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Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Fave: Jason McKenzie Custom Saddles

This week, I have another super talented custom saddler. Jason McKenzie hails from Alberta, Canada. He specializes in custom Western saddles. This fellow's work is absolutely STUNNING. Most of his pieces are working, reining and roping saddles. There are even some antique reproductions. The tooling and detailing put into them is gorgeous. They are true works of art that work!! He does do show saddles with silver, but most are very understated and elegant. His prices seem competitive with other custom saddlers. Go check out his website and see what he has to offer. I have posted a few photos as a teaser below.

Now, to me the saddle above is just super elegant and simple. The ovbious quality of the leather and workmanship really shows.


I love the color contrast on the saddle above. The leather looks so rich and smooth.

I personally love the saddle pictured above. It looks so authentic. I would get one in a heartbeat if I had the cash.


Above we have a super nice, elegant show saddle. Just enough silver and gorgeous tooling. I love the contrasting inlaid seat.
Boy, check out the tooling on this one! Isn't that amazing?

10 comments:

  1. I don't even ride western and I want!

    http://badwaystosellyourhorse.blogspot.com/

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  2. I love the antique looking onwe with the taps, drooling here.

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  3. Really love that first one — simple but gorgeous!

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  4. This is what I mean by tack should be elegant and understated. The lines, the finish, everything about it says quality.

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  5. Does anyone actually SHOW in saddles like this - beyond reining, cutting and Foundation horses?

    Hmmmm...

    Comparing saddles like these to the oversilvered $10K mass-produced WP Queen saddles is like...

    An S-Class Mercedes compared to a Hummer tricked out with spinners & color-changing paint. Or even a riced-out Maxima...

    Sleek, timeless and dangerously functional VS. impractical heavy crap.

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  6. cattypex...exactly my point, and the point of this blog.

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  7. I really like the saddle third from the top. Have only ridden in a western saddle once and found it to be desperately uncomfortable, but would very much like to try the flat seat of a really made copy of a saddle from former times.

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  8. I am such a fan of wade saddles (I love the way they look; although I most likely will never have one) and their wade saddles are divine!

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