Manufacturer: Riders Choice
Model: Master Series Custom Roper
Category: Roping Saddles
Purchase: I found the saddle online via Ebay. They were selling a custom made roping saddle for prices that seemed unreal. A buddy of mine had bought a #137 Roper from them and gave 375.00 he said he couldn't touch it in a store for 700.00. So I decided to give the Masters Series a try.
Likes: I love this saddle. I paid 650.00 for one with a 10 yr warranty and an ostrich seat. It has the best leather I have seen on a saddle in years. These people are REAL saddlemakers. I called and ordered this to be handmade. Locally I would have paid 1800.00 for a saddle like this. My local saddlemaker said he wouldn't build it for 1000.00. It fits my horse like a glove and has really thick sheepskin underneath. A high quality Steele Equi-fit Tree and total hand carving.
Dislikes: Nothing at all it is perfect!
Quality: Construction of the saddle starts with a very good tree..it sits very comfortable. The seat foam is very thick. The leather is the thickest most supple I have seen on a saddle in 20 years. They use Herman Oak leather. All the leather is latigo lined and the rigging is all secured very firmly to the tree. This saddle is unreal. I feel like I can hook a mountain to it. It weighs 44 lbs. They told me the guy that built the saddle managed Crate Saddlery for years. I can tell...the quality is superb.
Summary: I would have to say if you are looking for a saddle and don't try Riders Choice you will be sorry. After spending big bucks lately on cheaply made imported Billy Cooks and Circle Y's I called them and had a roper handmade for half of the Big named saddles. This is the best saddle purchase of my life. I am sure their order lists will be filling up soon.
Author: Norman Blake
Usefulness Rating: 2.625 out of 5.
8 reader(s) voted.
Riders Choice Saddlery 17" Roping saddle Roping Saddles
Supposedly "Porter Saddle Co." Wade tree Ranch Saddle Roping Saddles
JC MARTIN SADDLE CO RANCH WADE ASSOCIATION Roping Saddles
JC Martin Roping Wade A Fork Saddle Basket Weave J Roping Saddles
Billy Cook 2181 Classic Rancher Roping Saddles
JC Martin 15 1/2" Light Oil Western A-FORK Buckaroo WADE Saddle Roping Saddles
J C Martin Modified Association Roping saddle Roping Saddles
Jim Sands Custom Saddlery Ranch Roper Roping Saddles
J.C. Martin Saddlery Hunter - Wade Tree Roping Saddles
Rider's Choice G.W. Crate Roping Ranch Saddle Roping Saddles
Crates 2282-1 Roping Saddles
Porter Saddles All Roping Saddles
Crates Roping Saddle 188 Roping Saddles
Corriente Association Tree Saddle Roping Saddles
J Stead Custom Wade Saddle Roping Saddles
J.Stead Saddle Co. Custom Wade Saddle Roping Saddles
Corriente CSW 126 Roping Saddles
Porter Saddle of Arizona Slick Seat Wade Roper Roping Saddles
K&B Saddlery Ol' West Roper #1610 Roping Saddles
J.C. Martin Wade Roping Saddles