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An original piece of art

Loretta Sorensen

Photo by Loretta SorensenRed Owl, SD rancher Robert Dennis has been making saddles for 17 years. He does a lot of work for local ranchers, but he's sold saddles as far away as Australia.

A need to customize his own saddle 17 years ago led Red Owl, SD rancher Robert Dennis down a trail he never envisioned when he first started working with leather as a youngster.

“I had traded for this saddle, kind of an old rough looking thing,” Dennis said. “It was what I wanted, but when I sat in it, I could tell it didn’t quite suit me. Rather than take it to someone else and ask them to work on it, I decided to try my hand at adjusting it.”

A need to customize his own saddle 17 years ago led Red Owl, SD rancher Robert Dennis down a trail he never envisioned when he first started working with leather as a youngster.

“I had traded for this saddle, kind of an old rough looking thing,” Dennis said. “It was what I wanted, but when I sat in it, I could tell it didn’t quite suit me. Rather than take it to someone else and ask them to work on it, I decided to try my hand at adjusting it.”

A need to customize his own saddle 17 years ago led Red Owl, SD rancher Robert Dennis down a trail he never envisioned when he first started working with leather as a youngster.

“I had traded for this saddle, kind of an old rough looking thing,” Dennis said. “It was what I wanted, but when I sat in it, I could tell it didn’t quite suit me. Rather than take it to someone else and ask them to work on it, I decided to try my hand at adjusting it.”