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Building Saddles for the Working Cowboy

Oliver Saddle Shop is the oldest, family-owned saddle maker in Texas By Lynn Ascrizzi In these modern times, you might think that the iconic, working cowboy is fast becoming a rare breed. But, longtime saddle maker Richard Oliver, who owns and operates the Oliver Saddle Shop in Amarillo, Texas, has his own take on the subject. He and his small team specialize in building saddles for the working cowboy. “This
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Don King

The Man in the Center By Nick Pernokas They say that a good writer should never interject himself into his stories. They say a lot of things. When dealing with “legends” of the West, they say when the legend outshines the fact, print the legend. Only sometimes, you don’t have to and this is one of those times. Most of the story that I’m going to tell you came from
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Nettles Country:

Stirrups for Every Foot By Nick Pernokas Ronnie Nettles’ legs were bothering him. His narrow oxbow stirrups, the norm for cutting horse trainers in the 1980’s, were rubbing on his shins. It probably wouldn’t have bothered a guy who just had one horse to ride, but as a cutting horse trainer at the top of the game, Ronnie had a barn full of horses to work every day. He got
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Lisa & Loren Skyhorse

Humanitarian Saddle Makers By Danna Burns-Shaw Trying to find one title that best describes the Skyhorse’s is impossible. Loren and Lisa Skyhorse are a rare husband and wife saddle-building team that create out-of-this-world leather masterpieces. Once you meet and spend time with them, you will never think of them as just saddle makers; they are truly multi-talented, cosmic human beings. Lisa and Loren were given the “Skyhorse” name by Native
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Troy West and the Thunder Beast

By Gene Fowler “The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association encourages us to be creative and innovative,” says Azle, Texas-based saddle maker Troy West. “That’s especially true for the annual Cowboy Crossings exhibition held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. They want us to push the envelope. Think outside the box. Do something that’s not been seen before.” For this year’s Cowboy Crossings show, Troy adorned his
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Martin Saddlery:

They Know the Ropes By Nick Pernokas Nestled in the rolling hills of Central Texas, the Equibrand headquarters is an impressive site. The entryway features metal figures from many western disciplines and at the end of the long driveway, the building dominates the surrounding countryside on its knoll overlooking Granbury, Texas. The lobby resembles something that might be in a home in Fort Worth, as does the conference room behind
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Rick Bean:

Keeping the Balls in the Air By Nick Pernokas [gallery ids="888,884,883" type="rectangular"] When talking with Rick Bean, the first thing you notice is his quick wit. In fact, it might take a few minutes of verbal sparring with his self-deprecating humor to slow him down enough to talk about himself. The reason is that Rick has a lot of irons in the fire; and like many small one-man shops have
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Broken Horn Saddlery:

How the West's Largest Tack Store Successfully Adapted to a Changing Environment By Nick Pernokas Baldwin Park, California doesn't seem like the place you'd find a tack shop, let alone the "West's Largest Tack Store." Driving east out of Los Angeles there is just unbroken urban sprawl. True, this was all ranch country at one time, but now as you cut through an "under construction" hospital district, you may be