Navajo artists like Thomas Curtis Sr., Leonard Nez, Wayne Franklin, & Oscar Alexius have something else in common, the Rodeo. All of them have competed and won big events in the All-Indian Professional Cowboys Association. Big Buckles and Trophy Saddles are as common around here as the pick-up truck. Gallup, New Mexico would be considered a rodeo town and we are proud of it.
Gallup, New Mexico is also home to quite a few “safety box” businesses called Pawn Shops. Rodeo stars, ranchers, along with the casual horse rider always are looking for a safe place to keep their valuable saddles. It seems like saddles outnumber horses in this area 100 to 1. When we have tour groups in the Trading Post the visitors are always amazed by the number of saddles in storage. These saddles are often Navajo pawn that has been left and are now for sale.
If you are a saddle person you will enjoy making a trip to Gallup. We have had some great handmade saddles by local artists, “world champion’ rodeo saddles, custom made saddles, and some very unique special saddles. If you need a saddle this is the place to find one, from home decorations, bronc saddle, barrel racing, or just your roping saddle, we have them all.