Heritage saddlery is a dealer of Jim Taylor Custom saddles in Texas. We service primarily the cowhorse riders and are based out of Holland, Michigan.
Here’s a little about Jim taylor and his experience with the art saddle making:
Jim Taylor has spent most of his life in the company of horses of all kinds including breeds ranging from Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, Paints, Arabians, and Quarter horses. He began with just plain trail riding to almost every western event offered in the show ring.
Like most aspiring riders, Jim worked for many different trainers to learn all he could. He has trained, rode and shown in everything from western pleasure, trail, equitation, hackamore and full bridle stock horses. His favorite events were always reining and working cowhorse winning consistently in each of these events in his younger days.
In 1971, he purchased a western saddle and tack store in the Pacific Northwest and became very interested in providing professional quality saddles and tack to top professional western trainers and showmen of the day. This led to a full-time manufacture and repair shop with his best friend, Paul White. After selling his shop to his friend, he left for Texas in 1981 to start a new venture in saddle making and the rest is history.
Jim has applied his experience in training pens and show rings to building equipment that really works. In his words, “we build the rideability first and the pretty second”. He rides what he makes and knows what to listen for when designing a professional quality saddle for trainers making a living in the saddle.