|Description||Leather saddle with leather covered horn; low cantle; saddle bags tied on behind cantle; brass (?) star medallion with leather ties on saddle bags, at side of cantle and below pommel; metal stirrups have cut out design; metal emblem on the back of cantle reads "Schoellkopf Co. / Dallas, Texas, USA / JUMBO"|
Letter from donor dated June 1, 1999 reads:
While attending an 'Old Timers' function at the museum I noticed a 'Florida Cowboy Saddle' which was a McClellan Tree saddle. That prompted me to donate my roping saddle to the museum. I have not ridden the saddle in 42 years.
Charlie Finley, my dad, gave me this saddle made in Dallas, Texas by The Schoelkopf Company in 1936. He also gave me a Texas Mustang cow pony shipped from Texas by Mr. Sam Speer who was a friend of Dad's. We named this horse Sam after Mr. Speer and another friend of Dad's named Sam Shiver.
Sam was the bet cow horse I ever rode. I rode him during the late 30's and early 40's dipping cows and doctoring cows and mostly calves for screw worms. We gave Sam a well deserved retirement about 1950. He lived to be about 30 years old.
While in the Navy I wrote Dad and asked him to breed a mare he had to Geech Partin's Quarter horse. A little mare colt, which I name Lee, was born July 4, 1946. When she was 2 years old I put my saddle on her an rode her about 100 yards down a dirt road. She never did buck, but she tried to whatever I wanted her to do. She turned out to be a pretty good cow horse.
In 1957 I was helping my uncles and my cousin, C.J. Tyson, pen some cattle. A Brahman bull broke out of the herd and I went after him. Lee caught him in a few seconds. We tried to turn him back toward the herd, but he charged us and hooked Lee in the stomach. I called a veterinarian who came to Narcoossee within 30 minutes. He worked very hard trying to save her, but he could not.
I never rode this saddle again.
Donor was a 1944 OHS graduate.
|Dimensions||W-14.5 L-24 inches|
|Condition Notes||edges worn; green paint spots on one saddle bag metal rusted|