BENTON MOORE – SADDLEMAKER for the PRESIDENT

“A True Legend of Groesbeck”

Contributed by Larry Smith

“The Saddle of Independence” was carefully designed and built in Moore’s local saddle shop and presented to President George W. Bush in July of 2002. More than anything, it is personification of Benton Moore, his spirit, independence and belief in America as well as his admiration for President George W. Bush during and after September 911. 

Benton Moore, “Butch” to most of us, was born on Sept. 12, 1943 and lived here most of his life except for stints in college, work, the United States Army and his many trips to hunt or attend rodeos. He died at a young age of 61 on Sept. 4, 2005. His life was filled with accomplishments too numerous for this short article.

Benton Moore Saddlery was opened in the early 1970’s and each saddle was handmade with utmost attention to fit the size and build of the rider and for its intended use. His saddles were used by top ropers, cutting horse competitors and working cowboys throughout America and the world.


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