My Col­lec­tion

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The Col­lec­tor:

Mer­rilee Doss Hur­ri­cane, Utah

The Col­lec­tion:

A trove of bits— a cen­tury in the mak­ing—hang on a rack; each telling its own story of Doss’ fa­ther’s West­ern horse life. “It all started with the pur­chase of a used bit in 1936,” Doss shares. “It’s now a col­lec­tion of more than 150 bits and bri­dles my fa­ther used, ad­mired, and ac­quired dur­ing his 60plus years of ranch­ing in Ne­vada, Ore­gon, and Cal­i­for­nia.”

Some of the bri­dles pho­tographed were used for ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties, while oth­ers were pur­chased be­cause of their his­tory. “My fa­ther, Richie Mor­gan, used many of these bits on his bri­dle horses on ranches, at brand­ings, or in lo­cal horse shows,” Doss ex­plains. “Other bits were ac­quired merely be­cause he knew they had a great story to tell.”

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