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Circle Y started saddle manufacturing in 1960 in the small Texas town of Yoakum. Still located there, Circle Y continues to produce high quality saddles and tack with the heritage and tradition the company was founded on.

With a vision to build the finest product possible, founder Leland Tucker created Circle Y from the ground up. The company continued to be family operated until 2000. In 2003 under new ownership Circle Y has rekindled its founder’s commitment to be the world’s leader in product design, innovation and quality.


Today, Circle Y Saddles, Inc. is America’s leading saddle brand. Establishing this with stylish and innovative products, Circle Y products reflect the current trends in design, and that are ahead of the industry in technology.


The patented Flex-Lite™ tree design was the result of Circle Y’s desire to obtain the best saddle fit for a broad selection of horses. It has been incorporated into many of the different types of saddles made by the company.


Answering the need for comfort in the saddle, Circle Y’s Softee™ seat jockey and fender leather provides a “ready to ride” feel which minimizes the rider’s knee and ankle strain.

Circle Y makes saddles for many western disciplines. Showing, reining, trail riding, Arabian, team penning, cutting, roping, barrel racing, and ranch work saddles of many designs give riders several choices to meet their needs. Saddles and tack are made from the finest leathers available in the industry. Hardware, silver trim and finishes are of the highest quality. Experienced craftsmen build each saddle with the same care found in Circle Y products from the beginning.


In addition to saddles, bridles and breast collars, Circle Y has a complete selection of show halters. Accented with beautiful silver, these halters will enhance any horse’s head.


Circle Y Saddles, Inc. will continue to be the leader in the industry, always looking forward, for years to come.


Tips About Saddle Care:

The most important aspect of saddle care is that the life of the leather depends upon the care you give it. Most saddles experience the tough rigors of the environment, and proper care is essential to prolong their life.


Leather


  1. Oil with the best oils and leather conditioners available to you.

  2. If your saddle gets wet, clean all leather parts that have been exposed to sweat and moisture, let dry naturally, and oil.

  3. Do not use artificial heat or direct sunlight to dry leather or it may become brittle and lose its strength. Leather which has been burned through this process should no longer be used.


SEATING LEATHER


  1. Remove dust with a vacuum cleaner or a damp cloth and water.

  2. Blot spots immediately, do not let them soak into the leather-many stains will tend to disappear a few days after they have occurred. Some darkening can be expected.

  3. Let dry naturally-exposure to intense heat sources is not recommended

  4. DO NOT use cleaning products unless specifically designed for leather.

  5. DO NOT use solvents for cleaning.

  6. The regular use of specifically designed leather cleaners and protection agents is recommended.


SILVER


  1. Circle Y Silver is sterling silver electroplated and has a protective finish to prevent tarnishing-clean with a damp cloth only. Abrasive or chemical cleaners should not be used because they could result in removal of the protective finish.

  2. With normal use, saddle silver will be subject to scratches which may allow tarnishing. Use a soft cloth to buff away any tarnish.


7 Secrets Of Saddle Care


  1. Do not store saddles in plastic bags or other non-porous covers.

  2. Allow a wet or damp saddle to air-dry naturally away from sources of heat. Apply a little leather conditioner when the saddle is nearly dry to restore flexibility. Condition thoroughly when the saddle is completely dried.

  3. To prevent mildew, protect the saddle from excessive humidity. In a dry environment, regularly condition the leather to prevent the saddle from drying out and cracking.

  4. DO NOT use waxes, silicone, or other preparations that impair the ability of leather to breathe.

  5. Greases should not be used because they seal the pores, picking up additional dust and dirt and slowing drying time.

  6. Never use caustic household chemicals to clean leather. Avoid preparations that contain alcohol, turpentine, or mineral spirits.

  7. DO NOT use mink or animal fats. They will darken leather. Animal fat can also turn rancid, causing the stitching and leather to rot.


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Where there is a will, there is a way.

When I started barrel racing, I had no arena, no cowboy boots, no barrel racing saddle and no entry fee money. But I hunted up three old trash cans and put them on a little spot of ground in my grandmother's meadow. Grandma's hay crop was not too good that year, but my barrel racing sure improved!

Being a goal setter is a must for every barrel racer. You've got to WANT the win! You have to set the goal, want it and then go for it.


Keep These Simple Principles In Mind So You Will Enjoy Your Barrel Racing


  1. Be prepared. Do your homework and then let your training work for you.


  1. Back off when things are not going as you have planned. This will allow you to gain the proper perspective needed to find the solution to your problems.


  1. Convert mistakes into learning opportunities.


  1. Haul with people who enjoy the sport and make it enjoyable for you.

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