Saturday, June 23, 2012

Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction 2012

It's that time again...

 Every June, the Denver Merchandise Mart hosts this country's permiere Western collectibles event, Brian Lebel's Cody Old West Show & Auction.  There is no better place to view a wide variety of historic saddlery.  The offerings typically include all sorts of Western saddles,
Charro saddles, 
Native American saddles... 
and regalia, 
and, of course, lots and lots of parade saddles. 
I think I touched at least half a dozen Bohlins today! 
There were also a wide variety of other items on display.
 I even managed to find some Tiff-ilicious horse hair prison bridles.
Yep, that really is a pink and purple bridle! 
This one, which was made in Deerlodge, Montana, is a bit more subdued, but that's still pink.  
Most of the tack items at this show are way, way out of my price range.  However, I did not come home empty handed.  
As always, this was a most enjoyable way to spend the day.  I'm already looking forward to next year's show!


  1. I'm jealous! Nice bit of loot too ;). Isn't it awesome getting to be that close to Bohlins? Too cool :). Thanks as always for sharing!

  2. Still love that metal horse "helmet". WIsh the friendly guy would have been available to tell us about that one!

    Fun as usual, mark me down for next year!

  3. Aren't they fascinating?! Auction catalogs like these are the best reference. But don't forget High Noon which got started in 1988, before, I believe, Brian Lebel.

  4. Re: the loot. Can you believe that everything I bought was on sale? The catalogs were marked down to $10 each and the book was a show special for $50 instead of $75. I felt extravagant buying as much as I did, but those prices were too good to pass up!

  5. Looks like great fun!
    The Native American stuff looks amazing!