In very good overall condition, this is a beautifully made custom western show saddle made locally in Florida by Jeff Beach, Saddler in Trenton. It is made with medium oil, premium leather, has rough out stitched seat and rough out fenders. Marked Jeff Beach 200. Turned stirrups, high quality silver and brass embellishments. The seat is 16ins, and the width is Full QH bars – measured 7.25ins concho to concho. Blemishes: overall condition is very good, but please note: patches of real sheepskin have deteriorated towards the front of the saddle, as shown.
A little info about Jeff Beach from an article commissioned by The Florida Cattlemen’s Association:
“Jeff Beach skillfully fashions about two dozen custom saddles a year in the shop behind his home in rural Gilchrist County, near Trenton. Strikingly beautiful examples of functional artistry, he decorates most of them with graceful, hand-tooled or “carved” designs. Although Jeff will make any type of saddle, most he builds are used in the highly competitive rodeo event of tie-down calf roping. His impressive list of clients includes Trevor Brazile (Decatur, Texas), winner of twenty-three PRCA World Championships, and considered by many as the greatest professional rodeo cowboy ever; Cody Ohl (Hico, Texas), six time PRCA World Champion; Fred Whitfield (Hockley, Texas), seven times PRCA World Champion calf roper; and Caleb Smidt (Bellville, Texas), 2015 PRCA World Champion calf roper. At this time, he has a waiting list of more than three years. “I lose a lot of orders because they don’t want to wait,” stated Jeff. “I can understand that, but the saddles have got to be what I want them to be, or else I’m not going to send them. Almost all of my customers want their saddles tooled,” he added, “And that takes a lot of time.”
Jeff has always enjoyed making things with his hands. In 1982, he saw a “how to” book on saddle making advertised in Western Horseman magazine, ordered it, and has been making saddles ever since. Jeff enjoyed building saddles and strived to improve his work. Two renowned Florida artisans helped him achieve a high level of skill in tooling leather: Ocala saddle maker Blake Kral and Okeechobee master leather carver Bob Dellis. “Blake helped me a lot, taught me how to tool. He helped me with style and design. In the late 1980s, I went to his shop and bugged him to death, and he was glad to help me.” A little later, he met Bob Dellis, who enjoyed a national reputation. “I visited him in Okeechobee a lot.” He produced a series of video tapes that proved invaluable to advancing Jeff’s skills. “That changed the way I laid out my designs. His methods really helped me a lot,” declared Jeff.
Jeff uses nothing but the finest materials. “Most all of my calf ropers use a Hogg tree (made by Billy Hogg of Conway, Arkansas). They are good trees. They are stout and you are not going to break ‘em.” He also uses trees made by Lewis Tree Company of Hereford, Texas and Sonny Felkins (Quality Manufacturing) of Monticello, Utah. He buys all his leather from Herman Oaks of St. Louis, Missouri. Jeff will make any type of saddle. “I love it when someone calls me up and asks if I can make them a Wade saddle. I love making Wades. I’ve made a lot of reiners, and quite a few barrel saddles. I’ve made working cow-horse saddles. Cutters, I’ve made a few of them, trail saddles—I’ve made them all. But my biggest deal is the roping saddles. That’s who calls me.”