Gray's Custom Saddlery
Proprietors and Owners
John H. Gray
 
Master Craftsman and Saddle Maker
Fran Gray
 
Proprietress
Retail Store
406 Market Street
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas 72512
Tel: 870-670-4800 or Cell: 870-291-0449
email


CUSTOMER COMMENTS

March 2009
Hi John.

It was very nice speaking with you the other day!
Thanks so much for making the saddle for Stan.
Here is the information about the event in Jackson. 

I hope to see you there.
All the best,

Sarah


UNBROKEN SPIRIT: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF STANFORD ADDISON, NORTHERN ARAPAHO TRADITIONAL HEALER AND HORSE GENTLER
 
7 PM OPENING RECEPTION FOR "UNBROKEN SPIRIT" A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION IN THE THEATER GALLERY AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

AN EVENING OF STORIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, FILM AND DISCUSSION
7:30 PM IN THE THEATER AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS


 With a training crop duct taped to his arm and his long braid swinging behind, Stanford Addison gentles wild horses off the plains near his home on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.  He does this sitting in his wheelchair.
Addison lost the use of his legs nearly 30 years ago when the truck he was traveling in hit a herd of wild horses.  Since his accident, Addison "learned to make friends with horses again" and has developed an intuitive approach to horse training.
In the process of working with wild horses, Addison shows people positive alternatives to many of the obstacles they face. Social Services and the justice system request his assistance to help youth find positive ways of dealing with hardships on the reservation; he helps them draw strength from traditional Arapaho ways.
Addison's youth was spent busting broncos and raising hell. After his accident, he became deeply depressed, unable to face neither the enormity of the loss of his physical powers nor the strange healing gifts he had gained. But eventually Addison accepted his fate. He now lives on the reservation of his youth as a renowned traditional healer and horse gentler.

His extraordinary transformation has been recorded in Lisa Jones' book, BROKEN: A Love Story as well as Angelique Midthunder’s PBS documentary SILENT THUNDER. His life on the reservation today has been captured in UNBROKEN SPIRIT, an exhibit of photographs by Sarah Kariko.

Join Stanford Addison and his family and friends, Lisa Jones and Sarah Kariko for an evening of song, prayer, storytelling through words and pictures, and a question and answer session
 
"If we can communicate with a horse," Stan says, "we can communicate with each other."

Smithsonian Magazine Article http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/10010411.html

http://www.stanaddison.com/

Special Olympics 2008

Thank you so much for allowing us to use "Lacy" for the  Special Olympics.  She was a great winner as always.  We came home with 16 medals and several ribbons.  Everyone had a great time.
Thanks again.

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("Lacy" is the horse, ridden with a Special Needs Saddle from Grays Custom Saddlery)

New Hope Community Saddle

Saddle is working great. The guys love it. Thank you very much!

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"I am very pleased with my saddle, it is comfortable...I love the handle and the booties you made...the handle is easy for me to grip....the booties allow me to mount my horse without anyone holding the other stirrup... it stays in place just fine!   You have given me more confidence to ride because of your secure saddle.

God Bless,  Melinda

"I went to watch my wife ride and thanks to your Bucket Saddle I was able to ride with her."  My wish came true.  Thank You.

John,

I didn't have much time to ride when I first got my saddle , but
 I've used it a couple of times now. I am very pleased. It is comfortable and if I don't get any fatter then I  think the knee rolls are fine. I especially love the handle and the booties you made. The handle is very easy to grip and the booties with the tacky on the side of the horse has enabled me to do something I've never been able to do before.
 I can mount my horse without anyone holding the other stirrup. it stays in place just fine!
The extra padding of that other tacky material was a great idea. thanks for doing that.
I have had a few people ask me about the saddle and i give them your name.
Thanks again for all your hard work. You have given me more
confidence to ride because of your secure saddle.
I pray that GOD will richly bless you. I do not know your spiritual
 beliefs are, but I have found Jesus  to be everything that He claims to be in the Bible. if you ever want to talk about eternity, just send me an email. GOD BLESS!

M. L.