddle There's no maker or other identifying marks on the saddle.

Unknown Ranch Saddle

RANCH SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Lisa from the United Kingdom
Lisa rescued a shetland pony and this saddle came along with it. There isn't a makers mark or any other identification so, it's a bit of a mystery.

Unknown Ranch Saddle

RANCH SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Carol from Michigan
Carol's husband bought this saddle about 20 years ago in Wisconsin. She has no information about it and the only markings is the number 566. While the maker is unknown, clearly he/she was a skilled craftsman. This is a handsome saddle.

Great Western Saddle

RANCH SADDLE FROM GREAT WESTERN SADDLE COMPANY
Vickie from British Columbia, Canada
This handsome saddle has been in Vickie's family since the mid 1920's. Her Grandpa bought it as a young man and it has been in continual use through to the present day. And, with a quality saddle such as this, it has many miles left in it for new generations.

Parade Pony Saddle

PONY PARADE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Wendy from Georgia
Wendy purchased this pony parade saddle in 2003 from a consignment store for $180. It's still in very good condition and sits on display in her office. There's no maker's mark on the saddle except for the number 65 stamped behind the cantle. Looks like it was a fancy little ride for some lucky child at some point in its history.

Great Western Saddle

VINTAGE TRAIL SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKE
Vicki from New Zealand
Vicki bought this antique saddle from a site in New zealand for $146 NZ. It has no makers mark. Vicki senses an American origin and that it could be from as early as the 1930's.

George Lawrence Saddle

VINTAGE GEORGE LAWRENCE RANCH SADDLE
Kellie from Oregon
This is a wonderful example of a working saddle (a saddle working cowboys would use) from the northwest in the first half of the 20th century. Kellie tells us that it is a WWII-era ranch saddle with all original parts, including a 13 inch seat. (They're aren't too many chubby working cowboys!) The saddle belonged to Kellie's friend's grandparents who had purchased it from the George Lawrence Co. in Portland, Oregon in the 1940's. It has been wonderfully cared for and is a real gem. Can you tell we love this saddle?

Leo Henesh Saddle

VINTAGE LEO HENESH SADDLE
Mary from ?
This saddle was made by Mary's Grandfather prior to 1927. While it's in rough shape, it's a family treasure. Mary was able to find it for sale on Ebay and picked it up for $108! The maker's mark is still very clear. Leo Henesh worked out of Blackfoot, Idaho and died in 1927.

Antique Show Saddle

VINTAGE SHOW SADDLE
Katherine from Alberta, Canada
Beautifully crafted vintage show saddle that belonged to Katherine's grandfather.

Saddle King of Texas Saddle

SADDLE KING OF TEXAS ROPING SADDLE
Jan from Denmark
Jan bought this saddle used in Denmark for $300 USD. He has put some elbow grease into cleaning the saddle and it's now quite a looker. This is a comfortable, heavy duty, well-built saddle with a rawhide-covered tree. Jan contacted Ozark Leather in Waco, Texas and they estimate the saddle to be from the late 50's to early 60's

Unknown Vintage Saddle

TRAIL SADDLE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Michelle from Pennsylvania
Michelle bought this very handsome vintage saddle from someone who brought it to her tack shop to sell. He had picked it up at an auction. Unfortunately there is no maker's mark on the saddle to identify the artisan who created it. Whoever it was was quite an accomplished leather craftsman. The tooling & carving is not only high quality, but the design is also quite original and well executed. It's clear from the age and wear that it has seen a lot of miles, but is no doubtedly still a great ride. Michelle is giving it a good home, on display in her tack shop.

Saddle King of Texas

SADDLE KING OF TEXAS ROPING SADDLE
Kathryn from Ontario, Canada
Kathryn inherited this handsome 30 year old Saddle King of Texas saddle from her late husband. She reports that it is a comfortable ride but quite heavy! Saddle King of Texas was known for making solid, well built working and competition saddles during this era. This one will be a great ride for another 30 years.

Olsen Noltesaddle

VINTAGE OLSEN-NOTLTE SADDLE
Eleanor from California
This is a Herecules brand saddle made by the Olsen-Nolte company of San Francisco that was founded in 1937. Nolte was the saddlemaker of the company and Olsen ran the business operation. The saddle is in excellent condition and has been well cared for over time.  Eleanor purchased the saddle from a friend of her dad's in 1980.

Ted Flowers Parade saddle

VINTAGE TED FLOWERS PARADE SADDLE
Lisa from Pennsylvania
Lisa bought this wonderful Ted Flowers Parade set from a women in California who shared that the saddle was used in the Rose Bowl Parade for years. Lisa only uses it for parades. The rest of the time it is displayed in her home. I can sure see why. It's a beautiful saddle. Lisa paid $3800 for this saddle and had it restored by Floyd Ringer, who used to work at Smuckers Harness Shop.

Vintage Parade saddle

VINTAGE SENTINEL BUTTE SADDLERY SADDLE
Gillian from the United Kingdom
Gillian bought this great old saddle in Big Timber, Montana about 15 years ago straight off the ranch where she stayed. Sentinel Butte Saddlery was established in 1900 by W.F. Lucas near Sentinel Butte, North Dakoa. Lucas sold the saddlery and new owners expanded with multiple locations in North Dakota and Montan, but ultimately the company closed around 1920.

Vintage Parade saddle

VINTAGE PARADE SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Michelle from Ontario, Canada
This classic 1960's era parade saddle was purchased brand new by Michelle in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1962. Michelle has taken darn good care of it because it still looks brand new. She reports that it is indeed in excellent condition and used now only for special events. Michelle shared that she loves this saddle (who wouldn't?!) and says it's the best looking saddle she has ever seen.

Vintage EF Hutchings saddle

VINTAGE E.F. HUTCHINGS SADDLE
Dennis from Arizona
This saddle is a real dandy. Made around the 1880's by Canadian saddle maker, E.F. Hutchings for the original Mounties. E.F. Hutchings would later merge his business with others to form the the Great West Saddlery Co., which became the largest saddlery firm in the British empire through the first quarter of the 20th century. This saddle is in great shape for it's age and has a deserved place on display in Dennis' home.

Unknown vintage saddle

VINTAGE CAYUSE CHIEFTAIN SADDLE
Megan from Washington
Little is known about this unusual saddle other than a maker's mark of "Cayuse Chieftain Saddle" stamped on it. Megan has had it for a year and bought it from an old cowboy at the Packwood, Washington flea market for $100. Megan has it hanging in her home as decoration. Never leaving the family this one. I think this is one for Western Horseman Magazine's "What is it Worth?" feature.


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