Keith Seidel started working leather in his hometown of Cody, Wyoming at the age of 12. Keith bought his first stitcher at 13, and was working in a local saddle shop after school at age 14. His family raised Morgan horses, giving Keith the time in the saddle and show pen to become knowledgeable about saddle fit, function, and comfort. After finishing school in 1983, he traveled the United States to different saddle shops learning and developing new skills and technique. He was privileged to be influenced by and study under dozens of saddle makers. He chose versatile and legendary craftsman he wanted to work with and gain as much knowledge and skill as possible. Keith has built over 800 saddles, from plain working cowboy saddles to show saddles, from performance saddles to collector saddles. His experience horseback, paired with his broad knowledge base of having built the variety of saddles he has, makes him a very talented and accomplished saddle maker.
Seidel’s Saddlery was started in Cody in 1994 by Keith and his wife Lisa. They have been a great team over the years, establishing and maintaining a retail store for 20+ years. Their daughters, Kelly and Bridget, have been an immense help in the store and shop, and now that they are grown, are building careers in other fields. Keith & Lisa have closed the store, but maintain the saddle shop in their historic downtown Cody location.
The saddle shop upstairs is where the romance and tradition are combined to create functional art. Keith Seidel has been a full time saddle maker and leather craftsman for over 30 years. He is a recipient of the 2012 “Saddle maker of the Year” award presented by the Academy of Western Artists. He has received the “Best Tooled Saddle Award” each time he entered at the World Leather Debut in Sheridan, Wyoming, in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2010 and also won “Best Stand Alone Piece” as well in 2003. He has awards for “Best of Show”, “Best Workmanship” and “Best Tooling” from the Wichita Falls Boot & Saddlemaker Roundup in 2004 and 2011. He incorporates the same work ethic and quality into every piece that comes out of the shop. Keith works to ensure that each and every item is accurately designed and constructed to meet or exceed the customer’s expectations. His work has been featured in several publications including Cowboys and Indians, American Cowboy, Western Horseman, and Architectural Digest, and Ranch & Reata. His work is presented and gaining value in collector shows like the Denver Old West Show and the High Noon Show. Seidel’s Saddlery has a diverse clientele consisting of celebrities, executives, working cowboys, and performance horse riders.
Seidel's Saddlery showcases amazing sterling silver and gold belt buckles made by the very best western silversmiths of today. These silver companies include Clint Orms, R. Schaezlein & Son, Comstock Heritage, Sunset Trails, Greg Jensen, Ed Baird, and others. Seidel’s Saddlery offers phenomenal customer service. Seidel's Saddlery is the very embodiment of the wide open American West when business was done on a handshake, and men were men of their word.
Come visit our unique saddlery in the historic downtown of Cody, Wyoming and let us make you that saddle or that custom leather item that you always dreamed of! You’ll truly enjoy it, we promise!