By Bo Wagner 

Historic Saddlery Makes Saddle For National Finals Rodeo


For years, Connolly Saddlery was known for their custom hand-made saddles.  The detailed tooling and integral craftsmanship were sought after and quickly became well known throughout the country.  In 1978, with the retirement of the head saddle maker, Connolly Saddlery stopped making custom saddles.  However, 34 years later the Connolly stamp is being tooled into quality leather again.

In 2012, for their 100 year anniversary, the current owners Dave & Barb Wagner, re-launched the Connolly Saddle.  The same level of quality and custom craftsmanship has been revived into the twenty-first century.  

"Growing up everyone knew the high standard of the Connolly saddle and we spent years working to bring that standard back," says Dave Wagner.  "We couldn't be more proud of the saddles." 

The quality and appeal of the Connolly saddle hasn't taken long to get noticed since its re-introduction.  This past summer, the Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) extended an invitation for Connolly Saddlery to be a part of their saddle program that gives a custom-made saddle to the top 15 Barrel Racers in the world at the NFR in Las Vegas. 

"We are extremely honored to be a part of this program.  Obviously, there are only 15 saddlerys in the country that get asked and we're humbled that our saddle will be a part of the National Finals Rodeo in Vegas," stated Wagner.

The saddle is currently on display at the Connolly store located in Billings, MT until it will be taken to Las Vegas in December. 


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