2024 Complete Bridle Set

This complete Bridle Set is generously donated, with 100% of the proceeds dedicated to supporting the museum’s mission and endeavors.

The museum is privileged to showcase this contribution to our auction – a custom-made headstall, bit, and headstall conchos generously donated and hand crafted by John Wright & J.M. Capriola Co. We extend our sincere appreciation to J.M. Capriola Co. for their additional generosity in including a set of Jedidiah Rice rein chains, further enhancing the beauty of this complete bridle.

Jedidiah Rice, a highly regarded and respected gear maker within our industry, collaborates with his wife to operate a small shop in Idaho known for producing exceptional gear. Their dedication to crafting phenomenal pieces, including the stunning rein chains featured in this set, reflects their commitment to excellence. We are pleased to note that these remarkable rein chains are now available through J.M. Capriola Co., allowing a broader audience to appreciate the exceptional workmanship.

The museum acknowledges and values the significant contributions of individuals such as John Wright, J.M. Capriola Co., and Jedidiah Rice, who play a vital role in preserving and promoting the rich heritage of our industry. Their collective efforts contribute immeasurably to the culture of our community, and we express our heartfelt gratitude for their ongoing support.

Additionally, the museum would like to recognize the continued support and generosity exhibited by Bret Haskett and his wife, Melanie. Their enduring commitment to the former; Great Basin Gear Show, the CAGM annual contest, and the annual donation of Romal Reins exemplify a remarkable dedication to the industry and the art of gear making.

Bret’s longstanding participation in these events, as well as his consistent contributions, has significantly enriched the community of makers and our event. The museum extends special recognition to Bret and Melanie for their unwavering commitment, recognizing the invaluable impact they have made on the industry, gear making, and the success of the CAGM. Their generosity and dedication undoubtedly play a pivotal role in fostering the continued success and growth of these meaningful endeavors.

Bret Haskett grew up on a small cattle ranch located at the Fort Hall Indian Reservation where he still lives today but no longer ranches. Currently he is the Director of Fish and Game for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. He became interested in braiding rawhide cowboy gear at an early age beginning with repair work of his own items and is self-taught. His influences at that time was gear braided by Jack and Jim Shepard along with a native buckaroo named Harvey Knight. Since developing his braid work Bret enjoys going to gatherings and trade shows speaking to others always looking to gather a greater knowledge and understanding of traditional braided cowboy gear. He also has provided workshops to other braiders and spoke at gatherings sharing ideas for those trying to refine their knowledge of rawhide gear and its functionality. Today he is committed to producing high quality, yet functional, traditional rawhide gear.

We extend our sincere gratitude to the collaborators involved in this initiative. Their dedication and support make this endeavor not only meaningful but also impactful for the museum, ensuring the sustained celebration and preservation of our industry’s legacy.