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Now !!! - U.S. Patent No. 5,953,889

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Let's be Upfront!

By DAVID JONES

Let's be upfront about this. If you don't get to the front of your team roping saddle and if you don't get your hip pockets off the back of the saddle - your chances of winning a roping are near zero percent.

How quickly you can get up and front determines how quickly you can rope. How you control your balance determines your roping accuracy. Increased balance not only keeps you from falling from your horse, but is the basis for good horsemanship.

Have you ever heard anyone say, "that's a great standing saddle?" Probably not. Yet to compete and catch effectively, a team roper must be up and front. Conventional saddles have been designed for you to sit.

The next time you go to a roping or practice, watch the headers "waller" from back to front as they struggle to maintain their balance. Then watch the heelers not only struggle to maintain a position in their saddles, but in almost every run - where they miss - lose their up and front position through the heeling corner. Maybe you have experienced the balance struggle. Well, guess what? It's not you - it's your saddle!

After seeing hundreds of students at our roping schools fight the balance battle, and remembering my own balance struggles, I decided I could and would re-design a saddle for team ropers. But the changes needed couldn't be accomplished by a saddle maker. The saddle tree had to be re-designed with five major design changes and more than half a dozen minor changes.

From all this work, a saddle designed for team ropers has evolved.

Even with the major changes to our saddle trees, we have been able to maintain - and improve upon - the team roping characteristics of great horse-fitting saddles throughout history.

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FROM THIS: (THE OLD WAY)

Old Saddles - Four Photos

TO THIS:

New Saddles - Two Photos
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CUSTOM SADDLES FOR:

Rotating Star TEAM ROPING

Rotating Star CALF ROPING

Rotating Star WESTERN PLEASURE

FOR THE RIDER:
  • Drastically Improved Balance * GUARANTEED*
  • At least 2"; narrower for the rider WITHOUT narrowing the fit on the horse
  • Better rope control and accuracy * GUARANTEED*
  • Improved horsemanship ability * GUARANTEED*

FOR THE HORSE:

  • Designed for a Better Fit - Especially the more athletic horse * GUARANTEED*
  • At least 50% less leverage, from the saddle horn, for Team Roping and Calf Roping Horses
  • Horses simply work better under these saddles
Rotating Star VERTICAL BALANCE
Rotating Star CUSTOM
Rotating Star HANDMADE
Rotating Star GUARANTEED


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New Invention

My family has been in the saddle tree and saddle making business for over 55 years, and I, personally, have been in the business for over 35 years.

When David Jones came to me with his plans to redesign the saddle tree and saddle, I assured him that there was nothing he could design that had not already been done.

David proved to me that it not only could be done - but that the changes work. The changes make so much sense I don't know how or why they have been overlooked for so long. He has come up with at least 5 major changes and several minor changes to the traditional team roping tree that in my 35 years of experience have never been attempted as he has designed them.

We are witnessing history in the making with this saddle tree design and patent. Many gimicky changes in saddles have come and gone, but this is the first time actual functional changes - that work - have been made based upon a combination of Physics and Bio-mechanics.

These saddle trees and the resulting saddles are already having, and will continue to have, a major impact on the team roping industry and the western industry in general.

The customers I have met, who have purchased these saddles, are extremely impressed with the function and quality of this new design.

Bret Hadlock
Hadlock & Fox
Saddle Tree Company
New Braunfels, Texas

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    CUSTOM SADDLE FEATURES:
  • David E. Jones, vertical balance, custom made, fiberglass covered, wood saddle tree (U.S. Patent No. 5,953,889)
  • 3" Stainless steel, dropped front D-ring, double-D-rigging
  • 1" Stainless steel, breast collar D-rings
  • 90-10 Real Wool skirt lining with synthetic backing (optional)
  • Clipping D-rings under back housing conchos
  • Silver, near side catcher plate
  • Dropped Cheyenne roll
  • Selection of standard conchos
  • “Crooked Stirrups” – the official stirrup of the WTRC
  • Blocked, heavy leather, double stitched, skirts
  • Blocked and lined single or double stitched back housings
  • 12 ounce split, top grain, fenders and stirrup leathers
  • 12 ounce split, top grain, seat jockey
  • Hand buffed rough-out leather
  • Selection of high quality leather options including Herman Oak, Wicket and Craig and other American manufacturers
  • Leather, rear billets
  • Custom 6" Flank girth with stainless steel buckles
  • Natural, buffed leather edges
  • 3" single piece, double tug, lined, breast collars (optional)
with the
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Verticle Balance
Saddle Tree

U.S. Patent No. 5,953,889

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“Our current models are really great. The standard gullet width is 6 3/4 inches however the tremendous fit of the bar twist is really important on our saddles. We haven't had any problems fitting a wide variety of horses.

Because of the design of our saddles (the patent) and the vertical balance of the saddle, a rider takes a different size than traditional. Without the rise to the front of the saddle seat and with the center ride seat pocket, wasted space in the saddle is eliminated. If you normally ride in a 15 1/2 saddle you may want a 13 1/2 or medium in our saddles. Yes, our saddles are different. We guarantee your satisfaction. We base our sizes on jean size. The saddles come in small (13"), medium (13 1/2"), large (14"), x-large (14 1/2") and 2x-large (15”). A small fits jean size up to 30”, medium 31-33“, large 34-36, x-large 37-39 and 2x-large 40”+. You also have a choice of conchos and custom conchos are available.

Since the saddles are all custom built, you can order a variety of options.

Order time has been about six weeks and we have slots open for orders placed now. Prices start at $2,795 for the full rough out model and all of our saddles are custom handmade in Texas.

We are very proud of the value in our completely custom, hand-made saddles.

The fork (swell) has more clearance to the horse and allows the saddle to fit a wider variety of horses.

Our saddles come with our Patented, Crooked Stirrups®, angled riding stirrups, the official stirrup of the WTRC on them, at no extra charge ($150 value). Trust me on this, you do want them. They are as good as the saddles. Check them out on the “crooked stirrups” page in the menu at the top or bottom of this page.

Matching breast collars are available as an option. They are our, special design, one piece, 4 strap collars with a deep throat cut-out . They don't bounce. They are tooled (or not tooled) to match the saddles with the tooling pattern you choose.

The saddles have a center riding pocket with the stirrups leathers and riding pocket placed over the horse’s center of gravity. The increased stability is amazing. The front of the bar pad extends forward and drastically reduces the leverage to the saddle horn.

Our saddles are definitely different and designed to make a positive difference in your riding and roping. Our saddles are patented (U.S. Patent No. 5,953,889).

Thank you for you looking at our saddles. Let us know if you want to order or if we can answer any more of your questions.”   -- David

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All Rough-Out: All the standard features and crafted with hand buffed, #1 Herman Oak rough-out leather. Smooth leather trim on catchers, horn, binder cover and back billets.

Natural Leather Trim     $2,795 + S&H

   
     
Half Basket Tooled: All the standard features and crafted with your choice of leather, with hand tooled, half basket tooling. Roll-Laced cantle and fork over natural rawhide. Matching, tooled trim on binder cover and back billets.

$3,095 + S&H

   
     
Full Basket Tooled: All the standard features and crafted with your choice of leather, with full, hand tooled, basket tooling. Roll-Laced cantle over natural rawhide. Matching, tooled trim on binder cover and back billets.

$3,195 + S&H

   
     
Half Oak Tooled: All the standard features and crafted with your choice of leather with custom hand tooled, Large Oak tooling pattern. #1 Herman Oak special rough-out jockey and fender. Roll-Laced cantle over natural rawhide. Matching, tooled trim on binder cover and back billets.

$3,395 + S&H

   
     
Half Oak Tooled: All the standard features and crafted with your choice of leather with custom hand tooled, Enth Leaf Oak tooling pattern. #1 Herman Oak special rough-out jockey and fender. Roll-Laced cantle over natural rawhide. Matching, tooled trim on binder cover and back billets.

$3,395 + S&H

   
     
Full Oak-Enth Leaf Tooled: All the standard features and crafted with medium oiled, Chestnut leather. Custom hand tooled, small oak tooling pattern. Roll-Laced cantle over natural rawhide. Tan rough-out seat. Silver Tips and Catcher slot.

$3,595 + S&H

   
     
Full Oak-Enth Leaf Tooled: All the standard features and crafted with dark oiled, Chestnut leather. Custom hand tooled, small oak tooling pattern. Roll-Laced cantle over natural rawhide.

$3,595 + S&H

   
Standard Concho Choices:

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