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Sad­dles used by top heel­ers in the game in 2018.

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Departments - By Kaitlin Gus­tave

RYAN MOTES

Horse: Star­bucks, 19; Rocky, 14

Sad­dle:

Ryan Motes Roper by Bar H

Why? It’s a sad­dle that Bar H and I de­vel­oped to­gether. I like to ride a rough­out seat. We build a cus­tom tree that fits a wide range of horses— kind of an in-be­tween, real nar­row high withers and also fits some rounder-backed horses. It’s a com­fort­able rid­ing sad­dle and I’ve had luck with it on a wide range of horses.

More: $2,150 shop.barhe­quine.com

PAUL EAVES

Horse: Casino, 10

Sad­dle:

Coats Sad­dlery

Why? Larry does such a good job on fit­ting my horse and fit­ting the rider. We ride all day and these sad­dles are com­fort­able to ride. The main rea­son is be­cause they fit ev­ery­thing we put them on.

More: $4,500 325-651-5080 coatssad­dlery.com

KORY KOONTZ

Horse: Remix, 9; Abbey, 21; Yel­low, 15

Sad­dle:

Martin Sad­dlery

Why? I’ve had a spon­sor deal with Martin Sad­dlery ever since they joined with Equibrand and Clas­sic Equine. We worked to­gether on a tree with a front end and sad­dle horn bet­ter suited for heel­ers. I like it be­cause of the way that I can sit down in my sad­dle and stay bal­anced and ride through the cor­ner. Then I re­ally like the front end of my sad­dle and the sad­dle horn be­cause I feel like it gives me a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity to get a good dally and fin­ish a run.

More: $3,900 mar­tin­sad­dlery.com

WHIT­NEY DESALVO

Horse: Becky, 5

Sad­dle:

Cac­tus Pres­tige with Lewis Tree

Why? I like the Cac­tus sad­dle be­cause it’s one that fits my horse the best. It’s all I’ve rid­den on her for a year now.

More: $3,250 903-441-0700 cac­tus­sad­dlery.com

JU­NIOR NOGUEIRA

Horse: Green Card, 10

Sad­dle:

HW Leather Co.

Why? My friend makes these sad­dles. He made me this sad­dle, and it fits pretty good on my horse. I’ve been us­ing the same one for­ever on Green Card.

More: $4,800 817-825-4730

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