I've seen a lot of posts about custom made saddles, or asking about brand/type/quality, so I thought I'd share mine.
(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.