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Justin has been building saddles since 2000. During that time, he has built saddles for working cowboys, weekend warriors and world champions. He worked on ranches and feedlots earlier in his career while continuing to build saddles part time. In 2011, he started building saddles full time. He prides himself in being a continued student of the trade. He believes there is always something new to learn about saddlemaking, no matter how many years a person has been in the business.


  • 2007 - Awarded a Traditional Cowboy Arts Association scholarship to work with  Cary Schwarz in Salmon, Idaho

  • 2007 - Awarded People's Choice for his sunflower designed saddle at the Art of the Maker's Show; on display at Cowboy Hall of Fame 

  • 2010 - Won 3rd Place in the Tooled Saddles category at the Art of Cowboy Maker's Show in Loveland, Colorado

  • 2011 - Saddlemaker at Three Forks Saddlery, working with Nancy Petersen 

  • 2014 - Head saddlemaker & saddle shop manager at Hamley & Co.

  • 2014 - Made the 2014 Pendleton Round-Up All-Around trophy saddle, won by Trevor Brazile.

  • 2015 - Made the Jordan Valley Big Loop Trophy Saddle.

  • 2017 - Featured in Western Horseman magazine, September 2017 issue

  • 2018 - Started the Carmel Wright Saddle series with professional barrel racer, Carmel Wright

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