Rider Buckle

by Siri Stevens

story and photo courtesy of Jim Rider, Rider Buckle

The idea for the Rider Buckle (self-locking stirrup adjustment buckle) was developed while I was marketing the Rider Cinch (adjustable flank cinch), I had developed a one of a kind locking device which allowed the Flank Cinch to be adjusted to 32, 36, and 40 inches. Several people commented about the need for a locking stirrup adjustment buckle after seeing the buckle I had designed for the Flank Cinch. This was in 1990, about 2 1/2 years ago I had renewed interest in my Flank Cinch and again saddle makers commented about the need for a locking stirrup adjustment buckle. So, for the last 2 1/2 years I have been in the development and patent process designing the strongest and safest stirrup adjustment buckle on the market, The Rider Buckle. We have had the Rider Buckle tested several times at Accurate Laboratories in Okc to insure it will stand up to the most demanding situations. We have had earlier revisions of the Rider Buckle in the Roping Community being tested daily, because of this testing we have made 5 different revisions to the initial design. It is now ready for the saddle market, we have it available in 2, 2 1/2, and 3 inch sizes. The Rider Buckle attaches to your Fender and Stirrup Leather exactly as the tongue and sleeve saddle makers are currently using. At this time I am finalizing the design for a locking sleeve in 2 1/2 and 3 inches, the sleeve will retro fit easily to your saddle, by simply removing your old sleeve and adding ours you add another level of confidence to your riding experience. You can see our products and our testing of the Rider Buckle simply by visiting our website at hightechtack.com. The Rider Buckle is available from, Action Co.- Schooley Saddlery-Sulphur River Saddlery-Truth Saddlery-Steve Lantvit Saddlery-Nile Valley Saddlery, or call Jim Rider,405-361-7492

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