Boulder Saddle Stories

Boulder Saddle Stories documents the family stories surrounding both the history of saddle making and use in the area surrounding Boulder, UT, as well as the values those saddles represent to this community. Since ranching has been and continues to be a major occupation and way of life in Boulder and in the Escalante Grand Staircase area, a focus on oral histories of saddle making and use reveals the underlying assumptions, beliefs, and values shared by the inhabitants of this part of the state of Utah.

For several years the Boulder Heritage Foundation has put on a festival to celebrate the history and arts of the area. A significant part of that festival is called “The Saddle Corral,” in which various members of the community bring their family saddles to display. In 2010 and 2011, funded by the Utah Humanities Council, the Boulder Heritage Foundation partnered with YourStory: Record and Remember to record the stories behind the saddles. These stories and accompanying photographs were published as Boulder Saddles in 2014. A sample of some of the stories are presented here.

Leo Gardiner

In this brief excerpt Leo Gardiner shares his understanding of the relationship between a cowboy…

Dell LeFevre

Dell LeFevre has some fascinating stories about the various saddles he has owned over the…

Margie King Ence

Here Margie King Ence provides some historical background regarding her family's ranching on Boulder Mountain.…

LeFair Hall

When LeFair Hall's horse fell in a sinkhole while he was herding cattle, not even…

Clyde Ormand

Clyde Ormand tells stories about some rugged experiences in driving cattle and in taking wheat…

Ann King Reynolds

Ann King Reynolds, a descendant of one of the earliest ranchers in the Boulder area,…

Wendell Roundy

Wendell Roundy describes a serious situation when he was riding a green-broke horse alone, checking…