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Object ID 1999.020.0001
Object Name Saddle
Date 1936
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"
Provenance 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.
Material Leather/Metal
Condition Good
Dimensions W-14.5 L-24 inches
Width (in) 14.5
Length (in) 24
Imagefile 016\19990200001-1.JPG
Condition Notes edges worn; green paint spots on one saddle bag metal rusted
People Finley, Charlie