About Frecker's Saddlery
I started in the saddle business in Oct. 1981, at Smith & Edwards Co., and I have been self-employed since April of 1990. I worked with Dale Harwood making the "Ray Hunt" saddles for a year. Dale has probably made the greatest influence in my saddle making, and I am grateful for his help. Others who have influenced my work are Bob Ray and Randy Hansen.
It has been my honor to have made several saddles for Buck & Mary Brannaman, Shayne Jackson, Dave Gamble, Kip Fladland, Ray & Carolyn Hunt, Curt & Tammy Pate, Roland & Robin Moore, Tom & Jillie Selleck, and many more. I have sent saddles all across the United States Alaska to Hawaii, Canada, Austria, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Japan, France, Spain, Belgium, Africa, and Brazil.
Meet my beautiful wife, Pam Frecker. We have been married more than 37 years. She is a great wife and has put up with a lot getting this saddle shop to run smoothly. Pam kept the books as well as made chaps, shoeing aprons, cantle bags, and more over the years to help out. We have raised four kids together and they have turned out to be great adults, and we have 10 grandkids and 2 on the way.
Tyler is Kent's son, and has been working with leather most of his life making chaps, belts, saddle bags, and bucking rolls. Tyler is an excellent saddle maker; he started making saddles for his dad in 2003 and does most of the wildlife carvings in the shop. He is working here full time to support his wife, Anna, and children, Andrew, Eli, and Zsophie.
Emily is Kent's daughter and is married to Porter Rix. Emily has been doing tack for years, and she enjoys working with leather and turns out a great finished product. Emily also keeps the store neat, clean and orderly. She has a beautiful daughter Olivia with another Baby on the way.
Porter is Kent's son-in-law, married to Emily. He is from Swan Valley, Idaho. Porter started at Frecker's Saddlery in 2013 and makes great saddles and tack. He is also in charge of repairs and helps run the store by helping customers and taking care of many of the phone calls.
Karsten is Kent's youngest son; he has been working in the shop for years, growing up making headstalls, strap goods, and repairs. He started apprenticing with his dad making saddles in 2011, and is excelling in this trade, sending saddles all over the world as well. He manages the saddle shop in Dillon.
Jolly Ann Frecker
Jolly Ann Is married to Karsten and is orginially from the Philippines. She keeps busy in the shop making a variety of tack items along with helping to keep the shop organized and clean. Jolly Ann is a new mother to her and Karsten's daughter Pearl.
Loncey is originally from North Platte Ne.
He started as an apprentice with Kent in 2016 when he first came to Frecker's Saddlery
Loncey is now making top quality saddles, while also helping Kent in building Trees.
Jessie Jo Johnson
Jessie Jo is married to Loncey, she is making great chaps and tack items for the shop. She is also in charge of keeping the website, facebook and instagram all up to date. As a great bonus to the shop she works with rawhide covering our trees and braids great Rawhide tack items such as hondas, bosals and romals.
Ross Miller is a recent addition to our staff as an apprentice saddle maker.
Ross has been repairing and building saddles for 20 years now. He lives in Dillon and has a Backelors degree in Horsmanship from the University of Montana Western. Ross is also a silversmith and engraver. We carry his saddle silver, bits, and western Jewelry in our Store.
Each custom saddle is stamped with the saddle maker's name on it. We take pride in our work and put our name on it to prove it.