Lisa & Loren Skyhorse
Master Saddle Makers since 1974
Lisa and Loren Skyhorse have been a wife/husband team since 1977. Their full time passion for saddle making has taken them around the world and has overflowed into many forms of leather work.
Lisa began leather work while attending UCLA as an Art Major. This, along with her life time love of horses, blossomed into an apprenticeship with Master Saddle Maker Lawrence DeWitt in 1973. The first saddle she ever built began her love affair with saddle making. She was twenty-four years old.
Loren began as a Biologist, doing much of his work on horseback. Loren and Lisaʼs mutual love of riding brought them together. In 1977 they homesteaded 45 acres on the Northern California coast. For 20 years they produced all their own power, built their own home, boarded and bred Arabian endurance horses, and pursued their saddle making careers.
In addition to their main focus of building saddles, they have also studied in England and learned the art of English Saddle Making, and studied Western Boot Making with Randy Merrill.
As of September 2013, they have built over 950 saddles together, each a custom, one-of-a-kind piece. Their forte is a classically built, contemporary saddle that rides as beautifully as it looks. Since 1996, they have lived, worked and played in Durango, Co. Their (wonderful!) daughter and son also live in Durango, along with their two (super - wonderful!) grandchildren. They are still avid riders and have ridden in Mongolia, Siberia, Africa, and all around the USA.