This buckaroo style saddle is built on a 3B tree with a 15 1/2-inch seat, 9-inch swell and 4-inch shovel cantle. It is adorned with No. 5 mixed flower tooling including wild roses, poppies, domesticated roses and live oak. The post horn is 3 1/2-inches high with a 4-inch cap. Other features include round skirts, fully lined seat jockeys and fenders, 5/8 single ring rigging, California half double stirrup leathers and 4-inch Monel stirrups. The silver rigging rings and string conchos were made by Ron Mewes, Nevada City, California. Set includes a horsehair cinch made by Sarah Douglas Hagel, Dayton, Wyoming.
DOUG COX, Saddlemaker, Gardnerville, Nevada
Doug Cox apprenticed at the Ray Holes Saddle Company in Idaho for four years under Bob Kelly and Ray Holes, Sr. He spent 19 years in central Montana and has been in Gardnerville, Nevada, for eight years. He has been a full time saddle maker for 30 years.
Photos by Jeremiah Watt