The Bozeman Saddle Outlet and Don Adamek

Bozeman Saddle Outlet's founder Don Adamek was born just before the baby boom in Yoakum, Texas the town that would later become home to Tex Tan, Circle Y, and several other saddle manufactures. He farmed the family land near Petersville, Texas. He worked for the Highway department and at Sheckles Machine Shop before getting his first real whiff of leather - and a ticket west. It was the mid 1960's when Tex Tan hired him to work as a sales representative in Oregon, 2,300 miles from Yoakum, Texas. The Tex Tan job took him to southern California and eventually the Northeast where he continued to sell saddles. But the west coast called him back, in the mid 1970's he went to work for Circle Y, selling saddles and tack all over northern and central California. The road got old, and his house was filling up with children - Tamma, Tracey, Kasey and Scott. In the late 1970's Don opened Delta Saddlery in an old wooden house in Lodi, California. He settled nicely into that life until a family vacation to Montana gave him new, big ideas. In 1990, he packed up and moved the family to Bozeman, Montana opening his second store - Bozeman Saddle Outlet. Bozeman Saddle Outlet has been doing business for more than 20 years. In early 2002 the Lodi California store was closed with all the merchandise moving to the Bozeman location. It was July of 2006 when "The Saddleman" passed away. The Bozeman Saddle Outlet is still under ownership of the Adamek family, with Cid Klebenow managing the store, keeping the same good quality in saddles, tack and customer service.