Ryan started his journey into building bits and spurs in 1994. His education in the builders trade came from riding with horsemen and cowboys who were skilled in the finer points of communication between man and horse. His time spent in the saddle starting colts and cowboying for a living, have aided him in the practical application of theoretic principals. Along the way he would find established makers willing to impart skills and techniques that could improve the products he was making. Ryan and his wife, Kathryn, currently own and operate a breeding and training business in Stanley, NM, specializing ranch type show horses. This horse business and seasonal day work, provide immediate product testing opportunities, and allow him to get feedback from the industry professionals that purchase & use his items.