It was the first saddle Bill and Jean Huston made together.
The Guadalajara horn was laced in rawhide and capped with a sterling silver engraving of a mountain lion perched in a pine tree.
Ornate, the saddle was stamped with a basket weave and adorned with oak leaves.
The famous Pendleton Round-Up was in full swing and folks from around the country were window shopping at the local saddle shops.
“Is that saddle for sale?” asked a man from Oklahoma.
Bill was a bit undecided about selling the saddle but the buyer had cash burning a hole in his pocket.
So the man went back to Oklahoma with his memento from the West and the Hustons became a team.
Years later, Jean still enjoys the challenge of transforming a piece of flat leather into a work of art.
“I am always looking for a challenge,” said Jean.
Jean excels at the flatwork—including the fenders, billets, breast plate and covers for the stirrups.
“She has a perfect knife stroke and brush stroke,” said Bill.
Jean is a perfectionist.
“If it doesn’t pass my inspection, it doesn’t leave the house,” said Jean.
Jean enjoys leather tooling and does a lot of the hand set stamping on the flat leather.
"There are some saddles I'd like to keep," said Jean.
One of her favorite saddles was stamped with a starflower and adorned with sterling silver and 300 Persian stones called Sleeping Beauty.
"I hand set everyone of them," said Jean.
Jean also hitches the cinches on a loom using mohair. Her fingers fly—skillfully creating woven patterns.