Saddling Up in Style

Jerry Croft—saddle maker supreme.


Jerry Croft can be a stubborn cuss. Growing up in Michigan, he decided he was going to be a cowboy. There was just one problem.

Everybody told him there weren’t any more cowboys. But he had to find out for himself; so after high school he headed to Arizona and b’golly, there were still cowboys there and he was determined to become one.

He learned fast and from the best. Pretty soon he was working the famous Babbitt Ranch in Flagstaff, running rough string horses when that ranch had good bucking horses. He also broke horses for Charley Dees, a well-known horse trainer in Scottsdale, and he ran wild cows out of Wikieup and Yucca.

One summer when he got restless, he ventured up to the Grand Canyon, where he shod mules and guided tourists. He also spent some time with the Fred Harvey Company, breaking horses and conducting tours in Death Valley.

About this time, he met the love of his life, Duffy. Pretty soon they got...

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