My model won 2 classes, 2nd in another and CHAMPION in performance at the VT Fun Show last weekend in your tack LOVE the set. Thank you so much!
Heather Good, Rye, NH
I just received my saddle and I wanted to tell you personally that this item is absolutely a work of art! I've never seen anything more beautiful. I'm fairly new to this collection, and I see why your reputation stands above them all in this field.
Steve Bonilla, Medford, MA
I LOVE IT! Thank you so much, Barbara. It is truly a work of art. The pictures of this set don't do it justice.
Barbara McDermott, Christmas, FL
Oh, my Goodness, Barbara!!! What a MASTERPIECE!!! Someone really can't imagine exactly what one would really be like until they hold one in their own hand! I've never seen another model saddle that looks SO REAL! Bless you for your precious gift of knowing how to do this! It fits perfectly on my Smart and shiny model.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You !!!
Retta Whelchel, Leicester, NC
The saddle arrived today. It's GORGEOUS! I'm in love. :) Thank you again for the wondeful artistry that goes into these saddles.
Beth Brown, Williston, VT
Thank you for the incredible tack. The saddle is a true masterpiece!! The bridle and the rope are beautiful, as well. Thank you so much.
Sarah Reid, Westport, CT
Thank you so much for your awesome work--my saddle is gorgeous! I love everything on it: the stirrups, the "US," the saddle pad . . . all of that looks awesome. Thanks again, I really do enjoy buying tack from you.
Canadian customer, chose to be anonymous
The package has arrived safely and it is so much more than I expected--the finish is perfect. Thank you for all your efforts on the color. All the details on the pieces are wonderful. It was like an early birthday present opening all the bags. I have had a play!
Val Evans, United Kingdom
August 2009 (A word about Ben, from a dear friend)
I assume everyone here knows Barbara Perry? I hope so. Barbara is the daughter of the great, late Ben Perry, the man who first introduced me to the concept of sheer gentility in the 1/6 scale hobby. Ben made a gift to me of his very first ever 1/6 scale Western saddle after we became acquainted through my query to him about one of his Civil War saddles. He was bigger than life, and, in my opnion, was one of the greatest people the 1/6 scale world has ever been privileged to know. I know many other people share this opinion. Ben is very much missed in this hobby.
Anyway, it's SO nice to see you here today, Barbara, and I hope you are doing well. I have Ben's saddles and other tack on display in my house--reminders of my fond memories of your dad.
Kirby Jonas, Pocatello, ID
Absolutely beautiful work by Barbara! I love the new saddle and tack and customer service is A+++!!! I can't believe the detail that goes into these saddles. Just perfect! My granddaughter will absolutely love this gift someday when she is older.
VaNessa Van Aalsburg, Hardy, AZ
This is just a little update and thank you for making me the custom saddle (Japanese War Saddle) set last year. It was beautiful and detail. Finally I got time to work on the rest of the costume set included making and attaching the tassels, sculpted the armor plates. Here is the finals look of the whole set.
Evan Lee, Oregon
Photographs by Evan Lee
I was happy to receive the saddle (Custom Zorro Tornado Saddle) you made on Friday 3/16. I do like your work. As I had originally looked at your father's website, I had the measured confidence that if I requested a special saddle to re-create in scale, I could believe that it could be done by Ben's Custom Tack. Your special skill and artistry has confirmed my expectations. I was happy to find examples of the real saddle and was encouraged to send you the limited additional back-up info as a collaboration to help you implement your creative skill. I think the tooling pattern looks good. I like the way you integrated the cover to the base saddle.
Tyler Dunn, Chelmsford, MA
Photo by Ben’s Custom Tacke
I absolutely love this beautiful saddle and will take a minute to tell you why.
#1, Your craftsmanship is wonderful
#2, This saddle will illustrate a piece of our family history
GrandDad Charlie, pictured here with Grandmother Christie, was a gentle, quiet man but had quite the exciting past that we kids loved hearing about. He drove cattle up the Chisholm Trail on a brown gelding named Dallas, and I suspect seated in a saddle much like yours. He and Dallas once had to run from a tornado in Oklahoma; “That scared me pretty good.” He taught me how to lasso, but for some reason the two of us were banished outside of the house to practice!
So, as I share these stories I will have your saddle and “Dallas” to help tell the tales.
Thank you, Barbara, be well and blessings to you!
Nan Shirley, Dublin, Ohio
Photographs by Nan Shirley
Phenomenal! These saddles aren't a product, they're a work of art. I have four (so far), each a different style saddle, and all of them feature exquisite craftsmanship. If you can't have or don't want a real horse and full-sized tack, this is the next best thing.
Beth Brown, Williston, VA
Just letting you know my order arrived safely after its long journey.
The saddle and accessories are such a beautiful piece of art and I just wanted to say that people such as yourself and other craftsman who continue this type of work are admired and appreciated by those of us who collect them.
You have a great skill and will no doubt pass it on as your father passed on his incredible abilities working with leather on to you.
Cameron Florence, Australia
(ordered RCMP package)
Well, Barbara, you are wonderful to have made and gotten Ellen’s racing set on it’s way to her already! We so appreciate your craftsmanship and care. God’s blessings to you.....”
Nan Shirley (grandmother), ( and Ellen, our horse lover!),
Your saddle and tack (Custom 1880 Trail Rider Saddle Package – 1:3 scale) just arrived and I had to drop what I was working on to “saddle up.” You did an amazing job using just measurements! The fit is awesome and I’m impressed with your leather craft work! Thanks again for your patience and skill in making my dream model horse into such a treasure!
Lynne Easterbrook, Boise, Idaho
Just wanted to let you know how much I love the tack. It is truly amazing. Looks absolutely perfect on the horse. Thank you very much. You do wonderful work!
Karen Lawrence, Wellsville, Ohio
(Ordered Western Roper Saddle Package)
Shame on me for not videotaping Ellen getting her custom racing set for Secretariat. She absolutely LOVES it, squealed with delight! Thank you for the beautiful work.....
Well, what else could we think but get a racing set for her favorite filly, Zenyatta? We are considering the racing set in black leather. We won’t need a blanket (have silk one). Would you consider creating a black set with a “sheepskin” nose band to equal the cost of the package without a saddle blanket? This would be a birthday gift for the end of February.
Thank you for considering, and oh, Happy New Year
Nan Shirley, Dublin, Ohio
I am writing to express my gratitude for the beautiful saddle that you made for my Breyer horse. I love it! I have wanted a custom -made saddle for my Gem Twist model for a very long time and I am thrilled to have this fine replica of a real English Saddle.