(That's genuine ridgeback gator hide...a lot of the ones you see now are very realistic embossed cowhide, but this is the real deal--after I ordered this, the saddlemaker starting making a lot of the faux gator saddles, combining that idea with the insert idea from the cowhide saddle pictured below. AND he started using the tree I special ordered for the cowhide saddle on his own models. I think his buddies from several other companies jumped on the bandwagon, too...so I may have unwittingly inspired a few national trends!
All were built according to my specifications on standard but specially-chosen trees. Genuine exotic hides on all of them, hand tooling, etc. All by Rocking HR Saddlery of Frisco, TX, and ordered through PFI Western Stores. They're really great saddles, attractive, affordable, high-quality. I'd recommend that company (or Teskey, which is virtually identical in price and quality, though not associated) to anyone looking to buy a semi-custom model. I don't think you'll regret it.
I've got the HR trophy saddle too, which is great. Very nice for an "economy" line. I had a horse flip over on top of it, then take off down the road with the saddle dragging under her feet. The saddle lasted for the better part of 100 yards bouncing along the ground like that before coming loose in a heap. The Blevins buckle was broken and a concho was ripped off...and that was it. I got it fixed for free and was back to riding it the next day. I had a handful of other HR trophy saddles, and I sold them all for good prices...and coulda sold more, easily.