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INTRODUCTION:  PARADING THE SILVER

INTRODUCTION TO HOLLYWOOD COWBOYS, SILVER PARADE SADDLES, & THE WESTERN CLOTHING DESIGNERS WHO COMPLETED THE LOOK!
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The Glory Days

If you have ever dreamed of parading down Main Street in your home town on a prancing horse attired in mesmerizing silver tack, then you've come to the right place.  Silver parade saddles appeared in the 30's & 40's & became even more popular as the Hollywood Cowboy era hit it's heyday in the 50's & 60's. They were especially popular in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California, & can still be seen in that parade today.  Horse shows began including classes for parade horses & silver saddles became more ornamental with each passing year.  The photo to the right is Mr. Art Miller on golden American Saddlebred, Peavine's Golden Major, a parade champion in the '50's and '60's.

Today, there are few silver parade saddle makers left.  The Hollywood Cowboy days are a by-gone era, but those still lucky enough to own parade saddles love to show off what are now predominently antique saddles.  This site is for those who still appreciate the tradition of riding a fine horse dressed in silver & flashy floral decor.  Our hats are off in honor of the famous saddle makers such as Edward Bohlin, Frank Coenan, Keyston Brothers, Ted Flowers, Bruce Lovins, L. V. Frazer & scores of other silver saddle makers who created such beautiful tack.  We also tip our hats to the famous Hollywood clothing designers such as Nudie Cohn, Fay Ward, Manuel & Nathan Turk, to name a few.  These designers dressed the Hollywood cowboys, country,  pop & rock musicians alike in gorgeous embroidered suits & shirts with glittering crystal embellishments, many of which are now only glimpsed in museums or private collections.

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PARADE SADDLE TERMINOLOGY

If you love Ted Flowers silver saddles, be sure to check this video out on Youtube.   11 ladies and their beautiful horses put on a spectacular display of parade saddles.  The video has great background music and is one of the best ones I've seen awhile:
 
Click on the links below to see some fabulous vintage western attire designed by Nudie Cohn.  All attire is owned and modeled by members of the Cowgirl's Historical Foundation:
 
 

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How many of our silver saddle paraders have seen these little accessories before?  They are antique German Silver hoof tips.  Glittered or painted silver hooves are flashy but these are guaranteed to grab some attention.  This set is not for sale as they are part of a private collection, but we thought our viewers would enjoy seeing these up close.

Do you love a Morgan in parade attire?  Then click on the pictures below.  The larger picture links to a video of Mr. Art Perry, a 10 time World Champion Morgan Grand National Parade title holder.  The smaller picture links to the same Morgan Parade Class during a different year with two gorgeous contenders.

   

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