How to Identify an Imitation Billy Cook Saddle

By Becky Swain

Billy Cook Harness and Saddle is located in Sulphur, Oklahoma, having been incorporated in 1991 in Greenville, Texas. World renowned for quality, design and comfort, Billy Cook saddles are available in a variety of styles, including all-around pleasure saddles, heavy-duty saddles, show saddles and cutting saddles. Whether you're looking to purchase a new or used saddle, the authenticity of a Billy Cook saddle can be verified by a number of different markings left by the saddle maker for the purpose of identifying the brand.

Examine your saddle for the Billy Cook trademark. The trademark contains the words, "Billy Cook, Maker," and "Sulphur, OK."

Examine your saddle's fenders, latigo and cinch carrier for the Billy Cook trademark. The trademark will be marked on the seat by a metal medallion or stamped into the seat's leather.

Locate and verify the serial numbers on the saddle skirts found under the fenders. To verify the serial numbers, call Billy Cook Saddle and Harness at 1-800-311-7549 (as of October 2010). You can also contact the company in writing at the following address:

Billy Cook Harness & Saddle

219 W. Muskogee Avenue

Sulphur, OK 73086-4816