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Saddle is real collector's item

Monday, June 12, 2006

A Cherokee Sesquicentennial saddle is a one of a kind creation by veteran Cherokee saddle maker and city councilman Bob Leach that he has donated for a raffle supporting the Bacon Aquatic Center/Gillette Park development.

The design for the commemorative saddle was developed by Leach incorporating saddle features and tools that are representative of saddles used many years ago. The saddle is a particularly appropriate way to commemorate Cherokee's 150th with the community's agricultural heritage, the long tradition of rodeo and the growing current interest in the new Cherokee Horse Arena.

The saddle will be on display at Northwest Realty, at this year's rodeo and will be making several special appearances at other events. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Tickets are available at the rodeo, Northwest Real Estate, Cherokee State Bank, and will be on sale at various special events over the next month. The drawing will be one of the last events of the Cherokee Sesquicentennial celebration - scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 2 at the Cherokee Horse Arena during "Cowboy You."

Don't own a horse? "There are a number of people who have a saddle on display in a den or family room" according to Leach.

No place to display a classic saddle? "No problem" says Patty Smith, who is coordinating ticket sales, "We'll find you a buyer -- there is real interest in this saddle."

Bob Leach spent many hours creating a finely crafted saddle to be raffled off to help the Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project.
A comparable saddle could be worth thousands of dollars, but this one is one of a kind.

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