“Buffalo Bill and Friends” Large Black Leather Saddle with Sculpted and Painted Details, Silver Braided Accents, and Hand Cast Medallions
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This saddle references the success of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, which gained popularity in the late 1800s. The Skyhorse’s have included portraits of Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and Wild Bill Hickok on one side, and Yellow Tail, Chief Ouray, and Sitting Bull on the other. The carving on the seat was inspired by an 1890 rug. Lisa completed the carving and painting, Loren did the braiding, and they collaborated to construct the saddle.
“We wanted to honor the true west and to highlight the collaboration and friendship between Cowboys and Indians. We love our saddles to tell stories.”
Lisa and Loren are a full-time saddle maker team. Together they have built over 1,000 saddles since 1974! They’ve become known for a classically built Western Saddle with an elegant and contemporary flavor and ride. Each saddle is a one-of-a-kind heirloom piece. Lisa is known for her unique carving and painting, and Loren is famous for his silver and leather braiding. The couple’s dedication to leather work has expanded into architectural work, wall art, and much more. Their other passion is traveling to nomadic horse cultures to work with the horsemen, bringing tools and supplies to locations as far as Mongolia, the Altai Mountains in Russia, and Peru. They have just been awarded a fellowship to Morocco to immerse themselves in traditional Moroccan leathercraft. Lisa and Loren have two children, two grandchildren, and live in Durango, CO with their three horses.