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Bill Maloy has spent more than 45 years making saddles. He grew up on a ranch in Three Rivers, California near Visalia, where he got an early start working on saddles at his parents' Pack Station in Sequoia National Park. Bill attended College of Sequoias and Fresno State where he majored in art. After college, he went to work in a saddle shop in Visalia as an apprentice under Bill Rogers. It was there that he was influenced by the Visalia style saddles and the stamping of Stanley Dias. From that he has developed his own interpretation of the Visalia style stamping from which he is widely noted.
In 1959 he moved to Reno, Nevada and opened his own saddle shop in downtown Reno. In 1969 he moved into his present home and shop with his wife Mary of 48 years. In the early 70's he learned to do his own silver work, primarily from his close friend and neighbor, the late Al Pecetti and also Mark Drain. He designs, fabricates and engraves all of his silver and gold.
Bill has always been a cowboy and has owned and ridden horses all of his life and is still a competitive team roper.
Throughout his career, Bill has made virtually every type of western saddle, including many trophy saddles. He made the All-Around Cow Horse Saddle for the Cow Palace through the 60's and also has made the Salinas California Rodeo All-Around Champion Saddle for 22 years.
In 1997 he was awarded first place in a stamping contest at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada. Also that year, he was honored at "Canada's Cowboy Festival" in Calgary as one of the "Heros of Western Art and Craftsmanship." In 2002 he received the Will Rogers award as "Saddlemaker of the Year" by the Academy of Western Artists.
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