Three generations have used Grandpa Mel’s saddle.
Grandma Clarice purchased it from Sears Roebuck & Co. around 1967 for Grandpa. Many miles were spent in this well beloved gift, including adding a sofa pillow around the saddle horn as a comfortable seat for several of his children on long cattle drives. When Grandpa wasn’t riding on any given day, my husband, Marty would use it as a boy when he outgrew Grandma Clarice’s saddle. Marty continued to use it until the Christmas of 2010 when his four brothers, Chane, Brice, Brad and Lonnie went in together to have Brice make Marty’s own (The Rancher, pictured at the top).
Grandpa’s saddle sat waiting in our barn from 2010 until around 2015 when my son, who was five at the time, started riding more regular. Now, my children have the privilege of sharing Grandpa’s saddle (as well as Twilight, our trusty mare) whenever we move and work cattle.