John Willemsma has had
the great fortune of being able to study under some of
today's greatest craftsmen, such as Don King, Dale Harwood
and Chuck Stormes. Combining the knowledge he gained from
them, and his study of early saddleries particularly Visalia,
Hamley and Ray Holes, John brings a strong desire for high
standards to each and every saddle that he builds.
2006 marks John's 30th
year building high quality custom saddles. Day working on
several ranches during his period, has given him an appreciation
of the importance of function and fit of a custom
In 1986 John opened
LJ's Saddlery with a desire to build and design saddles that
he felt met the needs of both working cowboy's, horsemen and
In 20 years John and
LJ's Saddlery have gained a reputation for providing high
quality Cowboy Horse Gear to customers across the United
States, Canada and Europe. It is not uncommon while visiting
one of the big Ranches across the west to see several
cowboy's riding LJ's Saddlery saddles. It is also not
uncommon to see LJ's Saddlery saddle being ridden at many of
the horsemanship clinics across the United States.
From breast collars, to
spur straps, and custom accessories, LJ's Saddlery has
satisfied the need of these horseman and women who seek
"Gear of the Highest Caliber" for 20 years.
It's John Willemsma's goal to use the
knowledge passed on to him and the experience that he has
gained as a horseman to create a lasting saddle that
combines both function and artistic eye appeal.
John Willemsma Saddles Have Been
Coconino Center for the Arts -
Museum of the Big Bend - Alpine, TX.
Vaquero Day's - Santa
Work Ranch Cowboy
Association Finals - Amarillo, TX.
Museum of the Cherokee
Strip - Enid, OK.
Festival - Oklahoma City, OK.
Cowboy Hall of Fame -
Oklahoma City, OK.
National Cowboy Poetry
Gathering - Elko, NV.