Saddle Leather Care

Leather Care

The life of your saddle depends on the care you give it. Take care of your investment with these leather care tips.

BRAND NEW
Every new Circle Y saddle has been oiled and then lacquered with our own water-based protective finish, which means you don’t need to oil it for about six months. If you’re riding a lot in dry or variable weather conditions, you should oil it sooner. If your saddle is a light color, use a leather conditioner product that is specifically designed for light leather so it will not darken the leather. Helpful tip for show or light colored saddles: oil the back of the leather, not the top, because the leather can darken.

ROUTINE CLEANING
Unbuckle every buckle on your saddle and tack. Before you start cleaning, remove as much dust and dirt as possible with an air compressor or damp cloth. Leather is a natural material with pores so removal of debris will prevent grinding it into the crevices. Ideally your saddle should be wiped down after each ride.

PRODUCTS WE LIKE
Use specific leather care products made for cleaning and conditioning leather and follow the instructions. We like a liquid, glycerin based saddle soap to remove mud, grime, mold, and mildew. Follow with a leather conditioner. If your saddle is a light color, use leather care products specifically designed for light colored leather.
DO NOT USE: baby wipes, olive or mink oil, turpentine, mineral spirits, waxes, silicones, solvents, bleach

STORING YOUR SADDLE
After your saddle has been thoroughly cleaned, oiled, conditioned, and air dried, a climate-controlled area is the best place to keep equipment when not in use. If that’s not available, choose a cool, dry location away from heat and sunlight. Never place leather tack in a plastic bag or airtight plastic trunk as this keeps the leather from breathing.

REHABILITATE
Mold and mildew can form on leather tack when exposed to high humidity. Wipe down the leather everywhere you see the mold/mildew with a glycerin based saddle soap. You’ll be stirring up mold spores when cleaning the tack, so tackle this task outdoors or in a well-ventilated environment. It may take a couple of applications depending on the amount of mold on the saddle. Let it dry and then apply a leather conditioner.

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Rider Safety Check

Watch these tips to help keep you safe in the saddle. Before mounting, conduct a thorough walk-around tack check every time you ride. Check these points:

– saddle and pad should be centered
– cinch is in great condition and centered
– tie straps and latigos should be in good shape: soft and supple free of rips, cracks or tears – never use leather that is cracked or overly dry or nylon that is frayed
– there are hobble straps on the fenders
– stirrup leathers are strong and in good shape
– saddle is rigged the same on both sides
– bridle is fitting correctly
– check all Chicago screws for tightness
– check everywhere metal meets leather

 

CIRCLE Y SADDLES, INC. WELCOMES PROFESSIONAL BARREL RACER LISA LOCKHART TO THE TEAM OF CHAMPIONS

YOAKUM, Texas (November 30, 2010): Circle Y Saddles, Inc., America’s Leading Saddle Brand, welcomes professional barrel racer Lisa Lockhart to the Team of Champions.

Lisa Lockhart is a four-time NFR qualifier barrel racer, two-time Canadian Finals Rodeo champion, rancher, mother, and horse trainer. Lockhart credits her success to the great support she receives from her family to professionally rodeo. Lockhart resides in Oelrichs, South Dakota where she works with her husband on their cattle ranch and trains barrel horses.

Lockhart rides her new 1544 Fast & Furious Barrel Racer designed with a Flex2® tree for the horse’s freedom of movement. The main objective was to fit her large barrel horses and the result is a new extra wide tree width available to accommodate horses with large shoulders. It also has a low profile fit for close contact with the horse, Grip-Rite™ close contact skirt liner, and pre-twisted fenders for rider comfort with rubber grip stirrups to keep your feet secure. The seat has a star cutout with snake print inlays combined with silver star conchos for amazing eye appeal.

“We are proud to have Lisa as our newest Team of Champions member. She embodies all of the characteristics we look for whenever we search for new influentials,” said Mark Jemelka, chief operating officer of Circle Y Saddles.

CIRCLE Y SADDLES, INC. WELCOMES CHAMPION COWBOY MOUNTED SHOOTER DAN BYRD TO THE TEAM OF CHAMPIONS

YOAKUM, Texas (November 4, 2010): Circle Y Saddles, Inc., America’s Leading Saddle Brand, welcomes professional horse trainer and champion cowboy mounted shooter Dan Byrd to the Team of Champions.

Dan Byrd is a professional horse trainer and champion competitor in Cowboy Mounted Shooting. With more than 20 years professional experience in the horse training industry, he has produced winning horses in Cowboy Mounted Shooting and a variety of Western and English disciplines. He resides at his training facility in Cave Creek, Arizona.

Circle Y collaborated with Byrd following specifications for tree design and utility of his new Dan Byrd Super Shooter. It is designed for Cowboy Mounted Shooting but with a fiberglass reinforced wood tree suitable for roping, it’ll pull double duty in competition and around the ranch. The close contact skirt puts you close to the horse for precise cueing, the moderate swell and short horn stay out of the way when reaching for guns, fenders are placed for optimum mobility, and pretwisted stirrup leathers relieve joint fatigue. Matching rear cinch set is included. “My new Super Shooter was designed for the all around competitor. This saddle has the versatility to take you from the ranch to the arena,” said Dan Byrd.

“Dan adds a new dimension to our Team of Champions. With his input, we were able to create a new saddle that is suitable for multiple disciplines,” said Mark Jemelka, chief operating officer of Circle Y Saddles.

CIRCLE Y SADDLES OFFERS FLEX2® HYBRID TRAIL SADDLES

YOAKUM, Texas (June 4, 2010): Circle Y Saddles, America’s Leading Saddle Brand, has designed four styles of Flex2® Hybrid trail saddles that are even lighter weight and top-quality.

The Flex2® Hybrid trail saddles feature Cordura® skirts and fenders for even lighter weight. They are built with all the hand-made quality you expect from Circle Y with the proven favorite Flex2® trees for superior comfort, fit, and freedom of movement for the horse. Padded seats will keep the rider comfortable on all-day rides and ErgoBalance™ stirrups decrease knee and ankle fatigue while promoting balanced riding. There are four styles including an endurance and draft design. All styles have a matching headstall, breast collar and wool felt pad for a complete look.

Circle Y’s Flex2® tree revolutionized the saddle world and has evolved from 1998’s original Flex-Lite® design. The Flex2® tree has a wood swell and cantle with high and low density bars. The high density bars distributes the rider’s weight while the low density bars conform to the horse for fit and are slightly flexible to provide the horse freedom of movement. The groundseat is built into the tree for a perfectly comfortable padded seat.

“At Circle Y Saddles, we are continuously looking for feature and benefit improvements to our trail saddle line. We feel this new release has some of the most rider friendly features on the market today,” said Mark Jemelka, chief operating officer of Circle Y Saddles.

Circle Y Saddles, Inc. is America’s Leading Saddle Brand. Circle Y’s innovative products reflect the current trends in design and are ahead of the industry in technology. Circle Y started saddle manufacturing in 1960 in the small Texas town of Yoakum and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of saddle making. Still located there, Circle Y continues to produce high quality saddles and tack with the heritage and tradition the company was founded on. Circle Y saddles and tack are sold through a network of authorized dealers; visit circley.com to learn more.

CIRCLE Y SADDLES AND JOHN WAYNE HAVE TEAMED UP FOR SIGNATURE SADDLES

YOAKUM, Texas (June 4, 2010): Circle Y Saddles, America’s Leading Saddle Brand, is proud to team up once again with John Wayne Enterprises to create the John Wayne Signature Saddle line.

The four-saddle collection is inspired by American legend John Wayne and hand crafted in the buckaroo style. They are built tough and crafted to outlast the rigors of daily use. Three saddle designs are built with a Kevlar® reinforced wood tree which carries a lifetime warranty and are suitable for heavy ranch work including roping. One saddle design features a Flex2® tree for lighter weight and is ideal for trail or recreational riding. Each saddle has premium features which include beautifully hand tooled and finished leather, genuine wool skin skirt lining, and engraved hardware. Matching headstall, martingale style breast collar, and wool felt saddle pad are available.

In 2007, Circle Y Saddles created the Courage saddle to honor Wayne’s historic 100th birthday. The limited edition saddle was inspired by a saddle Wayne used in several movies. The original saddle is on display in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

“All of the employees of Circle Y Saddles felt extremely privileged to be a part of the making of the ‘Courage’ Saddle. We feel this Signature Series saddle project will be just as rewarding,”
said Mark Jemelka, chief operating officer of Circle Y Saddles.

Circle Y Saddles, Inc. is America’s Leading Saddle Brand. Circle Y’s innovative products reflect the current trends in design and are ahead of the industry in technology. Circle Y started saddle manufacturing in 1960 in the small Texas town of Yoakum and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of saddle making. Still located there, Circle Y continues to produce high quality saddles and tack with the heritage and tradition the company was founded on. Circle Y saddles and tack are sold through a network of authorized dealers; visit circley.com to learn more.

John Wayne, the John Wayne signature, & Duke/The Duke are the exclusive trademark property of John Wayne Enterprises, LLC. The John Wayne name and likeness and all other related indicia are the intellectual property of John Wayne Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. www.johnwayne.com

CIRCLE Y SADDLES AND PACWEST BARREL RACING ASSOCIATION TEAM UP

YOAKUM, Texas (May 3, 2010): Circle Y Saddles, America’s Leading Saddle Brand, is proud to sponsor PacWest Barrel Racing Association.

Will Sawyer, the founder of PacWest Barrel Racing, was inspired to create a nationally recognized association to fill the void left by other barrel racing and rodeo associations to include men and grow the sport of barrel racing. Sawyer personally rides a Circle Y 1529 Flex2® barrel saddle to which he attributes the recent improvements in his runs. He strongly believes in the Circle Y saddle brand, making it the natural choice as the official saddle of PacWest Barrel Racing.

“The Circle Y Flex 2 saddle has helped me to sit during the turns and ride aggressively around the barrels, and that saddle is amazing!” said Sawyer about clocking his best times after making the switch to his Circle Y saddle.

“Circle Y has always been a leader in the barrel racing discipline. We were looking for an aggressive organization to team up with, and we found it with PacWest,” said Mark Jemelka, chief operating officer of Circle Y Saddles.

Pac West Barrel Racing Association is the fastest growing barrel racing organization in California with plans to expand into other geographies. They are a racer-focused association which offers big association-produced supershows, local jackpot barrels, and many co-sanctioning opportunities for their members. Visit pacwestbarrelracing.com to learn more.

Circle Y Saddles, Inc. is America’s Leading Saddle Brand. Circle Y’s innovative products reflect the current trends in design and are ahead of the industry in technology. Circle Y started saddle manufacturing in 1960 in the small Texas town of Yoakum and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of saddle making. Still located there, Circle Y continues to produce high quality saddles and tack with the heritage and tradition the company was founded on. Circle Y saddles and tack are sold through a network of authorized dealers; visit circley.com to learn more.

CIRCLE Y SADDLES CELEBRATES 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN 2010

YOAKUM, Texas (December 23, 2009): Circle Y Saddles, Inc., America’s Leading Saddle Brand, celebrates 50 years of saddle making in 2010.

Circle Y began manufacturing in the small town of Yoakum, Texas, in 1960. The company built its reputation on the innovation and fine craftsmanship of its products, becoming the standard of quality in the industry. Circle Y attributes the success of the brand to its family of employees. With a deep sense of community and pride in their work, the Circle Y team boasts a combined total of over 1,500 years of experience.

Circle Y Saddles is proud to sponsor some of the biggest names in the western world including world-renowned clinician Julie Goodnight, multiple world champion barrel racers Martha Josey and Kelly Kaminski, world champion cowboy mounted shooter Kenda Lenseigne, and is the official saddle of the WPRA Finals.

Still located in Yoakum, Texas, Circle Y opens new doors in January of 2010 with a relocation to a single building facility. Previously operating from several separate buildings in downtown Yoakum, the move will allow the company to recognize greater efficiencies. With a commitment to continuous improvement of process and product, Circle Y strives to better serve its customers for the next 50 years.

“We are definitely proud of the fact that we have been around for 50 years, but we are most proud of our craftsmen. The longevity of our workforce says a lot about the integrity of the brand,” said Mark Jemelka, general manager of Circle Y Saddles.

Circle Y Saddles, Inc. is America’s Leading Saddle Brand. Circle Y’s innovative products reflect the current trends in design and are ahead of the industry in technology. Circle Y continues to produce high quality saddles and tack with the heritage and tradition the company was founded on. Circle Y saddles and tack are sold through a network of authorized dealers; visit circley.com to learn more.

CIRCLE Y SADDLES DESIGNS KENDA LENSEIGNE MEN’S SHOOTING SADDLE

YOAKUM, Texas (November 11, 2009): Circle Y Saddles, Inc., America’s Leading Saddle Brand, has created the new Kenda Lenseigne Men’s Rundown Shooter saddle made specifically for male competitors in Cowboy Mounted Shooting.

Lenseigne, Overall World Champion Cowboy Mounted shooter and six-time world record holder, collaborated with Circle Y to create her special shooting saddle earlier this year. With plans to expand the line, Circle Y worked with her to create a design comfortable and functional for men.

The Kenda Lenseigne shooting saddles have the Circle Y Flex2® tree which conforms to the horse and allows for freedom of movement. The saddle is lightweight and has a shock absorbing skirt for additional comfort for the horse. Roughout seat jockeys, fenders, and suede seat help the rider stay in position. The adjustable stirrup leather positioner strap determines the amount of leg swing the rider prefers. The swell is low and tilted forward for maximum clearance of the two guns and holsters riders are wearing.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting requires riders to negotiate an arena course at full speed using two single action pistols loaded with black powder blanks to take out balloon targets set in various patterns. A saddle that fits the horse and rider properly is critical for success and prolonged performance from the horse in this fast-paced event.

“Circle Y is honored to have Kenda on our team for the valuable insight and knowledge she has for this growing sport. We are excited about the newest shooting saddle made with men in mind,” said Mark Jemelka, general manager of Circle Y Saddles.

Lenseigne splits her time between her ranches in Arizona and Washington where she trains horses and riders for mounted shooting in addition to traveling and teaching clinics in over 30 events across the country. She is the first woman to ever win the Overall World CMSA Championship in 2009, two-time CMSA Reserve World Champion, a four-time CMSA World Point Champion, and six-time world record holder. Visit kendalenseigne.com to learn more.

Circle Y Saddles, Inc. is America’s Leading Saddle Brand. Circle Y’s innovative products reflect the current trends in design and are ahead of the industry in technology. 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. Circle Y saddles and tack are sold through a network of authorized dealers; visit circley.com to learn more.

CIRCLE Y SADDLES RELEASES JULIE GOODNIGHT PEAK PERFORMANCE™ SADDLE LINE

YOAKUM, Texas (November 11, 2009): Circle Y Saddles, Inc., America’s Leading Saddle Brand, and world renowned clinician Julie Goodnight have collaborated to design her exclusive five-saddle Peak Performance™ line. With each saddle personally ridden by Goodnight, these saddles were designed to her specifications and riding requirements.

Because Goodnight rides several different Western disciplines, there is a saddle designed for all types of work or pleasure. The 1470 Rocky Mountain High Performance saddle is designed for ranch work featuring a Kevlar® reinforced wood tree for superior strength and is the saddle Goodnight uses for Ranch Horse Versatility. The 1752 Monarch Arena Performance/Performance Trail model is Goodnight’s personal favorite for everyday use. It has a Flex2® tree and features specified by Goodnight to keep the horse and rider comfortable in the arena and out on the trail. The 1750 Wind River Trail has all the features of the Monarch but with a round skirt. The 1751 Blue Ridge Gaited Trail is designed for the gaited horse and has all the comfort features that are signature to the entire line. The 1560 Sierra Nevada Arena Performance is for the arena performance rider to keep you correct in the seat for precise cueing.

All Peak Performance™ saddles have a leather skirt liner with gel bar pads to keep your horse comfortable, Tunnel Skirt™ to eliminate pressure on the horse’s spine, close contact cut out skirts for precise cueing, and trees engineered to provide a great fit for the horse. To keep the rider comfortable is a padded seat with a narrow twist and broad seat pocket, pre-twisted stirrup leathers, and on the Flex2® models are Softee® seat jockeys and fenders for zero break-in. There is also matching tack and coordinating matching wool pads.

“Julie has added a whole new dimension to our Team of Champions. It is no accident that this new line of Peak Performance™ saddles, inspired by Julie Goodnight, all have state of the art features designed with the horse and rider in mind,” said Mark Jemelka, general manager of Circle Y Saddles.

Julie Goodnight is a world renowned clinician, natural horsemanship trainer, and host of RFD-TV’s Horse Master with Julie Goodnight. She has experience ranging from dressage and jumping to racing, reining, cutting, and wilderness riding. Her upbeat and logical style of teaching applies to her “Communicating Clearly with Horses and Riders” philosophy. Read more at www.juliegoodnight.com.

Circle Y Saddles, Inc. is America’s Leading Saddle Brand. Circle Y’s innovative products reflect the current trends in design and are ahead of the industry in technology. 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. Circle Y saddles and tack are sold through a network of authorized dealers; visit circley.com to learn more.