Bob is a saddle maker and has been a bit, spur and saddle collector for the past twenty years. Bob was born in Almota, Washington. Bob Hickman's grandfather was a foundation breeder for appaloosa's back in late 1920's through 1940's. Bob was a calf roper in high school and College.
Hickman Saddlery sells to collectors in France, Italy and Sweden. Canada. There's a big market in Europe.One of their biggest events is at the Mandalay bay Convention Center. National Finals in Las Vegas Bob Hickman says he caters mostly to the "working cowboy. "It's seeing buckaroos all over the West relying on his gear that's most gratifying.
"These are tools to a working cowboy," Bob said, strolling through his shop where saddles and other riding necessities jam the sales floor and dangle from the rafters. He now turns out between 45 and 50 handmade saddles a year, he said. Prices start at $2,700 and can go up to $30,000 with silver embellishment.
His latest product is a, cable-rigged saddle, with a carbon fiber tree. Western traditions come easily to Hickman. He grew up on the Hickman owned family 4000 acre ranch in Colfax WA and north Idaho. "I think this is one of the last industries that have gotten computerized. Some (cowboys) are lucky to even have electricity."
Tara Hickman, Hickman Saddlery Ltd., Tara's dedication, leadership and excellence in marketing.
With seven years of experience as the director of finance for Hickman Saddlery Ltd., Ms. Hickman specializes in customer relations. In the course of her duties, she is responsible for overseeing finances and marketing, running the shop, and working with customers to ensure that they get exactly what they want from their custom-made items. She attributes her success to her husband, who is the co-owner of the business and a master leather craftsman. Ms. Hickman travels to horse events across the United States and Canada to sell and promote her company's custom equestrian products. In addition, the company's innovative custom saddles have been featured in the Quarter Horse News and Horse All. Ms. Hickman believes that grassroots marketing and exposure have taken Hickman Saddlery to the next level.
Tonya Poole : Experience for seven years traveling to USA and Canada trade shows and selling Hickman Saddlery products has the understanding what the rider and horses needs are.
Tonya Poole is Hickman Saddlery's customer service .We like to hear how our company is doing and everyone else about their experiences ,whether those experiences are good or bad. Hickman Saddlery will also respond very quickly to both positive and negative feedback, attend to customer problems and maintain, regain or rebuild customer confidence. Tonya is currently attending medical esthetician school till sept 2018. We congratulate her!