We are so excited to be a part of the 2021 RFD TV American Qualifier and Woody's Custom Saddles Open Barrel Race put on by The Calgary Barrel Classic. We have made a tab on our header menu where you can find all the up-to-date information regarding the race or click this quick link button below! Hope to see you all there!
𝐋𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐛𝐢𝐠 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎!
We planned on hitting the road to see our customers at events in their home towns (or closer to their towns) as we have done the last several years. It always makes it easier for our customers to catch up with us on the road to get a saddle fitting for themselves and their horses.
Although we do not have any large events to go to so far in 2020, we want to send out a huge thank you for those that have made the miles (many miles) to come directly here to the saddle shop. Seeing the horses in person sets everyone up for success. Also the customers online that are patient with all of our extensive questions trying to get the right fit from afar. We appreciate all of you and look forward to watching everyone compete and/or get out and about again!
Although we remain 110% focused on our saddles and saddle fit, we have been asked several times throughout the years to carry a few more products. You asked, and we are delivering. If you don't have time to come to the saddle shop, or until we see you on the road again....we have set up a new section on our website called "SHOP THE TACK ROOM". Here you will find a few new additional items we are excited to offer our customers. You can expect these new products to be in line with the level of quality you have been accustomed to receiving from Woody's Custom Saddles. We do not have a full e-commerce website as we prefer to have contact with our customers so they can get the right products for their needs. Feel free to call, email or message us on Facebook to purchase the products you require. All items we carry will not be shown online, so feel free to contact us to see if we may have what you are looking for! For the interim, these new items will ship in Canada only. This new section of our website is a work in progress and will be updated weekly for the next little while....enjoy!
We made this video highlighting some key aspects of saddles and saddle fit to share with our customers. When you make an appointment with us, we go into more detail with regards to saddle trees, different types of riggings, stirrup placements for different disciplines and rider body types, how and why your horses' saddle fit (body type) along with rider style determines seat size....and many more aspects to saddles and saddle fit that can help our customers and their horses reach the ultimate goal of a balanced, comfortable ride.
Give us a call or send us a message if you are in the market for a new saddle. We would be happy to schedule an appointment to help you and your horse get on the right track before we are all turned back loose on the performance trail! #weareonyourteam
Hope everyone is staying positive and well in this 'new temporary world'. This is a sincere message from us here at WOODY'S CUSTOM SADDLES. Please take a moment to read. I know every company wants to reach out right now and your Woody's Custom Saddles family does to!
What have we been up to at WOODY'S CUSTOM SADDLES?
What has NOT changed:
What HAS changed:
With change can come growth. Keep riding if you can. Keep moving forward. Keep your horses in shape and when this all breaks we will ALL have our best feet forward!
DJ & Terryl Woodward
Woody’s Custom Saddles
Everyone wants the best quality product they can possibly get at the most affordable price. We are no different when we go shopping. It can be overwhelming ordering a custom saddle and many ask themselves 'how do I sort through which are necessary and unnecessary options?' When trying to stick to a budget, we suggest to lean towards functionality and primarily what is best for the horse. Tooling and special finishes are no doubt unique and look fantastic but they can make a big difference to your pocket book too. Our Woody's Custom Saddles customers can feel confident that our full roughout baseline saddle will stop the clock just as fast as our full tooled and dyed saddle. No matter which saddle finishes you choose you can rest assured that they are all handmade using the same process, same high end quality leather and same American made saddle tree which all equally deserve the best possible natural fibers for lining. REAL SHEEPSKIN.
It can be difficult to the untrained eye to identify synthetic lining on a saddle; however, once you do, it will be equally as difficult to accept anything less than real sheepskin on your custom made saddle. Synthetic lining is primarily used to keep the manufacture's/maker's material costs down and whether they pass those savings onto the customer is maker specific. Real sheepskin comes at more of an expense and some consumers can not recognize the difference in appearance therefore the maker will default to choosing to keep their material costs down.
So is the extra cost of REAL SHEEPSKIN worth it? Yes, most definitely.
In the words of another respected maker in the the industry. "The supportive nature of REAL sheepskin is notably better than the synthetic. Even the best synthetic material cannot compare to the thick plush stack of fibers that real natural sheep wool provides. This attribute is defined as the “pile” of the hide. Higher quality hides will have a thicker pile to them. This is important to offer the maximum amount of cushion and to prevent the breakdown and flattening of the fibers." This is also why it may take a little more break in time on our Woody's Custom Saddle's compared to synthetic lined saddles as the sheepskin has to warm up and mould to your horses back.
"Another advantage of real wool is once you identify the difference it simply just looks better. When it comes to a custom saddle or high quality manufactured saddle, nothing takes away from the overall appearance than synthetic wool under the skirts. Genuine sheepskin just has a look of quality and value that sets a saddle off."
**REAL SHEEPSKIN is a standard feature on our Woody's Custom Saddles**
Here is an article taken from a sheepskin processing site to help you identify whether your saddle has REAL or synthetic sheepskin for your information.
See you down the road!
We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our WOODY'S CUSTOM SADDLES customers. Our biggest reward is being able sit back and watch both horse and rider reach their potential through hard work and saddle fit. We know it takes a lot of work and dedication to be the best that you can be and we are grateful you trusted us to come along for YOUR ride. We are proud to see the confidence in our customers knowing they can perform to best of their ability without hesitation.
That being said we are continually fine tuning the fit, form and functionality of our saddles. Conversations in the traditional western retail stores are often centered around gullet width alone; however, there are so many more aspects involved than only gullet width. If you are ever able to come to our saddle shop to see and understand ALL the aspects of saddle fit, you will be on the road to understanding different possible scenarios when it comes to fitting multiple horses in the future. We are continually committed to presenting our customers with what is right for them in regards to saddle fit, as opposed to what is right here, right now.
We look forward to meeting new customers in 2019 and also visiting with YOU, our current customers, about your continued successes.
Carman Pozzobon had the Canadian torch burning at the RFD-TV The American in the barrel racing right up to the final four round. Carman and her buckskin mare Ripn' Lady clocked a 13.804 in the long round of The American Semi Finals at Fort Worth, TX bringing her back in 5th position to run in the Semi Finals short round.
The short round Semi Finals consisted of the top 33 barrel racers from the long round split into three performances, Thursday (10), Friday (10) and Saturday (13). The top ten of the Semi Final performances then advanced to Sunday's RFD-TV The American Finals in Arlington, TX. Pozzobon's Semi Final short round run Saturday afternoon was yet again another solid run placing her 7th with a 13.894 and advancing her to the RFD-TV The American Finals in the AT&T Stadium at Arlington, TX.
Pozzobon made it through the qualifying rounds so she was eligible for the extra chance at a piece of the $1 Million dollar pot in Sunday's finals. Sunday's final format consisted of the top 10 qualifying runs (Carman's position) and 10 select invited contestants (World Champions etc.) all vying for 4 positions to run in the shootout round the same day for the RFD-TV The American title!
Carman and Ripn' Lady entered the alley as we have seen them do a hundred times here in Canada; calm, focused and as one. It looked like any other day for them as Ripn' Lady ate up every barrel with confidence. A mere brush on the backside of the third barrel took them out of advancing to the final four. We talked with Carman and she was extremely happy with how Ripn' Lady handled the entire week and she already has her sights set on a repeat appearance in 2019! Watch all three runs here!
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Diane Skocdopole & Sonic 2017 CPRA Rookie of Year and Permit Champions
We were able to visit with MATT FAWCETT (Multiple Time CFR qualifier, CFR Average Champion and 2 x CPRA Heel Horse of the year recipient) and DEVIN WIGEMYR (CFR qualifier and currently sitting second in the 2017 CPRA Heeling Standings) this past weekend at the Team Roping Canada Finals in Calgary, AB. Check out the interviews with these two great roping athletes in our
NEW SERIES on YouTube.....'Talk with the Winners, The Conversation is Different".
We had a great weekend at the Runaway/Breeze weekend in Ponoka AB where we watched ladies take home some BIG cheques, literally! One we are extremely excited for is one of our endorsees Carman Pozzobon who not only took home $25K from this event but also set a NEW ARENA RECORD as well! Watch this video of Carman and her mare Ripp cracking off a 16.90 on this standard set! #teamwoodyscustomsaddles