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Rick & Marcia


The first saddle Cary made for us was in 1997. Already Cary had a reputation for doing
thoughtful and meticulous work, and we couldn’t have been more pleased or proud of
that saddle. It is still as beautiful and functional today, as it was the day we picked it up.
Since then Cary has gone on to make many beautiful saddles, and we are pleased that
we have five of them. We cowboy for a living and our saddles are pretty much used
everyday. Cary has made us all kinds from swell to slick fork, and each one is balanced
to the eye as well as the horse. One of the things that is pretty cool about having Cary
make you a saddle is after your saddle is a year old, Cary likes to have it back, to take it
apart, clean it, and see how its wearing, and working out. Cary has an interest in each
saddle he makes, and each client he makes the saddle for. His excitement and joy for
his trade is evident. He is a continual student of the craft, as well as a gracious teacher.
As clients he has walked us through each of our choices and shares his thoughts on
what might work out good for each of us. Now Cary’s saddle are exquisite, but this is
what Rick has to say about his Schwarz saddles, “they are durable, functional, look
good and makes my horses and my butt happy”.

Rick and Marcia, New Mexico

Jim Reilly


In my judgment, Cary Schwarz is the consummate custom saddle-maker. There are others who may say that they are custom saddle-makers,
 but what they mean is that they do all the work themselves – and build the saddle their way. Cary works with the customer to build a saddle the way the customer desires it to be built
(provided the customer is knowledgeable about how a saddle is supposed to fit a a well-conditioned horse and how a horse functions biomechanically).

Cary has made three saddles for me. Each one reflects my desired small, but important, changes as well as his advanced skills in building them.
I believe that this is because Cary has always remained a student in order to become a better saddle-maker, ever pursuing his quest for absolute perfection
whether in function or artistic beauty.

His saddles are functionally accurate and make for a happy horse because of their fit as well as being pleasing to the eye with his attention to the smallest detail and his superb carving ability.
As an example, with my first saddle, which I took to him for cleaning after the first year of use, I asked him to put a floral design on the seat side of the cantle. I watched in amazement
as he free-drew a design and then carved it out – like it was no big deal. I have had other saddles made by “custom saddle-makers” but none match my Cary Schwarz saddles.

Jim Reilly, California