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Don Loewen Saddle School

Testimonials

"Don Loewen has always had a reputation for building a good using saddle. I looked at a couple of Don's saddles that the cowboys in the valley had ordered and had been using for every day ranch work and I was impressed with the quality  of the rigs and how they were standing up. I've been riding my Loewen saddles for some time now and haven't got one complaint. The saddle sits on a horses back well and I've never rode in a more comfortable seat. Don's saddles are reasonably priced and you will never get a better person to deal with."
Alex Robinson
(Cow boss)
Quilchena Cattle Co.
Quilchena B.C.
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About Don Loewen

Born into a cowboy family, Don Loewen grew up with a keen interest in horses and saddlery. At 14 years of age his interest led him to make his first saddle. Having kindled a passion for the feel of leather shaping in his hands, Don, then 17 years old, set off for Saddle School in South Dakota where he honed his skills as a saddle maker and artisan. Life took him back to ranch life where he cowboyed in southern Alberta and at the Douglas Lake Cattle Company in B.C. Later Don spent time logging, in the B.C. forests.
In 1995 Don returned to his passion of saddle making, and he opened a home based saddle shop called Don Loewen Saddlery. In March 2004 he decided to go from a home based business to a store front business in down town Merritt B.C. located in the beautiful Nicola Valley. 

Don just celebrated his thirtieth wedding anniversary with his beautiful wife Jody; together they have six wonderful children, and two precious grandchildren. Don’s eldest son has also learned the basics of the craft and has built himself five saddles of his own, four, of which he has sold.

Comfort, durability and the ability to stay positioned throughout a full day’s ride, is what makes Don’s saddles so well known throughout western Canada. He works closely with Bowden Brand Saddle trees as he is happy with the trueness of the trees, giving each saddle a solid foundation to build on. Of the more than 500 saddles Don has made in the past 20 years, most of them have found a home on working ranches in B.C. and Alberta.

Not only is Don continuing his craftsmanship of saddle making, but he is also teaching and passing down the art of saddle making to a wide range of people, from young high school boys to grown men from Sweden. Don loves teaching to those who are eager and willing to learn.  Click here to view ‘Don Loewen Saddle School’ if you or someone you know is interested in learning the art.