Saddles of the World

Argentina GauchoWhen traveling abroad, leave behind your expectations, and your saddle. Learn how four horse cultures outside the United States put their own spin on stock saddles.

 

 

 

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Saddle-Fit Roundtable

Saddle-Fit Roundtable

When it comes to purchasing a custom saddle, it’s important your investment fits your horse. Here, eight of the world’s top saddlemakers share their insights on the art and science of saddle fit. Continued from the November 2009 issue of Western Horseman.

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The Legendary Link

SpurUsing a traditional method of melding silver and steel, bit and spur maker Chuck Irwin connects contemporary cowboys to Californio-style craftsmanship.

 

 

 

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Arena All-Star

Story by Kyle Partain
Photograph by Sharon Fibelkorn

Typhoons SunsetDespite the fact she’s 22 years old, Sunset still runs faster than rider Tom Wilson can fire his gun in mounted-shooting competitions. The two have never set the mounted-shooting world on fire, but that hasn’t stopped them from having fun in the sport.

There were 29 horses and riders who took part in the first Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Championships in 1994. Tycoons Sunset, was just 7 years old at the time and was competing in her first competitive event.

Fifteen years later, Sunset has reached a ripe old age of 22, and is still carrying Tom Wilson into the arena at mounted shooting matches along the West Coast. Wilson is 69, so the pair would definitely qualify as the oldest horse-rider tandem at just about any match they attend. Make no mistake; Tom and Sunset haven’t exactly set the mounted-shooting world on fire with their accomplishments. The pair is mostly in it to have a good time and hang out with old friends.

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