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ClydeLover
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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  04:25:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit ClydeLover's Homepage Send ClydeLover a Private Message
Saddle maker brands don't mean a whole lot to me, but a friend gave me this old 16" Western Saddle a couple years ago and said it was a Billy Cook saddle. The only makers mark on it is on the latigo carrier. It's marked Billy Cook, Greenville, Texas. I took it to a local saddle shop and the owner said it was likely a Billy Cook "type" saddle. He said Cook usually signs his saddles and numbers them, and the name on the latigo carrier is likely counterfit. Nevertheless it's a well made saddle.

Time is the best teacher, unfortunately, it kills all it's students!

Chuck
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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  08:16:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Chuck's Homepage Send Chuck a Private Message
If the saddle is only a few years old, then it was made by Simco-Longhorn. It is not a counterfeit because they legally own the name Billy Cook. The saddles made in Oklahoma by Mr. Billy Cook now carry the name "Billy Cook Classic Saddle" - we sell them as "Billy Cook" saddles though.

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Chuck
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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  08:16:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Chuck's Homepage Send Chuck a Private Message
If the saddle is only a few years old, then it was made by Simco-Longhorn. It is not a counterfeit because they legally own the name Billy Cook. The saddles made in Oklahoma by Mr. Billy Cook now carry the name "Billy Cook Classic Saddle" - we sell them as "Billy Cook" saddles though.

Chuck

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Bull Trainer
Tenderfoot

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Posted - 06/17/2005 :  12:40:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bull Trainer's Homepage Send Bull Trainer a Private Message

Chuck,

I am new to this forum. I recently bought a used Billy Cook Roper.

It is in GREAT Shape. There is a # stamped in the Jockey on each side under the stirup straps followed by a space and the # 81.

Is the # 81 the year the saddle was made?

Thanks in advance,

Bull Trainer.

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Bull Trainer
Tenderfoot

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Posted - 06/17/2005 :  12:40:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bull Trainer's Homepage Send Bull Trainer a Private Message

Chuck,

I am new to this forum. I recently bought a used Billy Cook Roper.

It is in GREAT Shape. There is a # stamped in the Jockey on each side under the stirup straps followed by a space and the # 81.

Is the # 81 the year the saddle was made?

Thanks in advance,

Bull Trainer.

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Kyhorsechic
Tenderfoot

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Posted - 06/30/2005 :  08:35:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kyhorsechic's Homepage Send Kyhorsechic a Private Message
To my understanding, Billy Cook originally made his saddles in Greeneville, TX many years ago, and moved his business to Sulpher Oklahoma in the early 90's. Simco-Longhorn owns the rights to only some designs of his and therefore allowed to call their saddles Billy Cook. All Genuine Billy Cooks will say " Billy Cook Maker" or "Genuine" on the saddle.( Simco-Longhorn can't put that on the saddle). Simco's may have some designs but they don't use the same quality tree's, leather, etc.. as Genuine Billy Cooks made in Sulpher, Oklahoma. I have a genuine Billy Cook roping saddle ( Oklahoma ) and I tell you, they are well made, hardy, well balanced and seem to fit every horse great. Don't buy a Simco thinking you're getting a real Billy Cook. Completely different saddles. Would HIGHLY recommend the Genuine Billy Cook's out of Sulphur, OK!!!
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Kyhorsechic
Tenderfoot

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Posted - 06/30/2005 :  08:35:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kyhorsechic's Homepage Send Kyhorsechic a Private Message
To my understanding, Billy Cook originally made his saddles in Greeneville, TX many years ago, and moved his business to Sulpher Oklahoma in the early 90's. Simco-Longhorn owns the rights to only some designs of his and therefore allowed to call their saddles Billy Cook. All Genuine Billy Cooks will say " Billy Cook Maker" or "Genuine" on the saddle.( Simco-Longhorn can't put that on the saddle). Simco's may have some designs but they don't use the same quality tree's, leather, etc.. as Genuine Billy Cooks made in Sulpher, Oklahoma. I have a genuine Billy Cook roping saddle ( Oklahoma ) and I tell you, they are well made, hardy, well balanced and seem to fit every horse great. Don't buy a Simco thinking you're getting a real Billy Cook. Completely different saddles. Would HIGHLY recommend the Genuine Billy Cook's out of Sulphur, OK!!!
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