I ride in a Ozark Saddle King Barrel Racer that's about 10 years old, and I completely love it. They're based in Waco, Texas, and they make top notch saddles.
The truth about western saddles is a sad one - you really can't spend less than 4 or 5 hundred dollars from something -decent-, and if it wasn't made here, pretend like it doesn't exist. Imported saddles are DANGEROUS - trees break, leather tears, hardware snaps - avoid them like the plague.
If you want to buy used (which I suggest you do - western saddles can be hard to break in), go with a Circle Y Park & Trail, an Ozark Saddle King (which you probably won't find used - people don't sell 'em once they buy 'em), an older Simco, or TexTan.
Regarding a roping saddle as a pleasure saddle - I say no. Ropers are HEAVY, rawhide wrapped wood trees usually. I'd go with a barrel saddle - they have deep seats you can really sit back in them, they're lightweight (mine is 22 lbs!), and you can get them in both full quarter horse bars and semi quarter horse bars. Also, consider a saddle made for the trails. :]
One other brand to check out is Rider's Choice. They sell via ebay
, and they are of excellent quality. They are made in Alabama, and they last forever, are super comfortable, and great quality.
Make sure you know how to fit a western saddle too - they're a lot heavier and can cause more damage than an ill-fitting english saddle.
Best of luck to you!