Lebel's Old West Show & Auction is taking over the annual High Noon Show & Auction, with hopes of expanding interest and participation in American western antiques shows.
A California riding outfit is among one of the big draws of the auction portion of this year's High Noon Western Americana Weekend, slated for Jan. 25-26. The saddle and related accessories garnered praise from "Antiques Roadshow" appraisers during a 2005 stop in Reno.
Over the millennia, horses have served us on farms and battlefields, competed for us on racetracks and entertained us at the movies. It’s no surprise, then, that bridles have become a popular collectible, especially among Western Americana enthusiasts.
Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa's silver embroidered saddle – the last saddle he owned – sold for $750,000 at the High Noon Western Americana Auction Jan. 28, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz.