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Custom Made Cowboy Dressage Saddles and Tack


Designed by Eitan Especially For You.

Why Ride a Cowboy Dressage Saddle

The history of the western saddle is an American journey. I would  like to share with you the short version and how it relates to the Cowboy Dressage Saddles that we offer for sale.

The early western saddles were built with a deep centered seat with the fenders and stirrups under the rider’s hips allowing for the rider to be in better balance. With the popularity of the Rodeo in the 1950’s, the saddles began to change. You saw a flatter seat with a low cantle.  The fenders became thicker and were set more forward putting the rider in a chair position. The deep centered seat disappeared and the legs were placed in a forward position. This may have been good for calf roping and bull dogging but it did not allow for the rider’s proper position. This became the style of western saddles and seeped over into the show ring of today. With the advent of the closer contact reining and cutting saddles, the saddles did improve. The fenders being less bulky allowed for more leg movement. In some but not all the fender was set back a bit, a much needed improvement compared to the saddles of the 50th and in today’s show ring.

When designing these custom built Cowboy Dressage Saddles, we took all this into consideration. The saddles we built have a deeper seat by adding an extra inch to the height of the cantle. The fenders and stirrups are set well back under the rider’s seat putting them back in balance. The fenders are narrow allowing for more feel and freedom of movement. The saddles are a close contact with a 7/8 rigging so there is no bulk under the fender. The seat has a “narrow twist” which if you have ever ridden in one you will never want a saddle without it. These are simple things but they are very important and what can make the difference in a saddle that you can ride in for long rides on the trail or compete in Cowboy Dressage or pleasure classes. Like a horse, when the saddle is built to work with you and help you, it makes for a comfortable and effective ride. Your horse appreciates your improved balance and clearer cues. You appreciate the comfort and ease of riding it allows.

These saddles are reasonably priced. Watch for a new model in the near future. A rounded skirt with a bit of buckaroo styling.

Saddle Spec Choices:

  • 15-16 ½” seats available
  • Choice of leather oil. Medium to dark oil.
  • Choice of seat color
  • Choice of rough out, smooth leather or hard seat
  • Fenders measured to your leg length
  • 100% wool fleece
  • Narrow twist, close contact tree
  • 26 ½’ – 27” from front to back of saddle
  • Approx 32-33 lbs
  • 7” gullet

All Saddles Come With These Features

  • Wooden stirrups.
  • Narrow Fenders
  • Number one quality Herman Oak leather
  • Custom sterling Cowboy Dressage Conchos
  • Rear tie strings
  • Fenders set under the riders seat


  • The tree is a rawhide covered wood tree designed by Olin Young. Olin Young was a world champion roper in the 60’s and he first designed the “twist” in the bars of the tree to create the narrow twist. This narrow twist makes the saddle much more comfortable. It also helps the saddle lie flat. The front of the saddle is a bit more extended to also offer balance, support and fit.
  • The tree is a bit larger than full quarter horse bars.

Terms of Sale

  • All sales are final.
  • A $1000 nonrefundable deposit is required to start order
  • Allow 12-13 weeks for delivery

The Eitan

New for 2015. Cowboy Dressage Custom Saddle's presents the "Eitan" Cowboy Dressage Saddle. The "Eitan" has the same high end quality, tree and maker as the Compadre and Santa Fe models. This is a stunning saddle. Can't take your eyes off it and it rides as good as it looks.

$3600.00 ( includes shipping and ins)
To order, contact: Bonnie Glasgow, 214-707-1873

The Compadre

Medium Dark Oil Small Texas Rose Tooling with Rope Border, Camel Smooth Leather Seat.
$3200.00 ( includes shipping and ins)

To order, contact: Bonnie Glasgow, 214-707-1873
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The Compadre II

Dark oil and ostrich seat. $4000 (includes shipping and ins)
To order, contact: Bonnie Glasgow, 214-707-1873

The Santa Fe

Medium Dark Oil, Entz Tooling, Rough-out seat
$2900.00 ( includes shipping and ins)

To order, contact: Bonnie Glasgow, 214-707-1873

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Santa Fe in Dark Oil and Black Slick Seat

The Cheyenne

Cowboy Dressage Introduces The New “Cheyenne”

$3500 (as shown/includes bucking rolls) plus shipping and tax if applicable

For ordering contact Kenda Firkins at: 817-291-2829 or you can contact Debbie at 530-346-2715

Building time approximately 8-10 weeks. Custom Trees available.

Cowboy Dressage is now offering a rounded skirt Cowboy Dressage Saddle by Kenda Firkins Saddles of Texas. We chose Kenda to build our new Cheyenne for us because of the quality, workmanship and ride that comes with Kenda’s saddles.

We are very excited about this new saddle. If offers a different look and feel to round out our Custom Cowboy Dressage Saddle Line. This is a light weight saddle appealing to those who want a saddle that easy to put on and take off.

More information below saddle photos.

General saddle information:

The Tree

The Cheyenne can be ordered with or without bucking rolls. The tooling is a Texas Rose and Basket Weave.

The trees used are wooden trees with a special fiberglass coating on the top. We lifetime guarantee our trees.

The trees used are wooden trees with a special fiberglass coating on the top. There is a lifetime guarantee on the trees. Most importantly Kenda will find the tree that fits your horse the best. She can adjust the bars to fit your horse. In other words if we have a tree that fits the best out of all but may need to tweak it here or there for the best fit that is what she will do. The tree is then made especially for your horse.

Powder River Rigging

This rigging is a one piece rigging that ties both the front and rear rigging together. This allows equal distribution of the weight. Because of this design of rigging you will not need to tighten the girth as much. In addition, this design lessens the need for a rear cinch.


A $1125.00 down payment is required and the remainder is due when your new saddle is ready to ship. Visa, Mastercard, or money order as deposit. Because this is a custom fit saddle, every detail is closely monitored. Every saddle is reviewed and approved by our master saddle-maker, Mr. Jim Taylor. Saddles take approximately 12-16 weeks for completion. The trees have a lifetime warranty to the original owner and there is a five year guarantee on workmanship and materials through Jim Taylor Custom Saddlery Company.

The Options

There are three leather colors to choose from: gold, chestnut, or chocolate. Once you have selected the base color, you may further determine the shade of the leather using oil. You may choose no oil, one shade darker, or two shades darker.

Seat Leather
Every seat is custom designed for each rider’s body style. Your options are: Top-grain (smooth Leather), or Suede Leather (included in the base price).

Glove Leather Lined Seats and Fenders
Glove leather lined fenders are more than just for looks. Research has shown us that the original leather used for most fenders is usually somewhat thick and stiff. Our saddlemaker has experimented with thinner leathers, different oiling procedures, and various other methods to soften fenders for more rider comfort and better “feel” of the horse when riding the saddle. Thinner leather tends to stretch, rollup, and have a short life span. Too much oil results in oil stains and leather deterioration. The end process found that what solves the problem is to thin-down fenders with a special machine designed to ‘level’ fender leather thickness to our specifications… and then attach with a special flexible glue a heavy, soft glove leather lining. The results are outstanding. Fenders are softer, don’t stretch, and can be oiled in the usual way to match the rest of the saddle without overdoing it. The total results are closer contact, better ‘feel’, and greater rider comfort with no stretching.

This saddle will have a Hamley twist on the lower portion of the fender which turns the stirrups for you.

With Every Saddle:

  • 2” Plain Aluminum, or, Wood Laminated Stirrups 
  • 2 sets of 24” Latigo Saddle Strings
  • Glove-leather lined Fenders
  • #1 Quality Domestic Leather in Chocolate, Gold, or Chestnut colors
  • Bucking Rolls to match seat color if desired
  • Embossed Decoration Stainless Steel Rigging Hardware
  • Padded seat
  • Custom Cowboy Dressage Conchos
  • Choice of seat size

Every saddle is truly a work of master craftsmanship. Each saddle is exclusive to each customer and his/her horse.     

Cowboy Dressage Saddle by Dale Chavez of Chavez Saddles

The Cowboy Dressage Saddle by master saddle maker Dale Chavez of Temecula, CA. When Eitan and Garn Walker designed this saddle they had something very specific in mind. They were wanting something very western with an old California look to it. The Mother Hubbard skirt was just the right design to make this new Cowboy Dressage stand out as recognized model.

Each saddle is on a reining tree for closer contact with a narrow twist for more comfort. It is cut out under the top of the fender for closer contact with the rider's thighs. The fenders and stirrups are set well under the seat for proper leg placement and correct position of rider. The fenders move freely allowing for full use of the leg aids. The cantle sets just a bit higher allowing for a deeper more secure seat.

All saddles have custom made sterling Cowboy Dressage Logo Conchos. You have the option to have a corner Concho to match in the skirt if desired.
Matching bridles and breast collars can be designed and ordered.

There are a variety of options available. Please contact us at or 530-346-2715 for additional information or ordering.

Saddle as shown $3900 plus shipping and tax when applicable.

Matching brow band headstall by Chavez. $ 190
Matching breast collar by Chavez. $ 225


   Loping Hackamore designed by Eitan and made by Dale Chavez

You've got to love this! A beautiful, quality loping hackamore that is more than just work equipment. Perfect for starting young horses and for transitioning to the next step. The unique design allows for the use of a direct and indirect rein that you do not get from a regular hackamore.

You have a horse hair mecate split rein with tooled leather poppers to add to the overall look. A  Theodor is added to complete the hackamore.

A limited supply in stock. Can be ordered. As shown priced at $195 plus tax and shipping when applicable.

For ordering or purchasing information contact: or 530-346-2715


Loping Hackamore by Buckaroo Leather. Beautiful. Lots of quality.

A limited supply in stock. Can be ordered. As shown priced at $325 plus tax and shipping when applicable.

For ordering or purchasing information contact: or 530-346-2715



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