We have trained students in the art of saddle building from all over the world, including New Zealand, France, Sweden, South Africa, Canada, and Australia to name a few.  We have also had students in the class from most states in the United States.  We welcome anyone who is interested in learning the art of saddle building!


Dale has designed and built a forward stirrup fender that balances the rider’s weight in the saddle.  This saddle is used in Montana ranches and is a proper trail riding saddle as well as an excellent stock saddle.  Dale's knowledge and experience will provide a solid background for a fulfilling hobby or a career in saddle building.Most students have continued with part time or full time saddle building and related tack repair.  A number of students have opened their own saddle shops or have begun a rewarding hobby.  There is a good market for quality handmade saddles and gear. 

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required with your application.  The balance is due upon arrival, no exceptions.


Your tuition includes the cost of materials for your personal saddle.  Bedrooms are available, but please book early as space is limited.  Each room includes a refrigerator, microwave, dishes, silverware, bedding, electric frying pan, and a crock pot.  You will be responsible for your own shop clean up, laundry, cooking, and bedroom clean up. There is a washer and dryer on site for laundry. There is no maid service.  Class size is usually kept at 4-5 students as there are only 4 bedrooms.  Exceptions would be if there were to be a couple taking the course or someone living in this area who could drive back and forth.  There is no discount if you live in this area and drive back and forth to class. We do not have the ability to board horses on site. If you want to bring your horses for the duration of the class, you will need to make boarding arrangements elsewhere. 

The Montana Horseman Saddle Building School recently doubled in size!  We have expanded our school from 1500 square feet to 3000 square feet.  We provide more room to work on your saddle, sew, tool, learn, and get individual help!

  • We now have 4 bedrooms and 2 baths.

  • Each student now has their own spacious 6’x8’ work table

  • A new conference table for discussion and learning.

  • A new leather tooling station.

  • Listen to music while you work!

  • A collection of magazines when you relax


Thanks to everyone who has made this class grow and really grow internationally.  When Dad started this school, we had absolutely no idea how many international students would be coming to Montana.  Many members of our family have been fortunate to meet and in some cases, become good friends with students!  The school has become such a part of our parents lives and they truly enjoy it.  Us kids (there are five of us), love to see our parents having built this school up from nothing to where it is today.  We all have learned a lot from people all over the world, and it has been very interesting.  Coming to this school, we promise you will learn more than you thought you wanted to learn and more than you thought there was to learn about horses & saddles! 


Kim & Kevin - Dale & Norma’s children