Captain Richard King demanded saddles of great structural integrity, constructed of the very highest quality leather available that could withstand the harsh conditions of the South Texas Rangelands.
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Unable to find saddles and tack that met his rigorous specifications, he addressed this problem the way he approached many others – he decided to solve it himself. Captain King assembled a group of first-rate craftsmen at the ranch who made saddles of such fine quality that news of their superiority spread quickly. Within a few years of the end of the Civil War, the King Ranch Saddle Shop was providing saddles and tack not only for the vaqueros who tended the burgeoning herds bearing the Running W brand, but also for many other ranchers and cowboys on both neighboring and distant ranches.
The vast array of first-rate home furnishings, luggage, furniture, clothing, and, of course, saddles that King Ranch today makes available for sale to the public are direct outgrowths of the earliest efforts of 19th century King Ranch leather craftsmen. Although the variety of goods we offer is much larger than it was during the early days of the shop, our commitment to using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship still imbues everything we sell. You can see that commitment in action today at the King Ranch Saddle Shop in the historic Ragland Mercantile Building in downtown Kingsville, Texas, where descendants of the original Kineños who helped Richard King tame the Wild Horse Desert still employ the high standards of craftsmanship that they learned from their forbears to create goods that are both elegant and functional.
King Ranch goods look and feel authentic because they are – just like the ranch that inspired their creation. No flash-in-the-pan merchandising idea, the King Ranch Saddle Shop is a living, uninterrupted outgrowth of the original 1860s saddle shop on the old Santa Gertrudis Division of King Ranch.
King Ranch has a licensing agreement with Ford Motor Company. King Ranch Ford F-150 trucks convey the same understated opulence and commitment to quality as the custom saddles made by the Kineño craftsmen of the King Ranch Saddle Shop.
To learn more about the King Ranch Saddle Shop, please visit www.krsaddleshop.com. All the photographs of furniture that you will see there were taken at the Main House on the Santa Gertrudis Division of King Ranch.