Lisa and Loren Skyhorse

Bio

Lisa and Loren Skyhorse have been a wife/husband team since 1977. Their full-time passion for saddle making has taken them around the world and has overflowed into many forms of leatherwork. Lisa began leatherwork while attending UCLA as an Art Major. This, along with her lifetime love of horses, blossomed into an apprenticeship with Master Saddle Maker Lawrence DeWitt in 1973. The first saddle she ever built began her love affair with saddle making. She was twenty-four years old. Loren began as a Biologist, doing much of his work on horseback. Loren and Lisaʼs mutual love of riding brought them together. In 1977 they homesteaded 45 acres on the Northern California coast. For 20 years they produced all their own power, built their own home, boarded and bred Arabian endurance horses, and pursued their saddle making careers. In 1996, Lisa and Loren moved to Durango, Colorado where they still live today. Their two children and two grandchildren also live in the area. They are still happily building saddles, creating leather art It is our heartfelt belief that the first 2/3 of a person’s life is busy learning skills, building a family and establishing an identity and priorities. The last 1/3 of oneʼs life is dedicated to sharing what we have learned with others. This defines our passion for our traveling projects and we feel honored to have found cultures that share our passion for horses and leather work.

Accolades

  • Judged with Ann Stohlman First International Leather Competition, Sheridan Leather Show, Sheridan, WY
  • Western Design Conference Western Spirit - 2019
  • National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Nomination - 2012
  • Art of the Saddle Maker Exhibition Pro-Rodeo Hall of Fame - 2004-2007

Artwork

Barstools
Footstool
Cowboy Star Saddle
Cowboys and Indians
All You Need Is Love
The Buckaroos
Zorro Saddle Set 11 Pieces
Armchair Cowboy