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RIP Don Hedgpeth

On June 25, 2020, the West lost one of its greatest voices. Don Hedgpeth passed away in a San Antonio hospital with Shug, Cody and Clint at his side. Don was a renowned author, historian, humorist and entertainer, as well as a staunch supporter of the TCA since its inception in 1998. Most of the […]

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The Most Basic Elements

I’ve often suggested to long-time, serious students of saddle making that a good mental exercise is to reduce a saddle to its most basic elements and either imagine or sketch what the result might look like. The attached sketch is one that I made about twenty-five years ago as just such an exercise. The drawing […]


The Wade Saddle: Fabulous or Fad?

Published in the 2013 January / February Issue of Eclectic Horseman Magazine About forty years ago I started hearing stories about Ray Hunt and his clinics. Usually, the account came from a wide-eyed cowboy who had witnessed twenty or thirty “colts” turned loose in a pen, saddled and ridden but with nothing on their heads. […]