Billy Cook saddles are respected for both their quality and good looks. The Wade saddle (which is a saddle built on a Wade saddle tree) is popular for all aspects of ranch work which often includes long hours in the saddle, riding over rough terrain, and roping. A Wade saddle is often easily recognized among horsemen by its low, slick fork (“swells”) and saddle horn. Below are Billy Cook Wade saddles for sale from several different major online sellers.
Below: A Billy Cook hard seat Wade saddle with a dropped flat plate rigging.
HorseSaddleShop.com image. Used with permission.
Comparison Shop Billy Cook Wade Saddles
Below are Billy Cook (brand) Wade saddles for sale from several major online sellers. You can compare different models and prices all on this page.
Billy Cook Wade Saddles: What’s In A Name?
When shopping for a Billy Cook saddle on eBay, HorseSaddleShop (their Billy Cook Wade saddles are shown below) or anywhere else, there can be some confusion surrounding the use of the name “Billy Cook.” That’s because there are two separate entities, one in Sulphur, Oklahoma and the other in Greenville, Texas, that have the rights to make saddles under the Billy Cook name.
- The Billy Cook saddles made in Sulphur, Oklahoma are usually referred to as “genuine” Billy Cooks, and/or as saddles made by Billy Cook, “maker.”
- The saddles made in Greenville, Texas are often referred to as Simco Billy Cooks, Longhorn Billy Cooks, or (you guessed it) Simco/Longhorn Billy Cooks.
So, what’s this all about?
Some time back (we think it was the late 1970s or early 1980s, but we’re not sure) Billy Cook, the person, and Billy Cook, the saddlery business owned by Billy Cook the person, underwent legal proceedings. As a result, Longhorn Leather Company acquired the rights to make saddles using the Billy Cook name. Then, in 1990, Longhorn was purchased by Simco, another well known saddlery. As a result, Simco/Longhorn has the lawful right to make saddles using the Billy Cook name. They manufacture their saddles in Greenville, TX.
There was a pause after the legal proceedings mentioned above, then Billy Cook, the person, once again resumed making saddles under his own name. These saddles are frequently described as “genuine” Billy Cooks, and/or as a saddle made by Billy Cook, “maker”. These saddles are made in Sulphur, OK.
So, does it matter where the Billy Cook saddle was made?
Both the Billy Cook saddles made in Sulphur, OK and the ones made in Greenville, TX are lawfully making saddles with the Billy Cook name. They both make a respected, well-liked line of saddles with happy customers. Some people have a preference as to where a Billy Cook saddle was made, and some don’t. The choice is yours.
- HorseSaddleShop is located in Bremen, Indiana.
- Their saddles are almost always in stock and ship same day.
- They are one of the largest saddle sellers in the country, and the last time we checked they were the #1 Billy Cook saddle dealer in the country.
- Many of the saddles on their website have reviews by customers that have purchased the same saddle. Simply click the link below on any Billy Cook Wade you might be interested in and look for reviews underneath the saddle’s description.
- HorseSaddleShop only carries Billy Cook saddles made in Sulphur, OK. For more information, see Billy Cook Wade Saddles: What’s In A Name? a little higher on this same page.
Caution! Please take a good look at the saddles from Amazon, because some of them are not made by Billy Cook! The search results that lists the saddles you see here aren’t always perfect and sometimes incorrect results from Amazon show up.
What Is A Billy Cook Wade?
The phrase “Billy Cook Wade” sounds a lot like the name of a single person with three names, like entertainers Jamie Lee Curtis or Tommy Lee Jones. However, with a Billy Cook Wade saddle it’s two separate names describing one saddle: “Billy Cook” refers to the name of the saddle maker, and “Wade” refers to the style of tree the saddle is built on.
Billy Cook saddles and other tack are sought after due to their longstanding reputation for quality tack. They make a complete line of tack and saddles, including their Wade saddle.
Below: A Wade saddle with beautiful tooling.
Below: A brand new Wade saddle. This particular one was awarded as a trophy saddle.
Who Was Clifford Wade?
As you might already know, the famous Wade saddle was named after a man by the name of Clifford Wade, who had inherited the saddle from his father, Aaron Wade. Mr. Wade, senior, had purchased the saddle from an unknown maker in the late 1800s and passed it on to his son Clifford when he died.
A neighbor of the Wades, Tom Dorrance, admired the make of the saddle and had one made similar to it with some adjustments. Tom Dorrance, like his father Bill Dorrance, was a respected horseman and the saddle maker wanted to call the new style of saddle a “Dorrance.” Tom Dorrance, though, preferred to call it a “Wade” and this was the name the saddle came to be known by.
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